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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!

World Cup Final watch: Where are you going to watch Brazil-Netherlands Saturday and the Germany-Argentina finale Sunday?

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World Cup Watch: Brazil-Germany Semifinal sets record Twitter and Television marks

The Tuesday midday game was watched on ESPN and Univision by a combined average audience of 12.4 million making it the most-viewed World Cup semifinal ever in the U.S.

It was also the highest-rated World Cup game not involving the U.S. ever on ESPN, where records were also set earlier in the tournament for the U.S.-Portugal contest.

Curiously, viewership actually increased as the 7-1 blowout went on making it more like a car wreck on the freeway than a soccer game.

Los Angeles was the eighth highest-rated market in the nation for ESPN, while even more viewers were watching on Univision in LA.

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World Cup Brazil Humiliation Watch: Sadness Storified, Meet the Saddest Merchant in Old Torrance and who was the smart money on anyway?

Ooops.

It was that kind of day for Brazil (and its sponsors).

Experience the collective sadness of a mortified nation here.

Notable: online sports book Bovada.lv observed today that “70% of of the betting money was on Germany to win in regulation and 75 percent was on Germany to advance to the final.”

Odds on a score of Germany winning 7-1 were not offered (who would take that)? It was 250-1 for Germany to win 6-0, though.

Finally, what’s worse than being Brazilian and seeing your nation humiliated before a worldwide audience like that? How about being Brazilian and having a whole lot of World Cup-related merchandise to shift? Sales coming soon, I presume.

Here’s Ana Imbriale of Brasil Mania in Old Torrance (her young son, wearing a Neymar jersey, declined to appear on camera):

Speaking of bad timing: who will go to this event in Carson on the eve of the World Cup final now?

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World Cup Watch: Brazil-Germany at 1 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN and Univision

Suggested reading:

Here’s my take on the tournament so far in this week’s soccer column.

Here’s more on the game from our sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News.

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The biggest Mexican Major League Soccer star no-one has ever heard of: Chivas USA striker Erick Torres

The statistically most successful Mexican striker in Major League Soccer history is not Luis Hernandez, Carlos Hermosillo or Cuauhtémoc Blanco.

He is a young striker deemed surplus to requirements at Chivas Guadalajara who has now scored more goals in MLS than any other Mexican striker in history; Cubo “Erick” Torres, who is now the second most prolific scorer in MLS this season.

He was voted the MLS Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters after scoring  two goals that propelled Chivas USA to two 1-0 victories, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

And he has done so largely ignored by fans of his same heritage; just an announced 4,201 took in the last Chivas USA game over the holiday weekend.

“He’s got a quality you can’t teach,” Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said recently. “His focus is just superb and for his age, it’s hard to believe what he can come up with and pull off. The goal tonight reminded me of that bicycle kick in Vancouver last year, where it’s just something out of nothing.”

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Major League Soccer Saturday: LA Galaxy Independence Day video highlights, Chivas USA hosts Montreal Impact in Carson

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