It seems Baltimoreans fell in love with the United States women’s national team during its run through the World Cup this past month.

According to Mac Nwulu, a member of ESPN’s public relations team, Baltimore had the highest overnight rating for any U.S. city during Sunday’s title game, when the United States fell to Japan in penalty kicks, 3-1, after ending overtime tied at 2.

Baltimore (12.3) was nearly four points higher than the national overnight rating of 8.6. The rest of the top-five markets were San Diego (11.8), West Palm Beach, Fla. (11.7), Washington (11.5) and Norfolk, Va. (11.1).

It’s interesting to see the game receive such a high rating in Baltimore, as the O's were playing on MASN at the same time.

So which were you watching Sunday: theOrioles' win over the Indians or the U.S. women’s national team’s loss to Japan?

Jakob Engelke, a University of Maryland student, is an intern at The Sun. Our fine interns will contribute guest posts to Baltimore Sports Blitz this summer. Contact Engelke at