The US vs Portugal game has been confirmed as the most wateched game in the history of US soccer, where a peak of 22,096,000 was recorded during the game and an average of 24.7 Million viewers throughout the country. ESPN also confirmed that it had up to 489,000 people downloading and streaming the game live from its state of the art application. It is almost impossible to compare this result with past experiences as the technology at the moment is much more sophisticated than it was a while ago.
The support which the US has recveived, has obviously not gone unoticed with the national teams players. Michael Bradley, ex Roma has certainly recognised the support the national team is getting and says that it gives the players an added bonus of pushing harder in order to acheive their objectives, which is to go as far as possible in the World Cup.
“When we get back to the hotel and we hear about Grant Park in Chicago having 10,000 fans out to watch the game and friends and family are sending pictures and videos of what’s going on, it can’t help but push you on because we want to make every person watching back home proud of us and proud to watch our team,” said midfielder Michael Bradley.
The stakes are high for the US going far in the competition. There is a real sense that both planets are aligning as years pass, but in order to help this transformation quicker, US is desperate for some sort of success that it could obtain. Obviously going as far will give that push a harder one.
But this should not stop here. The US has a potentially massive game against another european powerhouse, and although the US are in a great position, the group is not decided yet. An unlikely win will put them in top place against all odds, so the game has not become meaningless. Probably tv chiefs would have wanted this result as the game will generate more interest should US would have beaten Portugal.