U.S.-Portugal is most watched soccer game in U.S. history

pmagee@sunherald.comJune 23, 2014 

Sunday's U.S.-Portugal World Cup match is the most-viewed soccer match ever in the U.S., ESPN announced Monday.

The game, which ended in a 2-2 draw, averaged 18,220,000 viewers, peaking at 22,961,000.

According to web site AwfulAnnouncing.com, the game averaged 24.7 million viewers in the U.S. when you include numbers from the Spanish-language network Univision.

That means the U.S.-Portugal match was viewed more than any MLB, NBA or NHL game this past year.

For ESPN, it is the most-viewed non-football telecast in its history.

Prior to Sunday, the most watched soccer game in U.S. history was the U.S.-China final in the 1999 Women's World Cup final on ABC. That game drew 17,950,000 viewers.

The U.S. returns to action against Germany starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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