CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte FC supporters arrived in record-setting fashion to its home opener against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.

The club set the standalone MLS attendance record with 74,479 fans in attendance at Bank of America Stadium in .

The 74,479 spectators were the largest soccer crowd in the world this weekend. To date, it was the largest crowd for a regular-season soccer match on the planet this year.

The attendance record for a standalone MLS regular-season match was 72,548 set by Atlanta United on Aug. 8, 2019. The attendance record for a postseason match is 73,019 set on Dec. 8, 2018 during MLS Cup, which was also hosted at Atlanta’s home stadium.

The Galaxy spoiled the night recording a 1-0 victory on Efrain Alvarez’s 77th-minute goal.

“We play football because we want to win… but today, I believe I am the happiest coach in the world,” Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Ramírez said. “It was amazing. I cannot describe in words the energy and I would like to thank everyone who joined us in this party, it really was a party.

“Even though we didn’t win, we will continue the party. My request is that I would like to see all of them [the fans] back.”

Charlotte (0-2), which is 13th place out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference, has not scored a goal yet.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at