Mexico's National Team usually gets a lot of attention when playing friendly matches in the United States, but their attendance numbers are something to consider when Miguel Herrera's team visits American soil.
During last year's international breaks, El Tri played eight friendly matches in the U.S., with an average attendance of 57, 250 fans per game. This stats reveal that even in a small stadium, El Tri finds a way to play in front of a sellout crowd. Mexico's NT played against South Korea, Nigeria, the USMNT, Ecuador, Bosnia and Portugal prior to the World Cup, and finished the year with two more outings against Chile and Bolivia. The game against the Bolivians was played at Dick's Sporting Goods park in Colorado, which has only 18,000 seats available.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa deflects a shot against Chile during last year's friendly match, played at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco.
If you compare them with other teams, the stats are even more surprising.For example, the United States National team only managed to rack an average of 32,500 fans whenever they played a friendly match in their country, with their biggest attendance numbers against Mexico. With 34 million Mexicans living in the United States, it's no secret why the team's execs prefer to schedule games in U.S. soil rather than travelling to Europe to face other opponents.
During this International Break, Miguel Herrera's crew will play against Ecuador at the Los Angeles Coliseum on March 28. Three days later, El Tri will face the Paraguayan National Team in Kansas City.