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Howard, Dempsey Lead USMNT Players In Gains During World Cup On Twitter, Instagram

The widespread influence of the U.S. men’s national team at the FIFA World Cup was reinforced by the boost in popularity for each player on social media. Every member of the team active on social media saw at least 100,000 new followers combined between Instagram and Twitter over the last three weeks. The average Twitter gain per player was over 169,000 while the average Instagram gain was over 29,600. U.S. G Tim Howard saw the biggest gain with over 600,000 new followers combined on the two platforms after his play inspired the internet meme of “#ThingsTimHowardCouldSave.” The next most popular player was the team’s leading scorer, F Clint Dempsey, with over 483,000 new followers. Dempsey’s  981,000 followers make him the most-popular active U.S. player on social media now that the team’s run is over, passing the pre-World Cup leader, injured F Jozy Altidore. The young goal-scoring members of the U.S. squad, D John Brooks and MF Julian Green, each gained over 225,000 new followers. Numbers were compiled on June 10 and July 2.

U.S. PLAYER
TWITTER
(6/10)
INSTAGRAM
(6/10)
TOTAL
(6/10)
TWITTER
(7/2)
INSTAGRAM
(7/2)
TOTAL
(72)
ADDS
Tim
Howard
68,975
73,415
142,390
535,386
212,677
748,063
605,673
Clint
Dempsey
356,423
142,401
498,824
683,465
298,466
981,931
483,107
Julian
Green
20,897
1,504
22,401
234,013
21,524
255,537
233,136
John
Brooks
18,020
4,939
22,959
228,716
22,987
251,703
228,744
Fabian
Johnson
24,127
12,261
36,388
229,609
32,862
262,471
226,083
DeAndre
Yedlin
32,283
10,740
43,023
230,864
33,206
264,070
221,047
Jermaine
Jones
195,901
23,548
219,449
382,299
54,871
437,170
217,721
Mix
Diskerud
39,852
15,532
55,384
228,000
22,735
250,735
195,351
Jozy
Altidore
649,327
126,882
776,209
814,441
149,048
963,489
187,280
Kyle
Beckerman
52,452
22,812
75,264
199,401
49,675
249,076
173,812
Aron
Johannsson
33,883
10,501
44,384
163,606
27,700
191,306
146,922
Graham
Zusi
41,862
14,229
56,091
164,217
34,811
199,028
142,937
DaMarcus
Beasley
109,955
19,469
129,424
228,324
35,958
264,282
134,858
Geoff
Cameron
54,788
21,043
75,831
165,882
33,931
199,813
123,982
Matt
Besler
35,016
11,103
46,119
150,561
19,048
169,609
123,490
Chris
Wondolowski
35,652
0
35,652
157,088
0
157,088
121,436
Brad
Davis
32,624
4,103
36,727
145,721
11,403
157,124
120,397
Alejandro
Bedoya
73,649
16,253
89,902
179,761
30,048
209,809
119,907
Omar
Gonzalez
41,760
17,734
59,494
150,061
26,082
176,143
116,649
Nick
Rimando
42,274
17,451
59,725
142,516
24,917
167,433
107,708
Brad
Guzan
92,692
10,982
103,674
188,359
18,567
206,926
103,252
Michael
Bradley
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Timothy
Chandler
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
NOTE: * = Michael Bradley only has a private Instagram account with 146 followers.
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