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Soccer outdraws baseball on Saturday
by Paul Kennedy, August 3rd, 2014 11:57PM

TAGS:  manchester united, mls, real madrid, soccer business


[CROWD COUNT] Bolstered by a U.S. soccer record crowd of 109,318 for the Man. United-Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich., a crowd of 69,3640 fans for Liverpool-AC Milan in Charlotte, a record for a match in North Carolina, and 48,765 fans for the San Jose-Seattle MLS game to open NFL 49ers' new Levi's Stadium, soccer outdrew baseball on Saturday.

The 10 MLS and Guinness International Champions Cup matches on Saturday averaged 36,317 compared with 34,179 for the 15 MLB matches. And it wasn't like it was an offnight for baseball. The two best-supported teams -- the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals -- were both at home.

Seven of the top 25 U.S. soccer crowds for the year were for matches that took place in the last week. And to cap the weekend, Portland set an NWSL attendance record on Sunday when a crowd of 19,123 watched the Thorns-Houston Dash match at Providence Park.

(The soccer fever was tempered, though, by the announced crowd of 3,947 for the Chivas USA-FC Dallas match on Sunday night.)

Top U.S. Crowds: 2013

Top 25 U.S. Soccer Crowds (2014):
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.

1 comment
    commented on: August 4, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.
    baseball & golf both take too long......

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