Copa America Final breaks attendance records

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Eat your heart out, Mike Francesa.

The Copa America Centenario final between Argentina and Chile drew a record breaking crowd of 82,026 fans, shattering the all-time record for soccer attendance in New Jersey history. The previous record for a soccer match in New Jersey also featured Argentina. Argentina vs. Brazil registered 81,994 fans in a friendly encounter in 2012. That match ended 4-3 Argentina.

While Brazil and Argentina brought plenty of firepower to their encounter, Argentina and Chile packed the tension. Both sides went 120 scoreless minutes before deciding their match in penalty kicks. A rare Lionel Messi miss opened the doors for Chile to take the encounter and win their second consecutive Copa America title in two consecutive years.

MetLife Stadium holds up to 82,500 fans.