After the conclusion of the 2019 MLS season, LA Galaxy has an average attendance of 23,205, Los Angeles Football Club has 22,251 while San Jose Earthquake has 18,781. These numbers mean California is the most soccer enthused state in the US as far as MLS attendance statistics are concerned.
Major League Soccer (MLS) is the main professional soccer league in North America, and has seen its popularity rise over the past few years.
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Gaining Ground: Major League Soccer Popularity in the U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) has come a long way over the past decade. While “football” continues to dominate as the most popular sport globally, soccer has been fighting an uphill battle to match the interest of American football in the U.S. However, a combination of factors has significantly helped boost the popularity of soccer in the U.S. Soccer participation rates are on the rise.
Another reason soccer struggles for popularity is there is already an overabundance of mainstream sports in the US. Not only do they have their own version of football which in reality is closer to rugby (NFL), they have basketball (NBA), ice hockey (NHL), baseball (MLB), even NASCAR pulls in huge crowds all over the southern states.
Increasing numbers of Americans, having played the game in their youth, are now avid spectators. The annual ESPN sports poll has shown soccer as the fourth most popular team sport in the United States every year since overtaking hockey in 2006; as of 2011, 8.2% of Americans rank soccer as their favorite sport (compared to 3.8% for hockey).
Soccer will become more popular in the United States ONLY when the rules are changed; e.g. make the goal HIGHER, change the clock (count DOWN, not count UP), allow substitutions/change lines while in-play (like ice hockey) and get more AMERICAN players, or at least those who can speak passable English.
The popularity of soccer—both in participation and interest—is increasing in the United States. There’s no doubting that.