SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HOST TORONTO FC SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN_Logo“This has to be one of the most hyped-up and most-anticipated early season matches in MLS history.” – John Strong

Seattle-Sporting Kansas City MLS Opener Best Ever on NBCSN following Premier League Lead-In

Seattle vs. Defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City Ranks as NBCSN’s Third-Most Watched MLS Match behind Only 2 Games with London Olympics Lead-Ins

Stamford, Conn. – March 12, 2014 – NBC Sports Network’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features Toronto FC in their season debut against Seattle Sounders FC (1-0-0, 3 pts.) at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following Premier League coverage.

Toronto debuts U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, former Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe, Brazilian National Team goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Brazilian striker Gilberto and 2011 MLS MVP and Canadian National Team player Dwayne De Rosario against Sounders and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey, who come off a 1-0 victory over defending champion Sporting Kansas City in the season opener.

Last week, bolstered by a lead-in and in-telecast promotion from the Chelsea-Tottenham top-tier Premier League match, the MLS season opener between Seattle and Sporting Kansas City on Saturday registered 330,000 viewers, ranking as NBCSN’s best MLS opener, up 208% from the ’13 opener and nearly tripling the 2013 season average MLS on NBCSN audience. Sounders-Sporting was also up 49% from the ’13 MLS opener on ESPN2 (Portland-New York, 3/3/13, 221,000 viewers).

In addition, the Seattle-Sporting Kansas City match is the third most-watched MLS game ever on NBCSN trailing only a pair of primetime matches which had 2012 London Olympics lead-ins (Dallas-Portland, 8/5/12, 405,000 viewers; Los Angeles-Dallas, 7/28/12, 392,000 viewers).

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong will call the match and will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

Strong on Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC: “This has to be one of the most hyped-up and most-anticipated early season matches in MLS history. I’m not sure what more you could ask for in March as two of the biggest stars of the U.S. National Team face-off alongside two highly anticipated debuts by European stars in front of another massive Seattle crowd. We have had this game circled on our calendars for weeks.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sounders v. Toronto will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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SiriusXM and Major League Soccer Team Up to Offer Live Coverage of 2014 Season

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGO

SiriusXM listeners nationwide get “MLS Game of the Week,”

plus extensive coverage of MLS Cup Playoffs

Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC airs Saturday on SiriusXM FC, channel 94

NEW YORK – March 13, 2014 – SiriusXM FC, SiriusXM’s exclusive 24/7 soccer channel, will offer live nationwide radio coverage of the 2014 Major League Soccer season, featuring a live “MLS Game of the Week” broadcast throughout the regular season plus coverage of the MLS Cup Playoffs, it was announced today by SiriusXM and Major League Soccer.

This week’s matchup will feature Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC on Saturday, March 15 with pre-game coverage starting at 4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT on SiriusXM FC (channel 94).  SiriusXM began carrying select MLS games on the service in 2012.  This will be the most extensive schedule aired by the satellite radio provider to date.

SiriusXM’s coverage will include a live broadcast of the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on August 6, featuring the MLS All-Stars hosting German powerhouse and reigning European Champion FC Bayern Munich at Providence Park in Portland, OR.

SiriusXM will also offer extensive coverage of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, including MLS Cup, MLS’ championship game.

“Major League Soccer continues to grow in popularity and we’re excited to expand our coverage to deliver more MLS games than ever before to our listeners across the country,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “Soccer fans are among the most passionate fans in sports and SiriusXM FC offers those fans a level of access to their sport that few other media outlets do.”

In addition to live play-by-play, SiriusXM FC will air MLSsoccer.com’s Extra Time Radio show, covering the world of Major League Soccer and featuring guests from around the soccer scene.

“We have received extremely positive feedback from our fans about our games being on SiriusXM FC,” said Larry Tiscornia, vice president of broadcasting for MLS. “Our fans want to be connected with their Clubs and the League at all times and this is another amazing avenue for that access – from regular season games, the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS Cup Playoffs, MLS Cup and ExtraTime Radio, this partnership helps them enjoy our content throughout the season.”

