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The highest attendances for soccer matches in the US in 2015

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In 2014, there were 35 games played in the US that were attended by at least 40,000 people – usually considered the cutoff for a standout soccer crowd. That’s an outstanding total, but in 2015 it was even great: 45 games had 40,000 or more people.

Unfortunately there was no single game that had over 100,000 people like 2014’s Real Madrid-Manchester United matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich. Here are the biggest soccer crowds of 2015:

10/10/15 – USA vs. Mexico – Rose Bowl – 93,723
7/22/15 – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Barcelona – Rose Bowl – 93,226
3/28/15 – Mexico vs. Ecuador – LA Coliseum – 88,409
9/8/15 – Mexico vs. Argentina – AT&T Stadium – 82,559
7/28/15 – Chelsea vs. Barcelona – FedEx Field – 78,914
7/19/15 – Mexico vs. Costa Rica – Met Life Stadium – 74,187*
7/19/15 – Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago – Met Life Stadium – 74,187*
7/22/15 – USA vs. Jamaica – Georgia Dome – 70,511*
7/22/15 – Mexico vs. Panama – Georgia Dome – 70,511*
7/1/15 – Mexico vs. Honduras – NRG Stadium – 70,128
7/26/15 – Mexico vs. Jamaica – Lincoln Financial Field – 68,930
7/25/15 – Manchester United vs. Barcelona – Levi’s Stadium – 68,416
4/15/15 – USA vs. Mexico – Alamodome – 64,369
8/30/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers – Century Link Field – 64,358
7/12/15 – Mexico vs. Guatemala – University of Phoenix Stadium – 62,910*
7/12/15 – Trinidad & Tobago vs. Cuba – University of Phoenix Stadium – 62,910*
3/8/15 – Orlando City vs. New York City – Citrus Bowl – 62,510
7/29/15 – Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Soldier Field – 61,351
7/25/15 – Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Bank of America Stadium – 61,224
10/5/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – Century Link Field – 56,097
7/15/15 – Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago – Bank of America Stadium – 55,823*
7/15/15 – Guatemala vs. Cuba – Bank of America Stadium – 55,823*
10/25/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake – Century Link Field – 55,435
7/10/15 – Mexico vs. Cuba – Soldier Field – 54,126*
7/10/15 – Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago – Soldier Field – 54,126*
3/28/15 – Argentina vs. El Salvador – FedEx Field – 53,968
6/27/15 – Mexico vs. Costa Rica – Citrus Bowl – 53,629
8/1/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Century Link Field – 53,125
5/27/15 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – Stanford Stadium – 50,422
6/28/15 – New York City vs. New York Red Bulls – Yankee Stadium – 48,047
3/31/15 – Argentina vs. Ecuador – Met Life Stadium – 48,000
7/17/15 – Manchester United vs. Cub America – Century Link Field – 46,857
7/10/15 – USA vs. Haiti – Gillette Stadium – 46,720*
7/10/15 – Honduras vs. Panama – Gillette Stadium – 46,720*
7/3/15 – USA vs. Guatemala – Nissan Stadium – 44,835
8/16/15 – USA WNT vs. Costa Rica WNT – Heinz Field – 44,028
3/15/15 – New York City vs. New England Revolution – Yankee Stadium – 43,507
11/13/15 – USA vs. St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Busch Stadium – 43,433
10/17/15 – Orlando City vs. New York City – Citrus Bowl – 43,179
10/14/15 – New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact – Gillette Stadium – 42,947
4/26/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers – Century Link Field – 41,451
6/13/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas – Century Link Field – 41,108
5/23/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City – Century Link Field – 40,653
8/16/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City – Century Link Field – 40,453
7/3/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. DC United – Century Link Field – 40,410
7/18/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids – Century Link Field – 40,403
5/31/15 – Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls – Century Link Field – 40,194
5/17/15 – Orlando City vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – 40,122

*denotes that games were part of a doubleheader

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. SilverRey

    December 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    This is why we need to break out of this 20k seat mold that Populous & HOK keep on using for MLS stadiums. MLS Cup in Columbus could have had many more than the 21,700 fans that showed up for that game (new stadium record).

    I understand the want/need to have a fully packed stadium to show well on tv, but we need to be able to have extra seats available beyond the average attendance to host big games. I would love to see the standard for MLS stadiums start w/30k.

    • Lawrence Dockery

      January 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Orlando City was originally going to have their new SSS seat around 19-20,000 but after the massive crowds they had this year plan on changing it from 19-20 up to somewhere around 28-29,000. Or at least that was the word on Twitter six or seven months ago.

  2. Blue Lou

    December 18, 2015 at 1:07 am

    The fact that 4 of the top 5 were totally meaningless games in a BAD sign…unless you see the role of the US in world soccer to be little more than a staging ground for friendlies. There are some here who apparently feel that way.

    I would personally throw out all MLS games from this list. There WERE some legitimately large crowds…but the league trumpeted so many blatantly dishonest attendance figures this year, there should be some repercussion.

    • Lawrence Dockery

      December 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

      The MLS teams that are the worst liars about their attendances are New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC. And none of them play in a stadium big enough to have a crowd of 40,000 or more. I would be wiling to bet that all of the MLS crowds on here are accurate.

      • Blue Lou

        December 19, 2015 at 1:15 am

        Great point…none of the serial attendance liars were on this list.

  3. PeterK

    December 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    wonder how many were women’s games

    • Lawrence Dockery

      December 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Only the one in Pittsburgh against Costa Rica. But the USWNT did have several games with 30,000 or so this year in St. Louis, Detroit, Birmingham, Orlando and New Orleans.

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