The US fans heavily invested in the US-Mexico rivalry may want to avert their eyes. Ironically, when it comes to soccer in the US, Mexico is America’s team. However, this isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. Mexican game attendance in the US has long dwarfed both the USMNT and USWNT. This past year was no different.
Here’s how attendance in Mexico breaks down for games in the US.
|April 27th||Friendly||Mexico vs Guatemala||Camping World stadium||37,311|
|the 28th of May||Friendly||Mexico vs Nigeria||AT&T stadium||56,872|
|June 2nd||Friendly||Mexico vs Uruguay||State Farm stadium||57,735|
|5 June||Friendly||Mexico vs Ecuador||Soldier field||61.104|
|August 31th||Friendly||Mexico vs Paraguay||Mercedes-Benz stadium||51,387|
|September 24||Friendly||Mexico vs Peru||Rose bowl||62,729|
|September 27||Friendly||Mexico vs Colombia||Levi’s Stadium||67.311|
Mexico turnout in the US up from 2021
In 2022, El Tri’s U.S. attendance totaled 394,449 people over seven games, averaging 56,350 fans per game. That’s a 28% jump from 2021 when they averaged 44,213 over 15 games. However, it is a slight decrease from the previous World Cup year. They averaged 59,678 fans per game over six games in the US in 2018, yielding a 6% drop in 2022
Much higher turnout than USMNT and USWNT
Given the huge numbers of people from Mexico living in the US, it’s no surprise that the Mexican national team draws a large crowd. But it’s somewhat surprising that those crowds continue to dwarf the US national team crowds, despite the time and resources put into the game here.
Mexico’s turnout in 2022 was a whopping 164% higher than the USMNT’s this year. And, even more shockingly, it was a whopping 277% higher than the best USWNT attendance since 2019.
However, this is not a new development. Here’s a look at the past 10 years of presence for each of the three teams:
So at the end of the day, Mexico is the dominant soccer power in the US and it’s unlikely to change anytime soon. The Gold Cup is this summer. This puts American games in half-full soccer-specific stadiums. Meanwhile, Mexico games take place in fully packed NFL stadiums.
The only thing that could perhaps change is that Mexico plays fewer friendlies to grab money in the US, which even Mexican goalkeeper Memo Ochoa spoke about after El Tri’s departure from the World Cup in Qatar.
The Mexicans currently have no officially scheduled games in the US for 2022 (the USMNT has two and the USWNT has three). But history has shown that they draw very well and they come back sooner rather than later.
PHOTO: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire
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