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Can the 2014 World Cup boost soccer's popularity in the US?

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United States' (top L-R) football team players Omar Gonzalez, goalkeeper and captain Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Brek Shea and (bottom L-R) Jermaine Jones, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson Jozy Altidore pose for a team picture ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014 friendly football match between Austria and United States on November 19, 2013 at the Ernst Happel Stadium, in Vienna. Austria won 1-0.

After Friday's World Cup draw, the international buzz surrounding the 2014 schedules, groups and teams has continued to build.

Grouped with Germany, Portugal and Ghana, Team USA fans around the country are are already sweating this "group of death" slated for next summer. But how many soccer fans are out there in the U.S.? NFL games still pull in 80 times more viewers than pro soccer matches. 

Ira Boudway has written about soccer in the U.S. and the upcoming World Cup for Bloomberg Businessweek. He joins the show with more. 
 


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