If you ask any Philadelphia Union fan the loss to LAFC in the 2022 MLS Cup will always linger in the back of their mind.

 

Without a doubt, it was heart-wrenching when Gareth Bale tied it 3-3 in the 128th-minute.

 

In that moment it seemed as if all hope was sucked away from Philadelphia. Momentum swung in Los Angeles’s favor and they managed to defeat the Union in penalty shootouts.

This loss will hurt like no other for Union fans, but there are so many positive outlooks to take away from this match.

 

One statistic that stood out was the viewership for the matchup between LAFC and Philadelphia.

 

According to reports, there were 1.487 million viewers on Fox & 668,000 viewers on Univision. All in all, it combined for a whopping 2.16 million spectators tuning in for the highly anticipated championship.

 

This was the second highest viewership for a championship match in MLS history since 1997.

 

For those who believe soccer will not become a popular sport in the United States, I beg to differ. If anything, the younger generation is starting to take more of an interest in the sport.

 

Furthermore, residents of Philadelphia are taking notice of the success of the Union.

 

These past few weeks have truly opened my eyes to how Philly sports fans are finally accepting the Union as one of their own.

 

Whether you support soccer or not, Philadelphia Union is a professional sports organization!

 

In fact, Philadelphia was the number one local market for Fox’s broadcast for the annual championship.

 

Viewership in Philadelphia nearly tripled other places in the United States which demonstrated the rapid interest for the Union.

 

Fans who never watched a regular season Union game had their eyes glued to the screen watching the final match of the 2022 MLS season.

 

At this rate, the Union are gaining far more interest than ever due to their success on the pitch and garnering attention on a national level.

 

Hopefully next season the Union will cement themselves as one of the core sports teams in the City of Brotherly Love once and for all!

 

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