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US-Portugal match could generate big TV rating

Saturday - 6/21/2014, 2:51pm  ET

United States' Clint Dempsey works out during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. The U.S. will play against Portugal in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup on June 22. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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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