Everton drove the deal to have their FA Cup tie with Fulham shown live on American television tonight.

The Daily Mail says a sign that football in the United States is beginning to have a significant impact comes with Fox Sports broadcasting the Everton v Fulham FA Cup tie live in America on Friday.

The game wasn't considered a big enough attraction to be televised live by UK rights holders ITV and ESPN. Everton did the TV deal direct with Fox, who were drawn by the three USA stars in action - Tim Howard, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.