Top 10 moments of World Cup 2010

What effect the 2010 World Cup will have on local and American soccer, if any, still remains to be seen.

What is known is that more than 19 million people watched the United States versus Ghana round of 16 game on television, making it the most-watched soccer matchup in U.S. history at that point, according to the Nielsen Company.

That beats any game in the American hosted 1994 World Cup, including the U.S’s last 16 clash against Brazil, and the Italy-Brazil final which had over 18.1 million viewers.

In fact, viewing of this World Cup was up a whopping 36 per cent on 2006 up to the semifinal stage.

It is obvious that the sport is growing here, and Nielson’s vice president, Stephen Master, said the rise of social networking and virtually unlimited access to soccer is helping it thrive.

There are many other reasons, of course, but whether it can grow to a point where the United States can compete on the world stage against the superpowers in years to come remains to be seen.

And so to the top 10 moments of the 2010 World Cup. No, Paul the most famous Octopus on the planet is not included for his amazing prediction skills (he got all Germany’s seven games and the final spot on), but he probably knew that already.

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