During the World Cup, it often felt like the U.S. women were playing home games, as American fans headed north in droves to take in games.
For the team’s seven games, U.S. Soccer reports, the average attendance was 37,732 — with many of those in the stands sporting red, white, and blue.
The buzz has carried over.
On Sunday (Aug. 16), Team USA will play Costa Rica in front of more than 40,000 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
That’s a record for a soccer match of any kind in Pittsburgh, and the largest crowd ever for a stand-alone U.S. women’s domestic friendly.
And the previous record of 35,817 was set in April of this year, when Team USA beat New Zealand 4-0 at Busch Stadium in St, Louis.
The reason for that ‘stand-alone’ qualifier: The all-time record for a women’s friendly was the crowd of 46,037 for a double-header — with the U.S. men’s team playing the other game — on May 30, 1998, in Washington, D.C.
Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh kicks off a 10-game Victory Tour for the world champs. The second game of the tour sold out in minutes, with 20,000 tickets snapped up for a rematch against Costa Rica on Wednesday (Aug. 19) at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.
In September, the tour continues with matches against Australia in Detroit and Birmingham, Ala.
More than 21,000 tickets have been sold for each of those games. So far.