Who Says We Don’t Love Soccer? Portugal Match Sets Viewership Marks In U.S.

We may not love soccer. But, we do love supporting our country. GEAUX USA!!!

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Who says Americans don’t love soccer?

The United States’ 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is almost certainly the most-viewed soccer match ever in the United States.

The Nielsen company said Monday that the gripping game was seen by an average of 24.7 million viewers Sunday evening on ESPN and Univision. That matches it with the 24.7 million U.S. viewers who watched the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

ESPN said an additional 490,000 people streamed coverage of the game on their mobile devices through the company’s app. Streaming numbers for 2010 weren’t immediately available, but it’s very unlikely it reached that level.

Many factors were in place to make it a big night for soccer on television. It was an exciting game, interest in the U.S. team was high because of the first-game victory against Ghana and World Cup viewing in general has…

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