Top 30 most-attended soccer friendlies in USA during summer 2018

Another round of the annual summer friendlies has come and gone. These are usually a smashing success, both in terms of attendance at the games and the TV viewing audience. However, 2018 was down slightly for these types of friendlies (International Champions Cup attendances were down approximately 10%) while TV ratings dipped somewhat too.

There are several possible explanations why this happened. First, it’s possible that there is something of a soccer burnout at the moment with the World Cup just finishing. Second, a number of clubs were stateside without their biggest stars who are on a much needed vacation after participating in the World Cup.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. There have still been plenty of great crowds and relatively entertaining soccer being played. Plenty of big name clubs were over here this year as well: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, AS Roma, and Benfica. A number of Liga MX teams also played friendlies in the US. Some of these teams played games against MLS teams, but the vast majority of the games were part of the International Champions Cup.

Here is a brief summary of all of the friendlies played in the US in the summer of 2018, ranked from most attended to least attended, and also includes the result of each game as well as the venue.

ATTENDANCE MATCH STADIUM COMPETITION
1 101,254 Liverpool 4-1 Manchester United Michigan Stadium ICC
2 72,731 MLS All-Stars 1-1 Juventus Mercedes-Benz Stadium Friendly
3 71,597 Real Madrid 3-1 Juventus FedEx Field ICC
4 66,805 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Barcelona Rose Bowl ICC
5 64,141 Manchester United 2-1 Real Madrid Hard Rock Stadium ICC
6 55,447 Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Liverpool Bank of America Stadium ICC
7 54,726 AS Roma 4-2 Barcelona AT&T Stadium ICC
8 52,635 Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City MetLife Stadium ICC
9 51,528 Real Madrid 2-1 AS Roma MetLife Stadium ICC
10 51,391 AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona Levi’s Stadium ICC
11 37,766 Manchester United 1-1 Club America University of Phoenix Stadium Friendly
12 34,629 Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Manchester City Solider Field ICC
13 32,549 San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Manchester United Levi’s Stadium Friendly
14 32,105 Juventus 2-0 Bayern Munich Lincoln Financial Field ICC
15 31,264 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 AC Milan US Bank Stadium ICC
16 29,195 Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich Hard Rock Stadium ICC
17 24,194 Juventus 1-1 Benfica Red Bull Arena ICC
18 21,747 Manchester United 1-1 AC Milan StubHub Center ICC
19 18,861 Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 AS Roma SDCCU Stadium ICC
20 18,321 Pachuca 3-1 Club Leon Miller Park Friendly
21 16,171 Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Benfica Heinz Field ICC
22 16,135 FC Cincinnati 2-3 Espanyol Nippert Stadium Friendly
23 13,954 Philadelphia Union 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt Talen Energy Stadium Friendly
24 7,877 Detroit City 0-10 Frosinone Keyworth Stadium Friendly
25 7,449 Detroit City 1-2 Nexaca Keyworth Stadium Friendly
26 7,356 Richmond Kickers 2-4 Espanyol City Stadium Friendly
27 7,023 Columbus Crew 2-0 Saprissa Mapfre Stadium Friendly
28 5,417 Real Salt Lake 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt Rio Tinto Stadium Friendly
29 Not disclosed Colorado Rapids 2-2 Boca Juniors Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Friendly
30 Not disclosed Minnesota United 1-2 Saprissa TCF Bank Stadium Friendly
31 Not disclosed Chivas Guadalajara 0-0 Club Leon Toyota Park Friendly

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  1. Tim August 10, 2018
    • Lawrence Dockery August 10, 2018

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