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Top 30 most-attended friendlies in USA during 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.

1101,254Liverpool 4-1 Manchester UnitedMichigan StadiumICC
272,731MLS All-Stars 1-1 JuventusMercedes-Benz StadiumFriendly
371,597Real Madrid 3-1 JuventusFedEx FieldICC
466,805Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 BarcelonaRose BowlICC
564,141Manchester United 2-1 Real MadridHard Rock StadiumICC
655,447Borussia Dortmund 3-1 LiverpoolBank of America StadiumICC
754,726AS Roma 4-2 BarcelonaAT&T StadiumICC
852,635Liverpool 2-1 Manchester CityMetLife StadiumICC
951,528Real Madrid 2-1 AS RomaMetLife StadiumICC
1051,391AC Milan 1-0 BarcelonaLevi’s StadiumICC
1137,766Manchester United 1-1 Club AmericaUniversity of Phoenix StadiumFriendly
1234,629Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Manchester CitySolider FieldICC
1332,549San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Manchester UnitedLevi’s StadiumFriendly
1432,105Juventus 2-0 Bayern MunichLincoln Financial FieldICC
1531,264Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 AC MilanUS Bank StadiumICC
1629,195Manchester City 3-2 Bayern MunichHard Rock StadiumICC
1724,194Juventus 1-1 BenficaRed Bull ArenaICC
1821,747Manchester United 1-1 AC MilanStubHub CenterICC
1918,861Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 AS RomaSDCCU StadiumICC
2018,321Pachuca 3-1 Club LeonMiller ParkFriendly
2116,171Borussia Dortmund 2-2 BenficaHeinz FieldICC
2216,135FC Cincinnati 2-3 EspanyolNippert StadiumFriendly
2313,954Philadelphia Union 1-0 Eintracht FrankfurtTalen Energy StadiumFriendly
247,877Detroit City 0-10 FrosinoneKeyworth StadiumFriendly
257,449Detroit City 1-2 NexacaKeyworth StadiumFriendly
267,356Richmond Kickers 2-4 EspanyolCity StadiumFriendly
277,023Columbus Crew 2-0 SaprissaMapfre StadiumFriendly
285,417Real Salt Lake 1-1 Eintracht FrankfurtRio Tinto StadiumFriendly
29Not disclosedColorado Rapids 2-2 Boca JuniorsDick’s Sporting Goods ParkFriendly
30Not disclosedMinnesota United 1-2 SaprissaTCF Bank StadiumFriendly
31Not disclosedChivas Guadalajara 0-0 Club LeonToyota ParkFriendly
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  1. Tim

    August 10, 2018 at 11:45 am

    You’re missing Detroit City FC versus St. Pauli, which drew over 7,000 at Keyworth

    • Lawrence Dockery

      August 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      That one must have slipped through the cracks on me. My apologies.

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