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A lasting legacy of America's soccer summer

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:36 PM
I spent the early part of Saturday afternoon with a few friends commemorating the unofficial beginning of the end of summer. Though the English Premier League isn't the first European league of consequence to kick off its season, its opening weekend heralds the true start of the time of year when... Read more

Gedion Zelalem debuts on America's soccer stage

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:36 AM
HARRISON, N.J. - Arsenal's first journey to the United States in 25 years proved to be every bit the spectacle that its many American fans expected. The capstone of the Gunners' three-day tour of New York was a friendly against the Red Bulls on Saturday. Red Bull Arena was drenched in the English... Read more

PPL Park to host CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying semifinals and final

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:01 AM
In its short history, PPL Park has hosted a number of high-profile soccer occasions. This coming October, the Philadelphia Union's home will get one of its biggest games yet. CONCACAF and the U.S. Soccer Federation officially announced Thursday afternoon that PPL Park will host the semifinals, final... Read more

2014 World Cup final sets some U.S. TV records, but not all

Monday, July 14, 2014, 5:46 PM
The U.S. viewership numbers are in for the 2014 World Cup final, and it's official: Germany's 1-0 extra time win over Argentina is the most-watched soccer game in American history. ABC's national English-language broadcast drew 17,324,000 television viewers and 657,000 online viewers. Locally, WPVI-6... Read more

U.S.-Belgium World Cup game draws over 23 million viewers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:37 PM
The United States’ 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup will live long in our collective memories, and not just because of the chances the U.S. had to win the game. It drew the largest weekday audience for soccer in the sport's history in America: 23,690,693 viewers across ESPN and Univision's... Read more

United States World Cup group stage games average over 19 million TV and online viewers

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2:39 PM
Updated July 30 with official post-World Cup figures. As everyone gets ready for Thursday afternoon's U.S.-Belgium game in the round of 16 at the World Cup, I thought I'd pass along some interesting stats on television and online viewership for the Americans' three group stage games. I added up the... Read more

U.S.-Portugal ties record for most-watched soccer game in American TV history

Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:30 PM
Updated June 24 with revised online audience metrics, and again on July 2 with some minor corrections There's no need for a fancy introduction to this post. The headline writes itself. Sunday's United States-Portugal World Cup game tied the record for the most-watched soccer broadcast in American... Read more

ESPN's United States-Ghana World Cup broadcast sets record

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 2:19 PM
Updated June 24 and July 30 with revised online audience metrics. If you thought just about everyone you know was watching the United States' thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana at the World Cup, you were right. And not just if you're a soccer fan. ESPN announced Tuesday afternoon that the game drew an... Read more

American soccer's chemistry lesson

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 9:39 PM
The annals of World Cup history are littered with tales of powerhouses whose dreams of glory were wrecked by chemistry problems on soccer's biggest stage. That has never been a problem for the United States men's national team. Granted, this country has never been a powerhouse. But one of its signature... Read more

PBS to debut 'American Pharaoh' documentary on Bob Bradley's time coaching Egypt

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 10:59 AM
On Monday, most American soccer fans will be focused on the U.S. national team's big World Cup game against Ghana. After that game ends, there's another TV broadcast you might want to check out. PBS will debut "American Pharaoh," a behind-the-scenes documentary on Bob Bradley's time in charge of... Read more
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