It's always nice to see FirstEnergy Stadium host some other sporting events outside of Browns season, and they did just that Sunday afternoon when the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) defeated Japan 2-0 in a friendly. It was the second time this week the two teams had squared off in a friendly, with the other result being a 3-3 tie this past Thursday in Colorado. This was the first time the women's team played in Cleveland since May 2010, when they defeated Germany 4-0.
The re-match in Cleveland was halted in the 76th minute due to severe weather, including rain and lightning. The storms were expected to continue for several hours, so the match was called. Surprisingly, despite being in the 6th inning, across town, the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals waited out a rain delay for 3 hours and 10 minutes before resuming action.
Several members of the Browns visited the soccer game, including NT Danny Shelton and ILB Demario Davis:
The #Browns are here at @FEStadium supporting @ussoccer_wnt! #USAvJPN #USWNT pic.twitter.com/EgsRTxz5eh— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 5, 2016
Not a bad view for the @ussoccer_wnt game @FEStadium! pic.twitter.com/XN3h1Tvqqy— Betsy Morrison (@BetsyMo13) June 5, 2016
According to Rob McBurnett, the Browns' Communication Manager, there were 23,535 fans at the game today, marking the largest crowd ever to watch the USWNT in Ohio.