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MLS All-Star Game draws most viewers on ESPN2 since 2005

Bradley Wright-Phillips of MLS All-Stars celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the MLS All-Star game at Providence Park on August 6, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bradley Wright-Phillips of MLS All-Stars celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the MLS All-Star game at Providence Park on August 6, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

The 862,000 viewers that watched the MLS All-Stars' victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday were the most to tune into ESPN's coverage of a MLS All-Star game since 2005, according to numbers from the Sports Business Journal.

In 2005, the game was moved from ABC to ESPN, which put the match on cable television.

More: MLS shines in impressive All-Star win over Bayern Munich

There was also a UniMas broadcast of the match, which drew 410,000 viewers, for a combined audience of 1.27 million viewers.

That number is second all-time only to the 2011 match against Manchester United, which drew 1.45 million viewers.

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By comparison, Fox drew 726,000 viewers for the Guinness International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Real Madrid on Aug. 2.

The 2013 MLS All-Star game against AS Roma drew just 319,000 viewers.

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- Sarah Barshop

 

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