On TV, at Least, World Cup Soccer Is America's Second-Most Popular Sport

Fans in Grant Park celebrate a goal by the U.S. against Portugal in a Group G World Cup soccer match on June 22 in Chicago Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The 2014 FIFA World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal produced another record-breaking ratings number for ESPN and Univision. The combined 24.7 million viewers—18.2 million on ESPN and 6.5 million on Univision, neither number official yet—would make it the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history, just topping the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

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