Now "Gma" at the world cup counting down to tomorrow night's big team usa match against Portugal. America has a bad case of soccer fever right now but as you recall, we've been here before will the... See More
Now "Gma" at the world cup counting down to tomorrow night's big team usa match against Portugal. America has a bad case of soccer fever right now but as you recall, we've been here before will the craze last after the games end this time? ABC and ESPN soccer analyst Julie foudy has more from Rio. Good morning, Julie. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Yes, for how many years have we been hearing soccer is finally popular in the United States. It happened when our U.S. Women's team won the world cup in 1999. It happened when David Beckham came to play in major league soccer. It even happened when the U.S. Got out of its group stage in the last world cup in 2010, but this time fees a little different. Scores. Reporter: Soccer has always been the sport for the rest of the world. Football's our game. Baseball's our pastime. Can Dempsey do it? Yes! Reporter: Until now. There are so many Americans here in Rio de Janeiro and, you know, we discuss feel pride, whenever we see each other. Reporter: Aside from Brazilians Americans bought more ticks to this world cup than any other country. A whopping 196,000. Fans like Thomas from California who spent 10 grand to be here. When they scored that last goal I actually almost passed out. Reporter: But it's not just die-hards in Brazil, from southern California to Brooklyn, Americans are embracing soccer like never before in one group of fans is right in the middle of the revolution, the American outlaws. Membership for this combrup has skyrocketed. The 30 and 40 chapters that we had in 2010 is now 1140 chapters. Reporter: And the fan base is growing faster than any other sport and many Americans say they are watching soccer at the same rate as professional basketball. All: I believe that we will win. Reporter: Maybe just maybe this time soccer is here to stay. I believe. All: I believe that we will win. Reporter: Dan, besides the U.S. Game getting big Numbers we know that the non-u.s. Games, they're up 20% in viewership and I think the tell tale sign of everything out there with the brutal winter that happened all across the United States, the fact that people on their first Sunday of the summer are planning viewing parties inside, we've made it. U.s. Soccer has arri I was skeptical going in but you make a really good case and I liked your chanting, the "I believe we will win." That was convincing. Thank you. Remind people, don't miss the big game starting tomorrow at 5:00 eastern on ESPN. Our sister network which has a triple header of world cup action on tap for today, as well. You can feel the excitement here in New York City. Go to any bar or restaurant without seeing it on somewhere. Yeah, I believe we will win too.
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