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ESPN is happy about U.S.-Brazil soccer ratings

June 30, 2009 |  1:08 pm

Soccer_240 The U.S. men's soccer team was disappointed with its 3-2 loss to Brazil on Sunday in the FIFA Confederations Cup final, but ESPN came out a big winner. It was the most-watched non-FIFA World Cup match featuring the U.S. men's soccer national team, with an average of 3.945 million viewers.

The telecast was seen by an average of 2.556 million television homes, based on a 2.6 rating, according to ESPN.

It was the third-largest audience for a U.S. men's national team match on ESPN, trailing two World Cup matches, June 21, 2002, featuring Germany vs. U.S. and seen by 5.335 million viewers; and June 22, 1994, U.S. vs. Columbia, with 4.810 million viewers.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Sacha Kljestan (16) is tangled up with Gilberto Silva during the Confederations Cup final on June 28, 2009. Photo credit: US Presswire.