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ABC's coverage of the U.S. loss to Ghana attracted some 14.86 million viewers, making it the most-watched men's World Cup match ever in the United States, preliminary ratings showed.

The 1999 women's World Cup final, in which the U.S. defeated China, is the only match to average more U.S. viewers (17.97 million).

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Saturday's 2-1 defeat — which sent the American squad packing from the tournament — was a case of history repeating itself: Ghana sent the U.S. team home by the same score in the 2006 World Cup.

The 50 games that have been carried so far on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC are averaging 2.8 million viewers.