Galaxy-Barca draws largest crowd ever involving MLS team

by Paul Kennedy

There was no Lionel Messi and no Neymar for Barcelona, but that didn’t matter. The LA Galaxy-Barca match won by the Spanish champions, 2-1, drew 93,226 fans at the Rose Bowl for the largest crowd ever for a match featuring an MLS club. The crowd for the International Champions Cup match broke the record of 93,137 set by the Galaxy and Barcelona when they played at the Rose Bowl in 2009.

The top four crowds now all involve the Galaxy in friendly games against European teams at the Rose Bowl.

Top 25 U.S. Soccer Crowds (2015)
93,226 (1) LA Galaxy-Barcelona (ICC), Pasadena, Calif.
88,409 (2) Mexico-Ecuador (friendly), Los Angeles
74,187 (3) Mexico-Costa Rica (Gold Cup), East Rutherford, N.J.
70,128 (4) Mexico-Honduras (friendly), Houston
64,369 (5) USA-Mexico (friendly), San Antonio, Texas
62,910 (6) Mexico-Guatemala (Gold Cup), Glendale, Ariz.
62,510 (7) Orlando City-New York City (MLS)
55,823 (8) Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago (Gold Cup), Charlotte, N.C.
54,126 (9) Mexico-Cuba (Gold Cup), Chicago, Ill.
53,968 (10) Argentina-El Salvador (friendly), Landover, Md.
53,629 (11) Mexico-Costa Rica (friendly), Orlando, Fla.
50,422 (12) San Jose Earthquakes-LA Galaxy (MLS), Stanford, Calif.
48,047 (13) New York City-NY Red Bulls (MLS)
48,000 (14) Argentina-Ecuador (friendly), East Rutherford, N.J.
46,857 (15) Manchester United-Club America (ICC), Seattle, Wash.
46,720 (16) USA-Haiti (Gold Cup), Foxboro, Mass.
44,835 (17) USA-Guatemala (friendly), Nashville, Tenn.
43,507 (18) New York City-New England Revolution (MLS)
41,451 (19) Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers (MLS)
41,108 (20) Seattle Sounders-FC Dallas (MLS)
40,653 (21) Seattle Sounders-Sporting KC (MLS)
40,410 (22) Seattle Sounders-D.C. United (MLS)
40,403 (23) Seattle Sounders-Colorado Rapids (MLS)
40,194 (24) Seattle Sounders-NY Red Bulls (MLS)
40,122 (25) Orlando City-LA Galaxy

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