Sam’s Army, Spain Supporters Out in Droves As USA-Spain Match Sets New England Attendance Record

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With nearly 65,000 in attendance, Saturday's USA-Spain friendly at Gillette Stadium has shattered the record for attendance of a U.S. soccer event in New England.

The previous record was set in 1997, when 57,407 came out for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Still, the attendance is not set to surpass the record 67,684 on hand for the September 2007 friendly between Brazil and Mexico at Gillette.

Sam's Army, an unofficial fan group that supports the U.S. soccer team, has filled the entire lower section behind one of the goals, creating a sea of their signature red.

Both Spain and the United States appear very well supported in the stands, but the most popular jersey may not be La Furia Roja or the Red White and Blue. Instead, it appears to be an FC Barcelona shirt, particularly that of Lionel Messi, an Argentina native.

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