Who says soccer is just for international audiences? A record-setting American crowd tuned in to watch one of the most thrilling ties in U.S. soccer history.
On Sunday, 18.2 million viewers watched the U.S. Men's team take on Portugal in its second World Cup match on ESPN, the sports network announced Monday. It became the most-watched soccer match ever in the United States, surpassing the 17.9 million viewers who watched the 1999 Women's World Cup final versus China.
At the match's peak, nearly 23 million viewers tuned in, well up from the first U.S. 2014 World Cup match versus Ghana, which drew just under 11.1 million viewers. For those of you keeping score in the football vs. futbol debate, the viewership numbers also make it the most-watched non-football telecast in ESPN history.
The contest was a nail-biter right down to the very last seconds, with Portugal scoring the latest goal in World Cup history to tie the match at 2-2 thanks to Silvestre Valera's header off of a cross by Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving the U.S. advancement celebration for another day. The U.S. team is still very much in contention to move on to the next round with a win or draw versus Germany on Thursday, or a loss and a lead in goals scored differential.
Where did you watch the match and how crushed were you by that last-second goal?
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