Yesterday’s match between European soccer power-houses Real Madrid and Manchester United took place at Michigan Stadium, also known as the ‘Big House,’ in front of 109k+ fans. Professional soccer is often seen as secondary to basketball, baseball, and football. But is last night’s record turn out proof that Americans love soccer as much as the rest of the world?
There are some signals that the world’s sport is slowly becoming America’s as well.
The USMNT’s support in the World Cup was unprecedented, even better than what we have seen in the past. According to ESPNFC, the soccer ratings during the World Cup surpassed the NBA Finals.
Granted, the World Cup is a once and every four years and the finals happen every year, but US soccer fans can still see this as an improvement.
The growth of Major League Soccer can also be seen as a signal of growing American appreciation for soccer. The growth in attendance over the years and the increase in expansion franchises prove that America’s sentiment towards ‘football’ is changing.
Of course, the attendance at this match may only prove that Americans choose to support the world’s best teams and took advantage of the opportunity to see them play. It’s not hard to jump on the bandwagon of clubs like Real Madrid and Man U, given that they are two of the most successful clubs in modern history.
They are also some of the most accessible European clubs on American television.
Do you think yesterdays match proves Americans have fallen in love with soccer? Or are we just seeing more bandwagon fans?