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25.4 million viewers tuned in to USA win — more than every game of NBA finals

WW15Here’s a report from Fox:

The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

USA-Japan final highlights:

– The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.

– USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.

– The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).

– Last night’s match average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
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Three matches today; Timbers opener on ESPN2, 4:30

There are three more MLS games today: Chicago at LA at 2 p.m. and RSL at San Jose at 7 p.m. Those are both interesting games: the MLS Cup champion in the first, two Western Conference contenders in the second.

However, the game that gets the national coverage on ESPN2 will be the one of special interest to Northwest fans: Portland at New York at 4:30 p.m.


White says Cascadia match a ‘no-brainer’ for NBC

The Sounders match at Portland on Saturday will be the first nationally telecast on NBC. Not NBCSN, but over-the-air NBC itself: network of “The Tonight Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” etc.

Broadcaster Arlo White — who knows a thing or two about the Cascadia Cup rivalry — had this to say about the selection of this match for NBC’s MLS debut broadcast.

“It was a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned, because NBC – going into Major League Soccer for the first time – they had to show at least one Cascadia derby between Seattle and Portland,” White said this morning on

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Couple of good MLS games on TV tonight

A couple of interesting MLS games will be played tonight, and fortunately enough both are televised. Unfortunately enough, they’re on at the same time.

So get out the remote or get ready to pick between Real Salt Lake-Colorado or Portland-Houston.

The latter is crucial to the playoff hopes of both teams. But the former has a bit more meaning to the Sounders, as anything but a Salt Lake win will clinch a No. 2 seeding for Seattle in the coming playoffs. That’s pretty much already established, however; so the greater meaning might be that a Salt Lake loss would increase the possibility that Dallas — or even Colorado — could climb to third in the West, thereby becoming the Sounders’ playoff-opening opponent.

Here’s a quick preview on both games from MLS (and follow the links for even more):

Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
· Drew Moor scored the game’s only goal as the Rapids put an end to a five-game winless run in their last last match, a 1-0 win against FC Dallas.

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Tide Owner, Head Coach Appear on TV Tacoma

On Thursday April 28 Tacoma Tide FC owner Mike Jennings and head coach Gerry Gray were guests on’s CityLine program.

The show will soon be archived and linked online at

Jennings and Gray talked about the role of Tacoma Tide FC in the South Sound soccer community, about the move to Stadium Bowl, and also gave insight into their soccer backgrounds.

TV Tacoma is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click! TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma City

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