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Top attendances for 2016 soccer friendlies played in North America


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:

1Real Madrid 3-2 ChelseaJuly 30Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI105,826
2PSG 3-1 Real MadridJuly 27Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH86,641
3Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern MunichAugust 3MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ82,012
4Chelsea 3-1 AC MilanAugust 3US Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN64,101
5Bayern Munich 4-1 Inter MilanJuly 30Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC53,629
6Chelsea 1-0 LiverpoolJuly 27Rose BowlPasadena, CA53,117
7AC Milan 3-3 (5-3 pens) Bayern MunichJuly 27Soldier FieldChicago, IL44,826
8Seattle 3-0 West HamJuly 5Century LinkSeattle, WA38,585
9Cincinnati 0-2 Crystal PalaceJuly 16Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH35,061
10Liverpool 2-0 AC MilanJuly 30Levi’s StadiumSanta Clara, CA30,758
11Roma 2-1 LiverpoolAugust 1Busch StadiumSt. Louis, MO28,573
12Tigres 1-0 PachucaJuly 9StubHub CenterCarson, CA27,167
13Chivas 2-0 VeracruzJuly 9StubHub CenterCarson, CA27,167
14PSG 4-0 LeicesterJuly 30StubHub CenterCarson, CA25,667
15Arsenal 3-1 ChivasJuly 31StubHub CenterCarson, CA24,168
16PSG 3-1 Inter MilanJuly 24Autzen StadiumEugene, OR24,147
17Montreal 0-2 RomaAugust 3Saputo StadiumMontreal, QC20,801
18NY Red Bulls 2-0 Club AmericaJuly 6Red Bull ArenaHarrison, NJ20,217
19Minnesota United 2-4 LeonJune 25Target FieldMinneapolis, MN18,505
20MLS All-Stars 1-2 ArsenalJuly 28Avaya StadiumSan Jose, CA18,000
21San Jose 2-1 Real SociedadMay 18Avaya StadiumSan Jose, CA15,697
22Vancouver 2-2 Crystal PalaceJuly 19BC PlaceVancouver, BC14,788
23Real Salt Lake 1-2 Inter MilanJuly 19Rio Tinto StadiumSandy, UT14,266
24Houston 3-3 (5-4 pens) Real SociedadMay 24BBVA Compass StadiumHouston, TX13,675
25Philadelphia Union 0-0 Crystal PalaceJuly 13Talen Energy StadiumChester, PA12,881
26Columbus Crew 1-0 VeracruzMay 11Mapfre StadiumColumbus, OH10,799
27Carolina Railhawks 2-2 West HamJuly 12Wake Med Soccer ParkCary, NC10,125
28Minnesota United 0-4 BournemouthJuly 20National Sports CenterBlaine, MN8,333
29Richmond 2-0 SwanseaJuly 16City StadiumRichmond, VA7,128
30Oklahoma City Energy 0-1 ChivasJune 28Taft StadiumOklahoma City, OK6,687
31Pachuca 1-1 Santos LagunaJune 21Children’s Mercy ParkKansas City, KS6,512
32Detroit City 3-3 FC UnitedMay 28Keyworth StadiumHamtramck, MI6,245
33Indy Eleven 1-0 PachucaJune 26Carroll Soccer StadiumIndianapolis, IN6,055
34Tijuana 2-1 Santos LagunaJune 24Rio Tinto StadiumSandy, UT6,006
35Charlotte 0-4 SwanseaJuly 13Ramblewood ComplexCharlotte, NC4,116
36Orlando 1-2 StokeJuly 27Titan Soccer ComplexMelbourne, FL3,742
37Philadelphia Fury 1-1 EibarMay 22Richard Wacker StadiumGlassboro, NJUnavailable
38New York Cosmos 4-4 (5-4 pens) EibarMay 25Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NVUnavailable
39Charleston 1-2 RangersJuly 6MUSC Health StadiumCharleston, SCUnavailable
40Colorado Switchbacks 0-6 MainzJuly 12Switchback StadiumColorado Springs, COUnavailable

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

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  1. Andy

    August 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Purely from games I attended.
    New York Cosmos v SD Eibar was 2-2, not 4-4.

    Missing from your list…
    Club America 1 Santos Laguna 1 attendance ? (Would appreciate it if any one knows this?)
    @The Alamodome, San Antonio TX
    Saturday July 9th 3pm

    Club Leon 1 Monarcas Morelia 2 attendance 6,062
    @Dell Diamond, Round Rock, TX
    Saturday July 9th 7pm

  2. woby

    August 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Chelsea – Liverpool less than expected.

  3. Fabio

    August 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Error : Real Madrid – Bayern attendance has been 82,012 and not 80,012 !!!

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