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More Americans Than Ever Are Watching the World Cup

Soccer fans celebrate the United States win over Ghana on June 16 in Nashville
Soccer fans celebrate the United States win over Ghana on June 16 in NashvillePhotograph by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

The long-awaited rise of soccer in the U.S. is an old and sometimes overcooked story. Yet early returns show noticeably increased interest in the World Cup this time around.

ESPN reports today that Monday night’s match between the U.S. and Ghana scored a 7.0 ratings share on Nielsen’s overnight report—a record for a FIFA World Cup match on the channel.