SiriusXM FC (channel 94) airs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers the most comprehensive soccer coverage available in radio.  In addition to Major League Soccer matches, SiriusXM listeners get live play-by-play from the Barclays Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Complementing the game coverage on the channel is a daily lineup of soccer talk shows hosted by an expert cast of former players, coaches, executives and journalists including John Harkes, Tony Meola, Ray Hudson, Charlie Stillitano, Neil Barnett, Roger Bennett, Michael Davies and entertainer Kevin Flynn.  For more info on SiriusXM FC visit www.SiriusXM.com/FC.  Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMFC.

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NBC Sports Group Kicks Off 2014 MLS Regular-Season Coverage This Saturday At 3 P.M. ET On NBCSN

NBCSN_Logo2014 MLS Season Premiere Features 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC

Stamford, Conn. – March 4, 2014 – NBC Sports Group kicks off the 2014 MLS regular-season with 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 8, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following Premier League coverage. 2013 MLS Cup MVP Aurelien Collin and Sporting Kansas City look to defend their title in the season opener against the Sounders and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins, who has scored 103 professional goals in 316 appearances in some of Europe’s top leagues.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong will call the match and will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler.

Strong on Seattle Sounders FC v. Sporting Kansas City: “This has the potential to be a watershed year for soccer in America, and the hype surrounding the MLS opener from fans and journalists alike is so much fun to be a part of. We couldn’t start the year a better way: with champions Sporting Kansas City facing off with Seattle and the biggest home crowd in the league. And, with four potential U.S. World Cup starters on the field, it’ll be something else.”

For NBC Sports Group’s 2014 MLS schedule, click here.

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sounders v. Sporting will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

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NBCSN To Air Portland-Seattle MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals Thursday At 11 P.M. ET

nbc-mlsTimbers Look to Continue First-Ever Post-Season Run

Stamford, Conn. – November 5, 2013 – NBC Sports Group’s MLS Cup Playoffs coverage continues with the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The top-seeded Western Conference Portland Timbers host the three-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore. The Timbers lead the two-game series after a 2-1 win over the rival Sounders in the first leg of the semifinals. It was the Timbers’ first-ever MLS Cup Playoff game.

The Conference Semifinals are a two-game series with home-and-away games and an aggregate-goal format. The team that scores the most goals in the home-and-away series advances to the Conference Finals.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead soccer play-by-play announcer Arlo White will call Portland-Seattle on Thursday. White will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBCSN’s coverage of Portland v. Seattle coverage will be available via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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ESPN and the MLS Cup Playoffs 2013

mlsTwo-Time Defending Champion LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake Series Begins November 3

The ESPN networks – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN – will combine to air five matches from the MLS Cup Playoffs 2013, beginning Sunday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m. ET – and concluding with the MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 7 – with a live presentation of the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal series between Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy and Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake on ESPN and WatchESPN.  Play-by-play commentator Adrian Healey, analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez will call the match with Alexi Lalas providing studio commentary from site.

ESPN FC, ESPN2’s daily soccer television studio news and information program, will cover the MLS Cup Playoffs including on-site analysis from every ESPN game with Twellman and Lalas.  In addition, former MLS coaches Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner and former players Alejandro Moreno and Kasey Keller will provide analysis throughout the playoffs.  ESPN FC airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at midnight (9 p.m. PT).

The Galaxy are the two-time defending MLS champions, and have the opportunity to make history, as no team has won three straight MLS Cup titles.  Real Salt Lake is making its sixth consecutive playoff appearance, the longest active streak in the league.

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Sun, Nov 3 9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Thu, Nov 7 9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, Nov 10 9 p.m. Western Conference Championship Leg 1 ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, Nov 24 9 p.m. Western Conference Championship Leg 2 ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sat, Dec 7 4 p.m. MLS Cup ESPN, WatchESPN

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NBC Sports Group To Air Three MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal Matches This Weekend

nbc-mlsNBCSN to Air Doubleheader Saturday Featuring New England Revolution v. Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m. ET, Followed by  Seattle or Colorado v. Portland at 10 p.m. ET

NBC to Air Eastern Conference Semifinal Game Sunday as the New York Red Bulls Face Houston or Montreal at 3:30 p.m. ET

Stamford, Conn. – October 30, 2013 – NBC Sports Group presents three MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal matches this weekend. Conference Semifinals coverage begins Saturday on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET as the New England Revolution host Sporting Kansas City in the first game of a two-game series, followed by the Portland Timbers traveling to face the winner of the Western Conference Knockout Round (Seattle Sounders FC or Colorado Rapids) at 10 p.m. ET. Coverage continues on NBC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET when the New York Red Bulls take on the winner of the Eastern Conference Knockout Round (Houston Dynamo or Montreal Impact).

