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Top 25 U.S. soccer crowds (2014)
by Paul Kennedy, August 3rd, 2014 2:21AM

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[CROWD COUNT] The record crowd of 109,318 in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Man. United-Real Madrid capped a big day for soccer crowds in the United States.

The Liverpool-AC Milan game drew 69,364 fans in Charlotte, a record for a match in North Carolina, and the San Jose Earthquakes drew 48,765 for the opening game of the NFL 49ers' new Levi's Stadium.

Seven of the top 25 crowds for the year were for matches that took place in the last week.

Top U.S. Crowds: 2013

Top 25 U.S. Soccer Crowds (2014):
ATT. MATCH (DATE/CITY)
109,318 (1) Man. United-Real Madrid (Aug. 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.)
86,432 (2) LA Galaxy-Man. United (July 23 in Pasadena, Calif.)
84,876 (3) Mexico-Ecuador (May 31 in Arlington, Texas)
69,364 (4) Liverpool-AC Milan (Aug. 2 in Charlotte, N.C.)
68,212 (5) Mexico-Nigeria (March 5 in Atlanta)
64,207 (6) Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers (July 13 in Seattle)
62,583 (7) Real Madrid-Inter Milan (July 26 in Berkeley, Calif.)
62,462 (8) USA-Mexico (April 2 in Glendale, Ariz.)
61,238 (9) Man. United-Inter Milan (July 29 in Landover, Md.)
60,707 (10) Mexico-Bosnia-Herzegovina
(June 3 in Chicago)
57,512 (11) Real Madrid-Roma (July 29 in Dallas)
56,385 (12) Seattle Sounders-Tottenham (July 19 in Seattle)
56,292 (13) Mexico-Portugal (June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.)
54,117 (14) Man. United-Roma (July 26 in Denver)
53,407 (15) Mexico-South Korea (Jan. 29 in San Antonio, Texas)
53,267 (16) Spain vs. El Salvador (June 7 in Landover, Md.)
52,961 (17) D.C. United-Fulham (July 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.)
52,033 (18) USA vs. Nigeria (June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.)
50,006 (19) San Jose Earthquakes-LA Galaxy (June 28 in Palo Alto, Calif.)
49,746 (20) Seattle Sounders-San Jose Earthquakes (May 17 in Seattle)
49,653 (21) Liverpool-Man. City
(July 30 in Bronx, N.Y.)
48,765 (22) San Jose Earthquakes-Seattle Sounders (Aug. 2 in Santa Clara, Calif.)
46,063 (23) Portugal-Ireland (June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.)
45,329 (24) England vs. Honduras (June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.)
39,304 (25) Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy (July 28 in Seattle)

The Guinness International Champions Cup was expanded from seven U.S. dates in 2013 to 13 U.S. dates in 2014. Seven of the matches played so far rank among this year's top 25 crowds. Only Inter Milan-Roma in Philadelphia (12,169 fans) and Olympiakos-AC Milan in Toronto (10,603) of the 12 games have not drawn more than 30,000 fans.

Top 25 U.S. Soccer Crowds (by event):
7 Guinness International Champions Cup
6 Mexico international friendlies
3 MLS international friendlies
3 Seattle Sounders MLS matches
3 Other pre-World Cup international friendlies
2 San Jose Earthquakes MLS matches
2 USA international friendlies
*Total counts USA-Mexico twice.


2 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 3, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
    I don't understand why they moved Olympiakos/Milan game from NYC to Toronto. Playing in NYC for any Italian team would have better attendance than playing in Toronto or Philadelphia.
  1. Paul Roby
    commented on: August 3, 2014 at 1 p.m.
    In Philadelphia there were plenty of Italian-Americans in attendance but ticket prices kept away all but the one percent. Tickets started at $54 and went above $200 for a meaningless, albeit entertaining, pre-season match.

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