Futbol (Soccer to most Americans) may be the world’s most popular sport and a secondary, or even tertiary sport in the United States, but Seattle defies that way of thinking. The Seattle Sounders FC regularly outdraws the Seattle Mariners baseball team even though baseball is supposed to be America’s pastime. ( Sounders 2014 average attendance: 43,734; Seattle Mariners average attendance: 25, 485).
In contrast, James and I attended a futbol game in Shanghai, this summer, and the attendance at the Shanghai Dongya F.C. match couldn’t have been more than 3,000 fans.