Think Americans don't care about soccer?

It was a big night for John Brooks and U.S. soccer Monday. (Reuters)

It was a big night for John Brooks and U.S. soccer Monday. (Reuters)

Anthony Vasquez-Peddie, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:00 PM ET

If you still think soccer isn’t blossoming south of the border, check out the compilation video below.

Bars across the U.S. were packed with fans who exploded with pure joy after Johnny ‘Futbol’ Brooks scored Monday night’s game-winner against Ghana to give America an unlikely 2-1 victory.

The stats tell a similar story. According to the Nelson Company, ESPN’s broadcast of the game scored an overnight national rating of 7.0, which amounts to over eight million households. Broken down by city/region, ratings were highest in Washington, D.C. (11.8), New York (10.2), Hartford-New Haven (10.1) and Boston (10).

That’s in addition to the 1.4 million viewers who apparently watched the game on ESPN’s website.

ESPN’s previous national record for a World Cup broadcast was 4.0 for 2010’s match between the U.S. and Algeria. The all-time record belongs to ABC, who scored 7.5 for 2010’s matchup between the U.S. and England. That game, however, was a national network broadcast on a Saturday.

Another visual representation can be seen in the Vine below. It represents Twitter activity in North America before and after Brooks scored. You can see a high-quality version of the heat map here that spans the entire game.

Whether or not you’re skeptical of the numbers (i.e. there was nothing else on TV to watch), it was undeniably a big night for soccer in the U.S.


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