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World Cup opener audience of 53,058 sets record for Canadian national team

06/06/2015 09:18 EDT | Updated 06/06/2016 05:59 EDT
EDMONTON - The opening match of the Women's World Cup set an attendance record of 53,058 at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

The previous record for a Canadian national team match on home soil was 51,936, set June 5, 1994, when the national men's soccer team played Brazil at the Edmonton venue.

The tournament opener also erased the previous attendance mark of 29,953 for a women's 'A' international on home soil. That record was set at the same venue in August 2003 when Canada blanked Mexico 8-0.

In 2002, the Edmonton venue was home to a crowd of 47,784 when Canada played the U.S. in the final of the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.

The record crowd for a Women's World Cup opening match is 78,972, set in 1999 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The final that year drew 90,185 to the Rose Bowl.

Saturday's game was played 20 years to the day when Canada made its Women's World Cup debut, in a 3-2 loss to England before just 655 in Helsingborg, Sweden.

The 24-team World Cup runs through July 5 in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Moncton.

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