Highest attendances for 2016 soccer friendlies played in North America, ranked

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Another round of summer friendlies in the US and Canada has come and gone. And they have once again been a smashing success, both in attendances and TV ratings.

This summer was truly an international flavor with teams playing on North American soil from Spain, Germany, Mexico, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Italy as well as clubs from all three tiers of US soccer.

The big winners this summer were the teams participating in the International Champions Cup. But also impressive was the 35,000 who attended the FC Cincinnati friendly against Crystal Palace, which had a greater attendance than many giant teams playing in larger stadiums across the continent.

Here are the most attended soccer games in North America during the summer of 2016:

Rank Teams Date Stadium City Attendance
1 Real Madrid 3-2 Chelsea July 30 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI 105,826
2 PSG 3-1 Real Madrid July 27 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH 86,641
3 Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich August 3 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ 82,012
4 Chelsea 3-1 AC Milan August 3 US Bank Stadium Minneapolis, MN 64,101
5 Bayern Munich 4-1 Inter Milan July 30 Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, NC 53,629
6 Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool July 27 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 53,117
7 AC Milan 3-3 (5-3 pens) Bayern Munich July 27 Soldier Field Chicago, IL 44,826
8 Seattle 3-0 West Ham July 5 Century Link Seattle, WA 38,585
9 Cincinnati 0-2 Crystal Palace July 16 Nippert Stadium Cincinnati, OH 35,061
10 Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan July 30 Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, CA 30,758
11 Roma 2-1 Liverpool August 1 Busch Stadium St. Louis, MO 28,573
12 Tigres 1-0 Pachuca July 9 StubHub Center Carson, CA 27,167
13 Chivas 2-0 Veracruz July 9 StubHub Center Carson, CA 27,167
14 PSG 4-0 Leicester July 30 StubHub Center Carson, CA 25,667
15 Arsenal 3-1 Chivas July 31 StubHub Center Carson, CA 24,168
16 PSG 3-1 Inter Milan July 24 Autzen Stadium Eugene, OR 24,147
17 Montreal 0-2 Roma August 3 Saputo Stadium Montreal, QC 20,801
18 NY Red Bulls 2-0 Club America July 6 Red Bull Arena Harrison, NJ 20,217
19 Minnesota United 2-4 Leon June 25 Target Field Minneapolis, MN 18,505
20 MLS All-Stars 1-2 Arsenal July 28 Avaya Stadium San Jose, CA 18,000
21 San Jose 2-1 Real Sociedad May 18 Avaya Stadium San Jose, CA 15,697
22 Vancouver 2-2 Crystal Palace July 19 BC Place Vancouver, BC 14,788
23 Real Salt Lake 1-2 Inter Milan July 19 Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, UT 14,266
24 Houston 3-3 (5-4 pens) Real Sociedad May 24 BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, TX 13,675
25 Philadelphia Union 0-0 Crystal Palace July 13 Talen Energy Stadium Chester, PA 12,881
26 Columbus Crew 1-0 Veracruz May 11 Mapfre Stadium Columbus, OH 10,799
27 Carolina Railhawks 2-2 West Ham July 12 Wake Med Soccer Park Cary, NC 10,125
28 Minnesota United 0-4 Bournemouth July 20 National Sports Center Blaine, MN 8,333
29 Richmond 2-0 Swansea July 16 City Stadium Richmond, VA 7,128
30 Oklahoma City Energy 0-1 Chivas June 28 Taft Stadium Oklahoma City, OK 6,687
31 Pachuca 1-1 Santos Laguna June 21 Children’s Mercy Park Kansas City, KS 6,512
32 Detroit City 3-3 FC United May 28 Keyworth Stadium Hamtramck, MI 6,245
33 Indy Eleven 1-0 Pachuca June 26 Carroll Soccer Stadium Indianapolis, IN 6,055
34 Tijuana 2-1 Santos Laguna June 24 Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, UT 6,006
35 Charlotte 0-4 Swansea July 13 Ramblewood Complex Charlotte, NC 4,116
36 Orlando 1-2 Stoke July 27 Titan Soccer Complex Melbourne, FL 3,742
37 Philadelphia Fury 1-1 Eibar May 22 Richard Wacker Stadium Glassboro, NJ Unavailable
38 New York Cosmos 4-4 (5-4 pens) Eibar May 25 Sam Boyd Stadium Whitney, NV Unavailable
39 Charleston 1-2 Rangers July 6 MUSC Health Stadium Charleston, SC Unavailable
40 Colorado Switchbacks 0-6 Mainz July 12 Switchback Stadium Colorado Springs, CO Unavailable

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Fabio August 4, 2016
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