We ARE a Soccer Nation
We knew it all along. But it’s seemed that the love of the game in this country is always marginalized. Well, not anymore.
Wednesday morning’s United States vs. Algeria FIFA World Cup match on ESPN – in which the Americans scored a dramatic goal in stoppage time to earn a 1-0 win and a spot in the Round of 16 – is the highest-rated and most-watched soccer game in the history of ESPN networks . . . Excluding holidays, ESPN’s coverage of the U.S.-Algeria game ranks as the most-watched weekday morning telecast ever for ESPN
Now that our own country is witnessing our passion for the game, perhaps countries abroad will follow suit.
What was the reaction in the White House? President Obama called the team to congratulate them and shared how he learned of the game’s result:
Obama told the USA players that while he was meeting with General Petraeus, the new commander for USA forces in Afghanistan, in the Oval Office, he heard the rest of the West Wing erupt when Landon Donovan scored the game-winner over Algeria.
How cool is that?
The ratings for tomorrow’s match against Ghana promise to be record-setting as well. Where will you be watching the game? Apparently there’ll be quite a party in the West Wing.
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