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Recapping results and attendances from the U.S summer friendlies

victor mosescto

Another round of summer friendlies in the US and Canada has come and gone.  And they have once again been a smashing success.  Crowds have been good as have the all-important TV ratings.  There were teams from MLS, USL, NASL, Premier League, Liga MX, Ligue 1, Serie A, Primeira Liga and La Liga.  Here’s a recap of how they all played out. 


Manchester City 1

Toronto FC 0

BMO Field – Toronto, ON

Attendance: 23,169

Valencia 1

Columbus Crew 0

Mapfre Stadium – Columbus, OH

Attendance: 10,519


Boca Juniors 3

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0

Lockhart Stadium – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Attendance: 6,827


Club Atlas 4

Sacramento Republic 1

Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA

Attendance: 10,419


Los Angeles Galaxy 2

Club America 1

Stub Hub Center – Carson, CA

Attendance: 27,934 (sellout)


Bournemouth 4

Philadelphia Union 1

PPL Park – Chester, PA

Attendance: N/A

Club Atlas 2

Newcastle United 1

Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI

Attendance: 21,256

Club America 2

San Jose Earthquakes 1

Avaya Stadium – San Jose, CA

Attendance: 18,000 (sellout)

Sacramento Republic 1

Sunderland 0

Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA

Attendance: N/A


Orlando City 3

West Bromwich Albion 1

Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL

Attendance: 15,172


West Bromwich Albion 2

Charleston Battery 1

Blackbaud Stadium – Charleston, SC

Attendance: 5,020

Pachuca 3

Sunderland 1

Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA

Attendance: N/A

Manchester United 1

Club America 0

Century Link Field – Seattle, WA

Attendance: 46,857


Minnesota United 1

Club Leon

National Sports Center – Blaine, MN

Attendance: 9,388 (sellout)

Paris Saint-Germain 3

Benfica 2

BMO Field – Toronto, ON 

Attendance: 17,843

Newcastle United 1

Sacramento Republic 0

Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA

Attendance: N/A

Athletic Bilbao 2

Club Tijuana 0

Albertson’s Stadium – Boise, ID

Attendance: 21,948


West Bromwich Albion 2

Richmond Kickers 1

City Stadium – Richmond, VA

Attendance: 6,832


Paris Saint-Germain 4

Fiorentina 2

Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ

Attendance: 16,104

Portland Timbers 4

Newcastle United 3

Providence Park – Portland, OR

Attendance: 15,069

Barcelona 2

Los Angeles Galaxy 1

Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA

Attendance: 93,226 (sellout)

Manchester United 3

San Jose Earthquakes 1

Avaya Stadium – San Jose, CA

Attendance: 18,000 (sellout)


Sunderland 2

Toronto FC 1

BMO Field – Toronto, ON

Attendance: 14,025

New York Red Bulls 4

Chelsea 2

Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ

Attendance: 24,076


Fiorentina 0 (5 pen)

Benfica 0 (4 pen)

Rentschler Field – East Hartford, CT

Attendance: 15,791


Manchester United 3

Barcelona 1

Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA

Attendance: 68,416

Chelsea 1 (6 pen)

Paris Saint-Germain 1 (5 pen)

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC

Attendance: 61,224


New York Red Bulls 2

Benfica 1

Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ

Attendance: 18,096


Chelsea 2 (4 pen)

Barcelona 2 (2 pen)

FedEx Field – Landover, MD

Attendance: 78,914 (sellout)


Paris Saint-Germain 2

Manchester United 0

Soldier Field – Chicago, IL

Attendance: 61,351

MLS All-Stars 2

Tottenham Hotspur 1

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO

Attendance: 18,671 (sellout) 

Paris Saint-Germain 2

Olympique Lyon 0

Saptuo Stadium – Montreal, QC

Attendance: 20,057

Seven games were sellouts, another six were right on the brink of being sold out and six games drew at least 40,000 people.  A lot of people don’t particularly care for these friendlies, but as long as there is a market for them and as long as clubs can keep making money, they’ll keep playing here which is just fine.   

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  1. jorge nak

    August 7, 2015 at 6:09 am

    the friendlies are 50/50, but as stated they are money makers for all the clubs involved, including in the US. They also hope to capture a fan or 2 of the euro clubs for the MLS outfit, which I have known to happen here and there. It raises MLS profile here and abroad with these fans who don’t normally follow as closely.

  2. CTBlues

    August 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    FYI for the attendance for the Benfica vs Fiorentia at the Rent they only opened up the lower bowl of the stadium for ticket sales so I think it was technically a sellout since the stadium holds 30k.

    • Lawrence Dockery

      August 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I only count games as sellouts if the capacity of the stadium is met or surpassed. Also, I made a mistake. The Sacramento Republic game against Newcastle was a sellout of 11,442.

  3. toryblue

    August 6, 2015 at 6:15 am

    playing glorified preseason games is pretty meaningless and an insult to American fans. and it’s certainly not the kind of thing that brings in new fans. maybe the overseas clubs that came to the U.S. got some money from attendance at the gate, but it does no service to the cause of soccer in this country to promote games that don’t mean a thing.

    • Firas Shadad

      August 6, 2015 at 7:48 am

      As long as they are filling stadia with 60K fans for these dreadful matches, they will continue to happen. Not to mention the merchandise sale that happen as well during these games.
      Till the American fans stop attending preseason games, you will not get regular season ones.

      • toryblue

        August 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

        then American fans need to quit whining about it, plain and simple. if they’re comfortable with watching meaningless soccer, then they need to outright state that and quit begging for regular season games.

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