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World Cup notes: U.S. gains a strong foothold in international soccer
World Cup notes: U.S. gains a strong foothold in international soccer

The unprecedented level of interest this World Cup has earned in the United States has top officials at FIFA, world soccer's governing body, believing the sport may finally be turning the corner in a country where it has had to fight for attention in a crowded sports landscape. "We reached a new level with this World Cup," Jerome Valcke, FIFA's secretary general, said in an interview with The Times. "That's why we have to work with U.S. Soccer and we have to work with all the different parties in the USA to make sure that yes, we develop soccer and soccer becomes stronger." Valcke said several indicators show that soccer is growing in the U.S., from the record TV ratings to the 200,000...

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