BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Olympics aren’t the only sporting event drawing a big crowd. People from across the world came to Baltimore Saturday to see a different kind of soccer.

Adam May reports.

Baltimore gets a chance to shine in the national spotlight. Two English Premiere League soccer teams square off in a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Televised around the world and seen by more than 40,000 people in person, some traveled from as far away as Australia for the match.

“It’s a great game, a great atmosphere to go and see. A bit different from the NFL… not so much stop-start,” said Sydney native Matt Camp. “It’s the history of it, the ceremony about the game.”

Tottenham and Liverpool may not be the most household names here in the states, but a following could still be found among some Americans.

“My husband’s been a life long fan of the team. It’s our anniversary weekend, so we decided to make a road trip to Baltimore. Here we are,” said Jamie Littell from Pittsburgh.

Dave Harper brought his kids from Philadelphia.

“We’re real excited. This is the first time my kids will get to see professional soccer. The chance to see their favorite team was something we couldn’t pass up,” said Harper.

Games have also been held in other cities up and down the East Coast.


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