[MAKING A LIST] Despite tours by such popular clubs as Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Mexico's national team remains the biggest draw on the U.S.
The Tri, which faces the USA on Wednesday in Philadelphia, has drawn six of the 15 largest soccer crowds of the year on U.S. soil, including four of the top six crowds.
Reflective of its ability to attract fans for heavyweight opposition, the USA has played on four of the nine dates that drew the largest crowds.
The seven other largest crowds not involving the USA or Mexico were for the 2011 World Football Challenge. Five of those games involved MLS teams.
2011 Largest Crowds
|ATT. ||GAME ||DATE ||VENUE |
|93,410 ||1. USA-Mexico (Gold Cup) ||June 25 ||Pasadena, Calif. |
|81,807||2. Man. Utd.-Barcelona (World
Football Challenge) ||July 30 ||Landover, Md. |
|80,108||3. Mexico-El Salvador (Gold Cup) ||June 5 ||Arlington, Texas |
|78,936||4. USA-Argentina (friendly) ||March 26 ||East Rutherford, N.J. |
|78,807||5. Mexico-Guatemala (Gold Cup) ||June 18||East Rutherford, N.J.|
|70,627||6. Mexico-Honduras, USA-Panama (Gold Cup) ||June 22
|70,080||7. Barcelona-Guadalajara (World Football Challenge)||Aug. 3 ||Miami |
|67,052||8. Seattle-Man. Utd. (World Football Challenge)||July 20 ||Seattle |
|64,121||9. USA-Spain (friendly)||June 4 ||Foxboro, Mass. |
|62,000 ||10. Mexico-Costa Rica (Gold Cup) ||June 12 ||Chicago |
|61,308||11. Chicago-Man. Utd. (World Football Challenge)||July 23 ||Chicago |
|60,808 ||12. Mexico-Ecuador (friendly) ||March 29 ||San Diego |
||13. Barcelona-Club America (World Football Challenge) ||Aug. 6 ||Philadelphia |
|57,305 ||14. Philadelphia-Real Madrid (World Football Challenge) ||July 23 ||Los Angeles |
|56,211||15. Los Angeles-Real Madrid (World Football Challenge)||July 16 ||Los Angeles|