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You’re Never Going to Believe What The Most Viewed Soccer Match On American TV Was

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Forget about Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona, or any other English or European team.

And it wasn’t from any team playing in the US, either.

Instead, it took place in a 30,000-seat stadium in a Mexican city with fewer than 300,000 inhabitants. The teams facing off weren’t just unfamiliar to the average American sports fan, but likely to many American soccer fans.

Yet, when Leon traveled to Pachuca for the second leg of the Liga MX Clausura final on May 18, the United States tuned in, and did so in massive numbers.

The game, broadcast on UniMas – a smaller sister station of Univision – reached 4.7 million total viewers who tuned in to all or part of the broadcast, according to a release.

For comparison, 505,000 people saw the 2013 MLS Cup between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake on ESPN, while another 514,000 watched on UniMas.

Read More: goal.com

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