With 32 countries getting ready to kick off the World Cup on June 14 in Russia, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best Cities for Soccer Fans.
To find the best places for loving on the world’s favorite sport, WalletHub compared nearly 300 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across six divisions comprising 63 key metrics.
Data range from minimum season-ticket price for a game to stadium accessibility to number of championship wins.
- For MLS, Dallas FC’ performance level, 45.10 percent, is 1.5 times better than Minnesota United FC’s, 29.41 percent.
- For NWSL, Portland Thorns FC’s performance level, 49.44 percent, is 1.7 times better than the Houston Dash’s, 29.72 percent.
- For NASL, Miami FC’ performance level, 48.44 percent, is 1.9 times better than Jacksonville Armada FC’s, 25.56 percent.
- Orlando, Fla., has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an MLS game, $144, which is 3.9 times less expensive than in New York, the city with the highest at $562.
- Cary, N.C., has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an NWSL game, $119, which is 1.9 times less expensive than in Washington, the city with the highest at $230.
- Jacksonville, Fla. has the lowest minimum season-ticket price for an NASL game, $60, which is 3.3 times less expensive than in New York, the city with the highest at $200.
Top cities for soccer fans
1 Los Angeles, CA
2 Orlando, FL
3 Seattle, WA
4 Portland, OR
5 New York, NY
6 Salt Lake City, UT
7 Washington, DC
8 Kansas City, MO
9 Atlanta, GA
10 Chicago, IL
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