US-Portugal match could generate big TV rating

US-Portugal match could generate big TV rating

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Portugal's striker Cristiano Ronaldo runs during a training session at the Arena Amazonia, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on June 21, 2014, a day ahead of the FIFA World Cup match against the USA. AFP PHOTO / Raphael Alves (Photo credit should read RAPHAEL ALVES/AFP/Getty Images)

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 22 at 8:15 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- With interest up in the World Cup, the United States match against Portugal on Sunday is poised to take a run at viewership records for men’s soccer in the United States.

The U.S. team is going for its second straight win and the early evening starting time on the weekend should make it convenient for many to watch.

The 19.7 million people who saw the U.S. men’s team get knocked out by Ghana four years ago is the biggest audience for a game involving the U.S. men’s team. The best for any men’s game was the 2010 championship between Spain and the Netherlands, seen by 24.7 million.

ESPN executive Scott Guglielmino said that “Sunday has a chance to be a very, very special day for us.”

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