While large crowds for World Cup matches in Kansas City signaled an increased interest in soccer across the United States and in Kansas City, the upcoming Wizards vs. Manchester United game may be a sign that interest in the world’s most popular sport is more than a passing fad.
The Wizards’ organization is reporting that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for the July 25th friendly between Kansas City’s MLS team and one of the most popular and successful teams from the English Premiership. Despite drawing Manchester United, 40,000 tickets is an extremely high number of tickets sold for a friendly game not involving the US National Team.
The previous attendance record is 37,319, which occurred in 2001 when the National team played a World Cup qualifying match against fellow CONCAF team Costa Rica. After Kansas City’s Power and Light District announced crowds of over 10,000 to watch the US vs. Ghana Round of 16 game in the World Cup, it appears that soccer has caught significant momentum, at least in the Kansas City area.
Tickets for the game are still available through Ticketmaster and the Kansas City Wizards’ Ticket Office.