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Manchester City V Liverpool Pre-Season Match Suggests Soccer Is More Popular Than Baseball In USA

More people attended the all Premier League clash than any Yankees game.

It was an all Premier League affair in the Yankee Stadium on Wednesday as champions Manchester City took on Liverpool during their pre-season tour of the USA.

Yet the important statistic for proof of the passion for soccer in the country was not the scoreline, but the huge attendance that flocked to see the English teams in action.

More people turned up to watch the non-competitive affair than had for any of the New York Yankees’ league games in the MLB so far in 2014, reports the Telegraph.

This isn’t just a one-off however, as viewing figures from Fox Sports and ESPN shows, with top-class baseball matches on the former being outdone by the latter’s broadcast of Tottenham Hotspur v Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Of course as with anything this doesn’t tell the whole story, as the games covered by Fox Sports during the same time as the Spurs game were hardly blockbusters – but the trend for soccer is certainly growing in North America.

With high profile stars such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry and more recently David Villa and Frank Lampard joining MLS in recent years, this popularity only looks set to increase.

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