The United States Women’s National Team is looking for a third straight World Cup title, and many want to see it done.
FOX Sports says the team’s Friday night opener against Vietnam was one of the most-watched Women’s World Cup group stage contests on English-language television.
Overall, the match averaged just 5.2 million viewers overnight, marking it as the second most-watched group stage game at the Women’s World Cup.
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The only match with a higher average viewership was the USWNT’s 2019 game against Chile – the United States won 3–0 to advance to the Round of 16.
The match reached 6,552,000 viewers between 10:45 and 11 pm.
In fact, Friday night’s crowd was nearly double that of the equivalent group stage telecast in 2019. That was a 99% increase from the USA-Thailand game four years ago, which averaged 2.649 million viewers.
The majority of the USWNT remained silent as the national anthem played before their Women’s World Cup opener against Vietnam.
Two goals from Sophia Smith and another from captain Lynsday Horan helped the United States beat Vietnam 3-0 late Friday night in Auckland, New Zealand.
Overall, the USWNT had 66% of the time and completed 79% of their passes – Vietnam’s pass accuracy was just 49%. USA defeated Vietnam 9-0.
Realistically, the scoreboard could have, and should have, looked a bit different – but a win is a win, and it’s a good start.
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The USWNT, heavy favorites to win it all again, return to action on Wednesday when they take on the Netherlands at 9 p.m.