The Conference Semifinals are a two-game series with home-and-away games and an aggregate-goal format. The team that scores the most goals in the home-and-away series advances to the Conference Finals.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead soccer play-by-play announcer Arlo White will call NBCSN’s second match on Saturday and NBC’s match on Sunday. White will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler.

For the New England Revolution-Sporting Kansas City match, NBCSN will simulcast the local feed from ComcastSportsNet New England, an NBC Sports Regional Network. The Revolution-Sporting KC game is subject to local blackouts.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MLS CUP PLAYOFF COVERAGE THIS WEEK:

Date Time (ET) Home v. Away Network
Wed., Oct. 30 10:30 p.m. Seattle v. Colorado NBCSN
Thurs., Oct. 31 8:30 p.m. Houston v. Montreal NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 2 8 p.m. New England v. Kansas City NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 2 10 p.m. Seattle OR Colorado v. Portland NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 3 3:30 p.m. Houston OR Montreal v. New York NBC

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBCSN’s coverage of Seattle or Colorado v. Portland and NBC’s coverage of Houston or Montreal v. New York. NBCSN coverage will be available via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra. NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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SiriusXM to Offer Extensive Coverage of Major League Soccer Playoffs

siriusxmListeners nationwide get live play-by-play on SiriusXM FC, channel 94

NEW YORK – October 24, 2013 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) will offer subscribers nationwide extensive coverage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Playoffs, it was announced today by SiriusXM and Major League Soccer.

Starting with the opening round games on October 30 and 31, and through the MLS Cup title game on December 7, soccer fans will have access to live play-by-play of matches on SiriusXM’s dedicated soccer channel, SiriusXM FC (channel 94).  For the schedule of the MLS Playoff games airing on SiriusXM visit www.siriusxm.com/fc after the regular season concludes.

In addition to live play-by-play, SiriusXM FC will air MLSsoccer.com’s Extra Time Radio show, covering the world of Major League Soccer and featuring guests from around the soccer scene with hosts Greg Lalas and Nick Firchau.

SiriusXM FC offers listeners a mix of soccer talk and play-by-play 365 days a year.  In addition to Major League Soccer matches, the channel also carries play-by-play from the Barclays Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and the UEFA Europa League.   Listeners also get a daily lineup of soccer talk shows hosted by an expert cast of former players, coaches, executives and journalists from the U.S. and Europe.

For more info on SiriusXM FC visit www.siriusxm.com/FC. Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMFC.

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NBCSN Presents Matchup Of Top Two MLS Western Conference Clubs Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle & New Episode Of MLS Insider Friday

nbc-mlsThis Weekend’s MLS Coverage Begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET with MLS Insider Featuring Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso

Coverage Continues at 10 p.m. ET with Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle

Stamford, Conn. – September 12, 2013 – NBCSN presents Major League Soccer coverage this Friday, Sept. 13, with a new episode of MLS Insider at 7:30 p.m. ET and a Western Conference match between two playoff bound teams Real Salt Lake (14-8-6, 48 pts.) and the Seattle Sounders FC (14-8-4, 46 pts.) at 10 p.m. ET.

Seattle Sounders, No. 2 in the Western Conference, travel to Utah with a four-match winning streak as they look for a victory to overtake Real Salt Lake in the standings. Real Salt Lake looks to sweep the season series with a third win against the Sounders, who have only one loss in their last eight games.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s MLS lead play-by-play announcer John Strong alongside analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler will call Real Salt Lake-Seattle on Friday from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

MLS INSIDER: This week’s episode of MLS Insider features Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and his bold move to the United States from Cuba as well as an in-depth look at Real Salt Lake’s quest for the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League title.

