Boston Ranked Among the Best U.S. Cities for Soccer Fans

Just in time for the Copa America Centenario.

Photo via Jeremy Bernfeld/WBUR on Flickr/Creative Commons

Soccer fans at Fenway. Photo via Jeremy Bernfeld/WBUR on Flickr/Creative Commons

Boston ranks among the best cities in the U.S. for soccer fans, according to a new study coinciding with the COPA América.

Boston landed just outside the top 10, securing the No. 11 spot in the list compiled by personal finance social network WalletHub. Also representing New England in the top 100 were Providence (No. 50), New Britain, Connecticut (71), Smithfield, Rhode Island (77), Hartford (79), Storrs, Connecticut (80), and Lowell (92).

To compile the list, WalletHub compared 296 of the most populated U.S. cities across six divisions (MLS, NWSL, NASL, USL, and men and women’s college soccer) and 51 metrics, including minimum season ticket price, stadium capacity, attendance, fan engagement, and number of championship wins.

Orlando took top honors, followed by Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, Kansas City, and Seattle.

Gillette Stadium will host part of the historic centennial edition of the Copa America, the South American soccer championship, with a match between Chile and Bolivia later this month. This year’s tournament marks the first time the Copa America will be held outside of South America.

You can check out WalletHub’s full ranking here.