If there was any doubt that Orlando City is taking over as one of the top clubs in the U.S., this weekend’s home opener versus Real Salt Lake should have fixed that.
With more than 60,000 fans in attendance, Orlando City ranked as one of the best-attended soccer matches in the entire world this weekend. Let’s pause for a moment and soak that in.
Just 20 years ago when Major League Soccer first started, even the best games didn’t capture more than 30,000 fans. And some teams struggled to get 10,000 into their stadiums on game days.
Now, we have a few clubs competing with some of the English Premier League top dogs, and others on the rise. If that isn’t a testament to the rapid growth of U.S. soccer and its fan base, we don’t know what is.
Now, let’s see how we did with the rest of our week 1 attendance predictions: