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U.S. vs. Brazil friendly at FedEx Field ranks third in attendance in Washington area, first for a national team match

The top 10 soccer crowds in Washington history.....

81,807: Barcelona vs. Manchester United, July 30, 2011 at FedEx Field

72,368: D.C. United vs. Real Madrid, Aug. 9, 2009 at FedEx

67,619: USA men vs. Brazil, May 30, 2012 at FedEx

58,012: USA under-23 men vs. Portugal, July 24, 1996 at RFK Stadium (Olympics)

57,431: D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids, Oct. 26, 1997 at RFK (MLS Cup)

54,642: USA women vs. Germany, July 1, 1999 at FedEx (World Cup)

54,282: USA men vs. Honduras, Sept. 1, 2001 at RFK (WC qualifier)

54,118: England vs. Brazil, June 13, 1993 at RFK (U.S. Cup)

53,351: Washington Diplomats vs. Cosmos, June 1, 1980 at RFK (NASL)

53,186: Italy vs. Mexico, June 28, 1994 at RFK (World Cup)

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RFK Stadium’s capacity was around 57,000 until downsizing in recent years lowered the count to about 46,000. The 1994 World Cup matches recorded smaller numbers because of seat reduction required for security, media and other logistical issues. FedEx Field’s capacity peaked at 93,000, but with the reduction of seating areas the past two years, fell to 79,000 for Washington Redskins games.

Where does Wednesday’s turnout sit in the all-time series between the United States and Brazil? Of the 10 matches on U.S. soil, this was No. 3 behind the 1994 World Cup round-of-16 game at Stanford (84,177) and the 2010 friendly at the Meadowlands (77,223).

The USA Women’s World Cup semifinal against Brazil in 1999 at Stanford drew 73,123.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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