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Business of Sport: Beautiful game captivates land of the free

The USA's unexpectedly good showing at the World Cup is igniting a big surge in popularity for the sport across the Atlantic, writes Niall Stanage.

29th June, 2014

The United States scraped into the last 16 of the World Cup by the skin of their teeth last Thursday, getting through on goal difference despite a 1-0 defeat by Germany in Recife. But a bigger picture is delighting the game’s Stateside advocates: the popularity of football is soaring in America, according to several metrics.

One week ago, when the USA drew 2-2 with Portugal in a thrilling encounter in Manaus, the game attracted...

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