watchespn212Another huge U.S. soccer match, another ESPN online streaming record.

There were more than 1.7 million concurrent viewers using WatchESPN during today’s U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match, breaking a previous record that was set during the last U.S. match against Portugal.

The huge amount of viewers caused several connection issues for soccer fans:

ESPN PR representative Katina Arnold tweeted that there were minor issues with the feed at the beginning of the match:

ESPN is streaming all 64 matches at and via the WatchESPN mobile apps (AndroidiOSWindows 8Kindle FireFire TV,ChromecastRokuXbox OneXbox 360). You’ll need a cable subscription that includes ESPN from one of these providers to access the ESPN feeds.

The WatchESPN records signify a pattern of more and more people opting to stream live sporting events. The Super Bowl this year was most-watched live stream of a single sports event in history with an average of 528,000 viewers accessing FOX’s free stream of the game with 1.1 million concurrent viewers at one point.

For those wondering: The U.S. lost to Germany 1-0 today, but still advanced to the knockout round thanks to its performance in the two previous matches. They’ll likely face Belgium on Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT, depending on what happens during today’s other matches.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. to reflect the 1.7 million statistic. 

Related: How to watch the World Cup for free online, without a cable subscription 

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  • Joel Carben

    This is awesome. 1.7m! It ended up crashing for me and I went over to Univision which was solid. Plus the announcers say goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal which is cool.

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