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Record crowd watches Minnesota United fall to LA in TCF Bank Stadium finale

Loons move to Allianz Field in St. Paul next season

October 22, 2018 - 5:13 am

   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The largest crowd to watch a home team play a soccer match in Minnesota saw an era come to an end, while building excitement for the next chapter in the state's pro soccer heritage.

   Minnesota United fell to the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1, with an announced crowd of 52,242 at TCF Bank Stadium, the Loons' temporary home for two seasons.

   In the spring, the club begins play in Allianz Field, their 20,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium that's nearing completion in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood. 

   Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in his fifth straight game and added an assist to help the Galaxy (13-11-9) keep their playoff hopes alive.

   Angelo Rodriguez scored his fourth for the Loons (11-19-3).

   Minnesota United pushed all season for fans to buy up as many tickets as possible for the team's final game at the home of the University of Minnesota football team. 

   The mark for tickets sold surpassed the Loons' previous attendance high of 35,043 for their first-ever Major League Soccer home match.

   Unlike Sunday's sunshine and mild temperatures, that crowd in March of 2017 braved snow and cold to watch Minnesota United fall to fellow expansion club Atlanta 6-1.

   The old Minnesota Kicks once drew 49,572 to Metropolitan Stadium for a North American Soccer League match in 1976, with the Kicks beating San Jose 3-1.

   Records show the Minnesota Strikers, who played one season at the Metrodome after relocating from Fort Laudale, Fla., had a crowd of 52,621 for a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay in 1984.

   The all-time record attendance for a soccer match in Minnesota is 64,010 at US Bank Stadium for an international match between Chelsea and Milan in 2016, won by Chelsea 3-1.