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Boom in US Soccer Gambling

Recent figures have shown that Americans are becoming more and more interested in gambling on soccer proving that the American’s interest in football is now at an all time high, just in time for the 2010 World Cup.

Not only is gambling becoming more popular on soccer matches are also receiving a better turn out with a record breaking 72, 368 fans attending a match between Real Madrid and American team, DC United, the teams largest audience ever. Despite their unprecedented support DC United still ended up losing 3-0 to Real Madrid.

DC United President Kevin Payne, speaking of his decision to let the match go ahead despite an almost guaranteed loss for his team said, “If there’s 80,000 people in the stands, and 5,000 of them say, ‘This DC United team is pretty good. I really like that guy Moreno, or I like that guy Pontius or Fred’, then we’ve accomplished something and maybe we’ll develop more fans out of that.

Interest was also at an all time high for the June Confederations Cups where Team USA played against Brazil. Payton O’Brien said, “The betting action was pretty remarkable all things considered. We have never witnessed this type of interest in a soccer event, not even with the 2006 world cup. Articles about the match also received more reads than articles related to most other major sporting events including Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game between Buffalo and Tennessee as well as UFC 101.”

Danielle Almond
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