Catching you up on the highlights from June 9th!
1) The numbers came in for US Soccer: The USWNT’s tournament-opening 3-1 win over Australia averaged 3.311 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, as reported by SportsTVRatings.com. That’s over three times the 1.074 million viewers that watched the US Women’s opening game of the 2011 tournament against North Korea. Add an 118,000 unique streams for the match on FOX Sports GO, the most-streamed authenticated event ever on the app. Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final edged World Cup action with an audience of 3.874 million viewers. The prime time slot and time zone are aligned perfectly for record-breaking viewership numbers and that bodes well for the Finals.
By the way, the numbers from elsewhere: In China, 2.3 million people enjoyed CCTV5’s coverage of the WWC Opening Match. Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV reached 4.2 million people during Japan’s match against Switzerland. England’s opener against France drew 1.5 million viewers to BBC2 and similar on France’s W9. Not a bad start!
2) Marta became the all-time leading scorer in Women’s World Cup history, scoring her 15th career WC goal in the opening Women’s World Cup match for Brazil. Coincidentally, her first goal at the finals, in 2003, was also a penalty against the Koreans. No trophy or medal is needed to prove that she has changed women’s football and inspired generations of girls around the globe. You have helped change our lives.
— Matthew ∞ Weber;; (@Weber514) June 10, 2015
3) Daniela Montoya’s superb long-range strike gave Colombia a point against Mexico in their tournament debut, and one which denied Mexico their very much needed 1st Women’s World Cup win, but it was also Las Cafeteras’ first in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match.“I don’t get many goals, but when I do they always come in big games.” Arguably the most brilliant goal of the day!
— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) June 9, 2015
4) A first-half strike from Eugenie Le Sommer was the one that helped France edge England 1-0 to open Group F play in Moncton. France, who have not lost to England since 1974, were determined to begin their Canada 2015 campaign brightly. Though they were far from their usual beautiful style, the typical French finesse wasn’t dulled much by the rainy turf conditions.
5) In what might have been the least thrilling match of the day, Spain and Costa Rica (both new to the WWC arena) struggled to a 1-1 draw played in a solemn Montreal Olympic Stadium. Plug: That’s me telling you there are still tons of tickets left for this venue. Go get them and fill the seats plus be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Win-Win.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
GERMANY(1-0-0) v. NORWAY(1-0-0)
4:00p ET; FS1; TD Place Stadium
PRCHINA PR(0-0-1) v. NETHERLANDS(1-0-0)
6:00p ET; FS2; Commonwealth Stadium
COTE D’IVOIRE(0-0-1) v. THAILAND (0-0-1)
7:00p ET; FS1; TD Place Stadium
CANADA(1-0-0) v. NEW ZEALAND (0-0-1)
9:00p ET; FS1; Commonwealth Stadium