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Despite only being a preseason friendly, Manchester United's match against Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium drew a sell-out crowd of 109,318 — a new record for a soccer match in the United States. The previous record of 101,799 was set by the 1984 Olympic gold-medal match between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The massive crowd at Michigan Stadium gave the match between two of the world's biggest clubs a much more lively atmosphere than these teams usually find on their preseason tours. And with tickets ranging from $45 to $189, fans paid a hefty price for the privilege to make history and watch the likes of Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale ease their way into the new season.
The previous record for a club match in the U.S. was set by a 2009 friendly between Barcelona and the L.A. Galaxy at the Rose Bowl, which drew 93,137 to edge out a 2006 MLS match between Chivas USA and the New England Revolution attended by 92,516 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Man United's Ashley Young opened the scoring in the 21st minute, but Gareth Bale equalized from the penalty spot just six minutes later. Young then put Man United up 2-1 in the 37th minute and Chicharito made it 3-1 in the 80th minute, which ended up being the final score. But, again, this was only a friendly.