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USA second in 2018 World Cup ticket sales

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Matthias Ginter celebrates with the trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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Since 2018 World Cup tickets were available to buy in September 2017 the USA have been in the top 10 of nations purchasing tickets.

Imagine if the USMNT had actually qualified for the World Cup in Russia...

According to the latest statistics released by FIFA on Tuesday, only tickets requests from hosts Russia exceed tickets sales to applicants living in the USA.

Why is this?

It is highly likely that fans of the Mexican national team living in the USA have bumped up the number, while soccer fans in the U.S. who have links to other countries actually competing in the tournament are also likely to be buying plenty of tickets.

Here’s the top 10 list (aside from Russia) of ticket-buying nations, with South America set to be well supported and look at England all the way down in 11th with just over 30,000 tickets bought via official channels.

Russia 796,875
USA 80,161
Brazil 65,863
Colombia 60,199
Germany 55,136
Mexico 51,736
Argentina 44,882
Peru 38,544
China 36,841
Australia 34,628
England 30,711