On Wednesday, a league record crowd of 21,144 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., watched their hometown Thorns lose to rival Seattle Reign 1-0. Kim Little put the visitors ahead with a goal at the 57th minute.
Portland has long been a soccer hotspot, and this season the Thorns are averaging nearly 14,000 fans per game. The team has exceeded the 16,000 mark four times this season and previously held the league’s attendance of 19,123 set on August 3 of last year.
The U.S. record for a professional women’s soccer match was set 14 years ago when 34,148 fans turned out to watch Mia Hamm’s Washington Freedom beat Brandi Chastain and the Bay Area CyberRays 1-0 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.