I was just thinking this was the most popular World Cup ever in American history in terms of viewership.... Around 20 million watched the USA games and about 10 million Non-USA GAMES. 115 Million Americans watched the Superbowl so quite away to go but the USA games did beat this years addition of the NHL Finals(slightly)and World Series.
What is clear though is that more increased American interest in "football" is a trans-Atlantic shift in the sport. Europe is the dominant center o the sport but in economic terms individual football powers UK(EPL), Spain(La Liga), Italy(Serie A) , Germany(Bundaliga) can't compete 1on1 with the USA especially as far as sports is concerned. The USA is literally obsessed with sports and has a larger sporting culture than any other nation on earth.
The USA has the Big 4 (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) plus the NCAA(University sports, Nascar and High School Sports plus AAU, Rec League youth sports.
Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world but there are only 3-5 Billion dollar soccer clubs in the world. American sorts account for 41 of the 50 Richest sports teams in the world (Soccer does occupy the Top 3 slots)!
There are 29 Billion dollar NFL Teams alone (The Richest sports league in the World) The NFL also has the highest average attendence of any sports league averaging over 60,000 fans per game.
NFL avgs 1.17 Billion per team
MLB ags 900 Million
NBA 600 Million
The Top 20 Soccer teams(around the world) avg 900 Million
Now imagine if Americans put as much effort in soccer as we do our domestic sports or like the rest of the world. It's very unlikely the European leagues could match America. Let's be honest if you are a 20 something year old Multi millionaire athlete would you rather live in New York , Los Angele's, Miami, Las Vegas Chicago or Rome, Paris , Berlin, Madrid???
I believe we all know this and might explain the Anti-American sentiment in European soccer.