The 3.3 million viewers that watched the 3-1 U.S. win beat the previous record of 2.5 million for the 1999 U.S-Denmark contest. That means three times as many fans watched the game as they did the U.S. opener in the 2011 World Cup.
The game also earned the highest-ever rating for a soccer game on Fox Sports 1.
The rating in Los Angeles was the 10th highest in the nation with Baltimore No. 1.
Overall through the first eight games of the tournament, viewership has increased 76 percent over 2011 when the tournament was held in Germany, Fox Sports announced..
Alexandra Wrage, an anti-corruption specialist who served on FIFA’s International Governance Committee, a group meant to reform the organization, tells Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” that Sepp Blatter rebuffed her suggestion to add a few independent members to his executive committee to create transparency.
“There was really clear evidence in my mind that we were just going to be used as window dressing,” she said.
Coincidentally today we found out why Blatter had that attitude. American FIFA official Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes in connection with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, part of a larger network of alleged FIFA bribery believed to involve $150 million over the last 25 years.
The show airs at 9 o’clock tonight.
Free 5-a-side soccer tournaments will be held May 15-25 at Norwalk’s Urban Soccer 5 Center as the new 10-field facility opens.
The facility is intended for all age groups hosting kids’ games and corporate events, while HD cameras capture the action that can be streamed live or replayed later from the LED lighted fields.
The venue also includes a soccer shop, cafe for lunch and breakfast and private lockers and individual showers.
Urban Soccer 5 center will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Check it out:
Special Day: Galaxy players Omar Gonzalez, left, and Jaime Penedo participated in a soccer game in Carson Tuesday with Special Olympics Southern California players ahead of the July event in Los Angeles (Photos courtesy Herbalife).
The Special Olympics World Games will be the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year and the biggest single event Los Angeles has hosted since the 1984 Olympics when it is held July 25 through Aug. 2.
The event will attract an estimated 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators.
Galaxy sponsor Herbalife is donating more than 300,000 meal and protein snack bars to athletes and volunteers.
- No 2: Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz
- No. 3: LAFC co-owner Magic Johnson
- No. 8: Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke
- No. 42: Galaxy striker Robbie Keane
Two more locals associated with soccer — agent Richard Motzkin and Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, who is emerging as a respected spokesman in the gay community — make the list of the top five up and comers.
And of the five whose stock has fallen the most in Southern California sports circles, there are two with soccer ties: former AEG head honcho Tim Leiweke and former owner of the now-defunct Chivas USA Jorge Vergara.
If MLS insists on moving forward with a full slate of games despite all the missing stars, shouldn’t they provide discounts to their loyal fans this weekend?
Like that’s going to happen, even if league officials know they are putting out a sub-par product:
Too many goose eggs today. Tomorrow better be better.
— Will Kuhns (@will_kuhns) March 22, 2015
Converted: Record numbers of U.S. viewers watched the opening weekend of EPL action that included this Wayne Rooney goal for Manchester United in a losing cause against Swansea City (Associated Press photo).
NBC said today that:
- Saturday’s Arsenal-Crystal Palace game on NBC averaged 885,000 viewers and became the most-watched opening weekend match in U.S. history. It out-drew last year’s corresponding fixture by 12 percent.
- Sunday’s Newcastle-Manchester City game on NBCSN averaged 514,000 viewers, ranking it as the most-watched opening weekend game on cable in U.S. history. It topped the previous record holder in 2012 when ESPN showed the game.
- All told, 3.3 million watched the five games that aired on NBC and NBCSN, the most ever for the opening weekend of EPL action.
Could Major League Soccer learn a little something from the LA Clippers, NBA and Steve Ballmer?