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European soccer clubs look to expand American fan base
European soccer clubs look to expand American fan base

The U.S. is a long way from being a soccer nation, but it's already a soccer destination. In July, at least seven major European clubs will visit the U.S. to sell jerseys, entice sponsors and pick up a few million dollars in guaranteed money to play meaningless games in sold-out football stadiums. Last year, 11 international soccer exhibitions in the U.S. drew crowds of more than 60,000, and the average attendance of the top 16 games nearly matched that of the NFL. Manchester United pulled in a U.S.-record crowd of 109,318 for a game with Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium, and 86,432 showed up for a midweek Rose Bowl friendly with the Galaxy. UCLA's football team hasn't...

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