Soccer City USA? It's not Portland.
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Portland may think of itself as Soccer City USA, but according to a new study from WalletHub, we're in the #4 spot.
Los Angeles ranked first, followed by Orlando and Seattle. Portland is followed by New York at #5, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, Kansas City, Atlanta and Chicago.
The study found Portland ranks #3 for most engaged NWSL fans, #5 for highest NWSL stadium capacity, #4 for lowest minimum season-ticket price for an NWSL game, #1 for best-performing NWSL teams and #5 for best-performing MLS teams.
The WalletHub study combined six divisions of soccer: MLS, NWSL, NASL, USL, men's college soccer and women's college soccer. Then they weighted various variables within each division. For example, within the MLS, they weighed number of teams, championship wins, franchise value, fan engagement, etc.