Where to see the biggest names in soccer for a great price

The 2014 World Cup exposed the casual American soccer fan to some incredible play on the pitch, as well as the magic from the game’s best players.  Fans saw Lionel Messi lead his Argentinian club to the final, watched as Cristiano Ronaldo labored through a leg injury while still delivering breathtaking passes, and saw the German machine led be Miroslav Klose ultimately take home the trophy.  Fans were also captivated by a spirited American squad led by Captain Clint Dempsey.

The U.S. won a hotly contested opener against Ghana, scoring in the 86th minute to get a crucial three points.  They then drew against Portugal, giving up a goal in the last seconds that unfortunately smeared what many thought was the greatest game ever played in U.S. soccer history.  The Americans fought the Germans in their final group match, ultimately losing 1-0, but advancing to the knockout stages.  In the round of 16, the Americans ran in to a very tough Belgium team that would eventually pull away with a 2-0 lead in extra time.  Substitute Julian Green scored in the final few minutes, but it was too little too late for the American squad as they fell 2-1.

With the Americans putting on a great showing, and the World Cup undoubtedly increasing interest in soccer here in the States, fans have been turning out in droves to see both international and domestic teams play.  A little over a week ago, over 100,000 fans showed up at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan to see Manchester United face Real Madrid, setting an attendance record with 109,318 setting foot in the stadium.


Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders (Photo: AP)

For fans to catch the soccer fever, now is certainly a great time to see some type flight soccer here in the U.S. Clint Dempsey leads his Seattle Sounders MLS squad as they try to reach the MLS Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.  Several high profile games remain on the schedule, including an October 25th date with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Sounders tickets have an average ticket price of $88 for that game with a get-in of $27. If you catch the Sounders this year, you may also be able to watch young sensation Deandre Yedlin.  Though rumors have circulated that Yedlin will be in Tottenham very soon, he may suit up next Wednesday when the Sounders host the San Jose Earthquakes. Tickets for that game start at $24 with an average ticket price of $61.

And there’s several other MLS games outside of the Sounders that have high demand.  Sporting KC tickets for their matchup against Toronto this Saturday has tickets available for $61 with an average ticket price of $82. Another game with considerably high demand is the matchup between two Canadian clubs – Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.  The October 18th game has an average ticket price of $81 with a get-in price of $24.

Though the MLS sports some interesting games as their regular season winds down, they are nowhere near as expensive as the two exhibitions that Brazil will be playing here in the States on September 5th and September 9th.  The first match is an exhibition against Colombia with tickets beginning at $66 and an average ticket price of $177.  Their September 9th matchup vs. Ecuador is a little cheaper currently with tickets available for as low as $29 and an average ticket price of $126.




Brian Stacey is a longtime tennis fan, often tweeting his thoughts over at @Roddickulous. He still believes that Andy Roddick will win a Wimbledon title and has eternal optimism about US Men's tennis.