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Orlando among best cities in nation for soccer fans, study says

EXPLAINS WHY THE MATCH IS A VICTORY FOR SOUTHERN FLORIDA. MICHELLE: IN JUST A MATTER O HOURS, THE NATURAL RHYTHM OF THE WORKDAY IN DOWNTOWN, ORLANDO -- IN DOWNTOWN ORLANDO WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE ROCK A WORLD OF MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER. THIS IS NOT JUST ANY SOCCER GAME. TONIGHT, THE CITY BEAUTIFUL IS HOSTING…
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EXPLAINS WHY THE MATCH IS A VICTORY FOR SOUTHERN FLORIDA. MICHELLE: IN JUST A MATTER O HOURS, THE NATURAL RHYTHM OF THE WORKDAY IN DOWNTOWN, ORLANDO — IN DOWNTOWN ORLANDO WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE ROCK A WORLD OF MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER. THIS IS NOT JUST ANY SOCCER GAME. TONIGHT, THE CITY BEAUTIFUL IS HOSTING THE ALL-STAR GAME, WHERE THE BEST SOCCER PLAYERS IN THE IN THE LESS SQUARE OFF AGAINST ONE OF THE BEST INTERNATIONAL TEAMS, THIS YEAR A TEAM OUT OF SPAIN. IT IS A NIGHT THE FOLKS AT THE LIONS PRIDE CLUB AND GRILL HAS BEEN GEARING UP FOR. THE SPORTS BAR CHEERS FOR ALL THINGS ORLANDO CITY SOCCER. >> IS GOING TO BE CRAZY TONIGHT. IT’S GOING TO BE RIDICULOUS. IF YOU ARE GOING TO COME, COME EARLY. MICHELLE: T GAME IS EXPECTED TO PUMP MORE THAN $6.8 MILLION INTO ORLANDO’S ECONOMY. COCA-COLA IS A SPONSOR FOR MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER. THE EVENT IS SUCH A BIG DEAL THE ATLANTA AND FLORIDA TEAMS MET TO CELEBRATE. >> IF YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION PEOPLE WHO COME HERE AND STAY IN THE RESTAURANTS, THOSE WHO STAY IN THE HOTELS, THOSE WHO DO TAILGATING AND GO TO THE MAJOR GROCERY STORES, ALL THAT ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IS OFTENTIME AROUND AN EVENT LIKE THIS. >> FOR THIS FATHER AND DAUGHTER VISITING FROM NEW ORLEANS, THEY CAN SEE AND FEEL ORLANDO’S SOCCER ENERGY FIVE — SOCCER ENERGY VIBE. >> ORLANDO IS A GREAT CITY AND ANY KIND OF SPORT ENHANCES THAT ENERGY. MICHELLE: I JUST WENT ONLINE AND TH

Orlando among best cities in nation for soccer fans, study says

The city of Orlando, home to the Orlando City Lions and Orlando Pride, is the second-best soccer city in the United States, a new study says. Related video above: MLS all-star game in OrlandoWalletHub compared ticket prices, accessibility to the stadium and dozens of other factors in making its determinations. Los Angeles was the only city ahead of Orlando. To determine the top spots, WalletHub compared more than 280 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across five divisions and examined each based on 52 key metrics. The data set ranged from the minimum season-ticket price for a game to stadium accessibility to number of championship wins. The study credited the U.S. women’s national team’s victory in the 2019 World Cup with higher attendance at soccer games across the country. Three U.S. women’s national team players, Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger, are also on the Orlando Pride. The Lions and Pride play their home games in the $155 million Orlando City Stadium, which opened in 2017.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

The city of Orlando, home to the Orlando City Lions and Orlando Pride, is the second-best soccer city in the United States, a new study says.

Related video above: MLS all-star game in Orlando

WalletHub compared ticket prices, accessibility to the stadium and dozens of other factors in making its determinations.

Los Angeles was the only city ahead of Orlando.

To determine the top spots, WalletHub compared more than 280 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across five divisions and examined each based on 52 key metrics. The data set ranged from the minimum season-ticket price for a game to stadium accessibility to number of championship wins.

The study credited the U.S. women’s national team’s victory in the 2019 World Cup with higher attendance at soccer games across the country.

Three U.S. women’s national team players, Alex Morgan, Ashlyn

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