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Record US soccer crowd sees Man United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in friendly

Published on Aug 3, 2014 7:18 AM
Ashley Young (#18) of Manchester United celebrates his first half goal against Real Madrid with Michael Keane (#38), Wayne Rooney (#10) and Phil Jones (#4), left, during the Guinness International Champions Cup at Michigan Stadium. -- PHOTO: AFP

Reuters – The largest crowd to watch a soccer match in the United States – 109,318 – poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.

The appeal of two of the world’s most iconic sports teams attracted fans to the International Champions Cup match at the University of Michigan’s American football stadium in Ann Arbor.

The previous US record attendance for a soccer match was 101,799 at the 1984 Olympic final between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl in California.

The largest crowd ever to watch a soccer match was at the 1950 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro when 173,850 paying spectators came to the Maracana for the Brazil-Uruguay final clash, though unofficial estimates put the attendance as high as 210,000.

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