5 Major League Soccer Teams That Outdraw Baseball
2. Los Angeles Galaxy
Entered MLS: 1996
Average 2013 attendance: 21,948
Baseball teams it outdraws: Miami Marlins (17,168), Tampa Bay Rays (17,718), Houston Astros (18,271), Cleveland Indians (18,995), Seattle Mariners (21,537), Kansas City Royals (21,908)
This is the closest thing the MLS has to the New York Yankees. David Beckham played here, Landon Donovan plays here, Robbie Keane plays here and legendary U.S. coach Bruce Arena is still guiding the whole works.
The result? Four MLS Cup titles and one of only two U.S. wins in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. That's how you have to compete in a town where the Dodgers pull in an MLB-leading 43,576 fans a game and the Angels draw another 37,000 more for each contest.It has a great rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes, it gets a Yankees-style reception wherever it goes (lots of attendance and hate) and it's become the de facto ambassador for the MLS. For a league built more on regional pride and development than on its early fading-superstar model, the Galaxy are a throwback that's still pushing the league ahead.
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