US-Mexico tie draws big TV audience for soccer

US-Mexico tie more than doubles previous high viewership for World Cup qualifier on ESPN

Associated Press
US-Mexico tie draws big TV audience for soccer

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Mexico's Javier Hernandez, center, struggles to control the ball as he's pressured by United States' Matt Besler, left, and Omar Gonzalez during a 2014 World Cup qualifying match at the Aztec stadium in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The game ended 0-0. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- The scoreless tie between the United States and Mexico more than doubled the previous high viewership for a World Cup qualifier on an ESPN network.

The game Tuesday night was watched by 2.385 million people on ESPN. The company said Wednesday that the previous high was 1.191 million viewers for a 2009 U.S.-Mexico match on ESPN2.

The Americans earned only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium. The tie moved the U.S. (1-1-1) into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region after three of 10 matches.


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