Produced by Hock Films, which is led by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock, MLS Insider includes in-depth features, rich storytelling and behind-the scenes access.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream coverage of Real Salt Lake-Seattle via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBCSN Presents Six Hours Of MLS Coverage This Weekend

nbc-mlsNew Episode of MLS Insider Includes Emotional Story of New England Revolution Goalkeeper Matt Reis on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake on Friday at 10 p.m. ET

New Episode of MLS 36 Featuring Red Bulls Midfielder Dax McCarty on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET

New York Red Bulls Face Rival D.C. United on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 28, 2013 – NBCSN presents six hours of MLS coverage, beginning on Friday evening with a new episode of MLS Insider. This Friday’s show features the emotional story of New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis and his family’s experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will be followed by the Western Conference match between two playoff-bound clubs, Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake, at 10 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with a new MLS 36 featuring New York Red Bulls’ midfielder Dax McCarty and the New York Red Bulls hosting rivals D.C. United at 8 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s MLS Coverage This Weekend:

Fri., Aug. 30 7:30 p.m. MLS Insider
10 p.m. Portland-Real Salt Lake
Sat., Aug. 31 7:30 p.m. MLS 36: Dax McCarty
8 p.m. D.C.-New York

COMMENTATORS: Play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera alongside analyst Brian Dunseth, and ‘Between-the-Benches’  reporter Sebastian Salazar will call the Portland Timbers-Real Salt Lake match on Friday from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer John Strong will be joined by analyst Robbie Mustoe and host Russ Thaler for D.C. United-New York Red Bulls on Saturday from Red Bulls Stadium in Harrison, N.J.

John Strong on D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls: “When two big rivals like this meet, it’s really all you need to say. In addition, as tight as both conferences are, we’re getting to a stage in the MLS season where every game is huge. New York has the stars to be one of the MLS Cup favorites, but they have to prove it against a DC team whose youth movement has changed the mentality for [D.C. United coach] Ben Olson’s side. It should be a great game.”

MLS INSIDER: This week’s episode of MLS Insider highlights New England Revolution goalkeeper and four-time MLS All-Star Matt Reis and his heroic actions at the 2013 Boston Marathon that saved the life of John Odom, his father-in-law.

In addition, the 60-minute episode takes a closer look at San Jose Earthquakes players Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon, commonly known as “The Bash Brothers” for their controversial, physical play. Plus, 30 Rock star, comedian and “World Champion” Judah Friedlander hosts the segment “MLS Storytime Theatre” and the best and worst moments of the MLS season so far.

Produced by Hock Films, which is led by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock, MLS Insider includes in-depth features, rich storytelling and behind-the scenes access.

MLS 36: Red Bulls’ midfielder and former U.S. Men’s National Team player Dax McCarty will be featured in the latest episode of MLS 36, airing Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s original, behind-the-scenes 36 Series gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of world-class athletes. For each episode, cameras will follow a soccer player for 36 hours, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their on- and off-field activities. MLS 36 is produced by 441 Productions.

The all-access 36 series also includes NHL 36, Fight Night 36, F1 36, and IndyCar 36.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream coverage of Portland-Real Salt Lake and D.C. United-New York via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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New Episode Of “MLS Insider” Debuts On Friday At 7:30 P.M. ET On NBCSN

nbc-mlsChicago Fire Hosts Sporting Kansas City Live Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 21, 2013 – NBCSN premieres a new episode of MLS Insider this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET followed by Chicago Fire hosting Sporting Kansas City at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The 8th episode of MLS Insider includes a look back at the 2010 friendly match in which the then-Kansas City Wizards defeated the Premier League’s Manchester United, 2-1; a profile of Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri; and a look at the impact of MLS players on the U.S. Men’s National Team. Produced by Hock Films, which is led by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock, MLS Insider includes in-depth features, rich storytelling and behind-the scenes access..

Live coverage of Chicago Fire (9-10-4, 31 points) vs. Sporting Kansas City (11-8-6, 39 points) kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the third and final match between the two squads this season. Sporting Kansas City currently sits at first place in the Eastern Conference, while Chicago looks to move into playoff contention with a win.

NBC Sports Group’s MLS team of play-by-play announcer John Strong, analyst Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler will call the action from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream coverage of Chicago-Kansas City via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

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