World Cup 2014: US-Portugal match attracts record viewers

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United States' Clint Dempsey (8) runs to celebrate with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the Group G World Cup match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22.
Washington, June 24: A record number of Americans watched the FIFA World Cup Group G match between the United States and Portugal in Manaus, cable sports network ESPN said.

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The match, which ended 2-2 Sunday, drew 18.2 million viewers to become "the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever" and the biggest event on ESPN that wasn't professional or college American football, reports Xinhua.

The previous record was held by the 1999 Women's World Cup final between the United States and China that attracted nearly 18 million Americans.

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