Author: Lawrence Dockery

I became a fan of soccer while watching the USA's run to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and I've been a fan ever since. Originally born in Las Vegas, I now live in the Memphis area. I became a referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. During my senior year of high school, I commentated all of the soccer team's home games and playoff games for the school sports network. Find me on Twitter @ldock93.

USMNT should choose from these 19 overlooked US cities for home games

While attendances for home US Men’s National Team (USMNT) games have been on the decline for several years due to exorbitant ticket prices and a lack of belief in the national team, there may be one factor that the US Soccer Federation is overlooking that could give the men’s team a boost — the home stadiums that they’re selecting. Since October 2014 when the USMNT played its first home game following the World Cup in Brazil, the team has played 68 games on home soil. During that time, 75% of those matches (51 to be exact) have been played in the ... Read more

USA vs. Costa Rica preview: New faces and a glimmer of hope for the future

Despite what Gregg Berhalter, Earnie Stewart, and Carlos Cordeiro have tried to tell US fans, 2019 was a resounding disappointment for the USMNT.   A trio of ugly friendly losses to Jamaica, Venezuela, and Mexico, failing to win the Gold Cup, and then losing to Canada for the first time since Ronald Reagan was president do not constitute a successful calendar year.  Nor were any of the wins anything to write home about: a Guyana team ranked 177th in the world, a typical rock fight 1-0 result against Panama, a 1-0 win over Curacao (in which the US was outplayed, out-hustled, outshot, and ... Read more

Ranking the most-watched USWNT games on TV during 2019

Understandably, the attendance numbers for the USWNT received a substantial boost because it was a Women’s World Cup year. So it would follow that the TV viewing numbers would also receive a substantial boost because of the global tournament. TV viewing numbers were up compared to 2018, 2017 and 2016. However they were down slightly from the last Women’s World Cup year in 2015 due to a more favorable timezone for viewers in the United States (the 2015 Women’s World Cup was held in Canada). All in all, ratings for the USWNT in 2019 were outstanding. They drew an average ... Read more

Mexico’s attendances 147% greater in US than US Men’s National Team

At various times over the years, many articles have been written about how Mexico is the most popular and best supported national team among soccer fans in the United States. From The Guardian and The Washington Post writing pieces about it during the Copa America Centenario in 2016, to The Washington Post writing about it again during the 2018 World Cup. The reason for that comes down to a very simple fact: Mexico draws substantially better than the USMNT within the US. There’s a reason that the US plays most if it’s games in smaller MLS venues while El Tri ... Read more

Ranking the most-watched USMNT games on TV during 2019

Attendance for the USMNT is down for the fourth straight year. But on the bright side, viewing numbers are up for one important metric: English-language TV ratings. The numbers did increase for three major reasons. One was the fact that the US went to the Gold Cup Final (but still lost to Mexico). Second, the US played Mexico twice in the same year. And third, it was the first time the US Men’s National Team had played actual competitive games that mattered in 18 months. Ratings were up for the US in 2019 over 2018. While the ratings were up ... Read more

USWNT average attendance 8% greater than US men’s soccer team in 2019

In 2019, the US Women’s National Team had an average attendance 8% greater than the US Men’s National Team. During 2019, the women’s team averaged 25,122, while the men’s team averaged 23,306. Overall, 2019 couldn’t have been better for the US Women’s National Team. Most importantly, they won their second straight Women’s World Cup title (and fourth overall). TV ratings for the tournament for very good. And their attendance back home was nearly the best it has ever been. The trick now is to try to sustain it. With the Olympics coming up in Tokyo next summer, the opportunity for ... Read more

Ranking 2019’s most attended soccer games in the U.S.

Attendance for the USMNT may be down for the fourth consecutive year but that certainly doesn’t mean that nobody in the US attended soccer games in large numbers. In 2019, a total of 48 games drew a crowd of 40,000 people or more. That’s up from 45 such games in 2018, but is down from 55 such games in 2017. Here’s the full list of 2019’s most attended soccer games in the U.S.: 1. MLS – Atlanta United vs. LA Galaxy – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – 72,548 – 8/3/19 2. Gold Cup – Mexico vs. Costa Rica – NRG Stadium – ... Read more

USMNT attendances decline for fourth year in a row; Worst since 2006

One of the biggest reasons why it was so important for US Soccer to make the correct coaching decision back in 2018 was because the morale among the USMNT fan base was so low. They needed something to look forward to and a reason to return to games. But with the hire of Gregg Berhalter, US fans got neither of those things. At best, the US Men’s National Team performance on the field in 2019 was mediocre against teams that weren’t ranked in the bottom half in the world. And against Mexico in September 2019, it was downright ugly when ... Read more