NBC Sports Group To Present MLS Breakaway This Saturday At 9 P.M. ET on NBC Sports Network

nbc-mlsMLS Breakaway Features Live Look-Ins to Five Games

Kansas City vs. New York on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET

New MLS 36 Featuring Diego Fagundez at 6 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 1, 2013 – NBC Sports Group presents the second edition of MLS Breakaway this Saturday, August 3, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Saturday’s live soccer coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Sporting Kansas City-New York Red Bulls match, followed by the unique NBC Sports Group presentation MLS Breakaway (9-10:30 p.m. ET), a special 90-minute “whip-around” show featuring multiple live look-ins to regional broadcasts of five games being played at that time.

In addition, NBC Sports Network will air a new MLS 36 at 6 p.m. ET featuring 18-year old New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez, the Revolution’s first-ever homegrown player.

COMMENTATORS: Announcer Steve Cangialosi will handle play-by-play for Kansas City-New York alongside analyst Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler from Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play voice John Strong and analysts Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will host MLS Breakaway coverage from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

Full schedule of NBC Sports Network’s soccer coverage on Sat., August 3 (all times ET):

Game Home Away Start Time
MLS 36: Diego Fagundez 6 p.m.
Game 1 Sporting Kansas City New York Red Bulls 6:30 p.m.
Game 2* D.C. United Montreal Impact 7:30 p.m.
Game 3* Philadelphia Union Chicago Fire 8 p.m.
Game 4* Colorado Rapids Real Salt Lake 8:30 p.m.
Game 5* Houston Dynamo Columbus Crew 9 p.m.
Game 6* San Jose Earthquakes Chivas USA 10 p.m.

*MLS Breakaway

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live stream NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Kansas City-New York and MLS Breakaway. Coverage will be streamed 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.

Coverage airing on NBC Sports Network and CNBC 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.” “TV Everywhere” is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:  http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/06/06/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

About MLS 36: 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.

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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be 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.

–NBC Sports Group–

John Strong Makes NBC Sports Network Debut As Lead MLS Play-By-Play Voice This Saturday

nbc-sports-networkRobbie Earle Debuts as MLS Analyst alongside Strong

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team vs. Guatemala Friday on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 2, 2013 – John Strong makes his NBC Sports Network debut as lead MLS play-by-play voice this Saturday calling the Seattle Sounders versus the Vancouver Whitecaps match alongside MLS and Premier League analyst Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler. In addition, NBC Sports Network will air the U.S. Men’s National Team match versus Guatemala as the U.S. team prepares for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

NBC Sports Network’s soccer coverage this weekend (all times ET):

Date Time Coverage
Fri., July 5 11 p.m. U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Sat., July 6 11 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Groups’ lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White will call the U.S. vs. Guatemala action and will be joined by analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.

Strong, Earle and Thaler will call Vancouver-Seattle from BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Strong, formerly the lead voice for MLS’ Portland Timbers makes his debut as NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer. Earle, a former Jamaican Men’s National Team member and professional soccer player in the U.K., serves as both MLS game analyst and Premier League studio analyst.

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s soccer announcers, click here.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC Sports Network’s live coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team match and MLS coverage including Vancouver-Seattle. Coverage will be streamed 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. In addition, off-broadcast coverage of AMA Motocross will be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

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 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.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:  http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/06/06/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be 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.

–NBC Sports Group–

NBC Sports Group Names John Strong Lead Voice For MLS

NBC-sports-groupPremier League Studio Analysts Robbie Earle & Robbie Mustoe to Also Call MLS Matches

MLS Analyst Kyle Martino Joins NBC Sports Group’s Premier League Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2013 — NBC Sports Group has named John Strong, formerly the lead voice for MLS’ Portland Timbers, as the lead play-by-play voice for its Major League Soccer telecasts, beginning in July.

NBC Sports Group is also expanding the roles of three soccer analysts:

  • Premier League studio analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will also contribute to NBC Sports Group’s MLS coverage as game analysts beginning in July.
  • In addition to MLS, analyst Kyle Martino will join NBC Sports Group’s Premier League studio coverage working alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe.

“With the addition of John Strong to our team, we have the best American voice in soccer leading our MLS broadcasts,” said Pierre Moossa, Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports Group. “By expanding the roles of Kyle, Robbie, and Robbie, our expert commentators will be able to share their knowledge across all of our soccer coverage.”

Strong will call MLS games alongside Martino with host Russ Thaler beginning Saturday, July 6, at 11 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the Vancouver Whitecaps-Seattle Sounders Western Conference matchup.

“I’m thrilled to join NBC Sports Group’s MLS team,” said Strong. “To be a national voice of Major League Soccer has been my dream job for a long while. To do it with the iconic NBC Sports brand makes it perfect. My first game can’t come soon enough!”

ROBBIE EARLE – PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO ANALYST & MLS GAME ANALYST: Earle played professionally in the U.K. for two decades and scored the first-ever World Cup goal for the Jamaican Men’s National Team. Previously, he served as a commentator for BBC, ITV, Sky, the Portland Timbers and ESPN.

ROBBIE MUSTOE – PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO ANALYST & MLS GAME ANALYST: A former midfielder, Mustoe played in two FA Cup finals and one League Cup final in eight professional seasons. He joined NBC Sports Group after five years as a studio and game analyst for ESPN.

KYLE MARTINO – MLS LEAD GAME ANALYST & PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO ANALYST: Martino, a former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder who played eight seasons in MLS, will rotate with analysts Earle and Mustoe alongside host Rebecca Lowe in NBC Sports Group’s Premier League studio at the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Martino joined NBC Sports Group in 2012 as lead MLS game analyst and served as a men’s soccer analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He previously served as an analyst for ESPN, FOX Soccer and the MLS’ Philadelphia Union.

ARLO WHITE – PREMIER LEAGUE & MLS PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER: White, NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer for its Premier League coverage, will continue to work on select MLS regular season and postseason games.

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s Premier League announcers, please click here.

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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well 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 http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

NBC Sports Network’s MLS Coverage Continues This Weekend With The Chicago Fire At The Montreal Impact

nbc-mlsEastern Conference Match Begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET

NEW YORK – April 24, 2013 – NBC Sports Network’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features the Montreal Impact (4-1-1, 13 pts.) hosting the Chicago Fire (2-4-1, 7 pts.) on Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. ET.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s MLS announce team of Arlo White (play-by-play) and Kyle Martino (‘Between-the-Benches’) and Russ Thaler (analyst) will host coverage from Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK (subject to change):

Date Home Away Time (ET)
Sat., April 27 Chicago Montreal 4 p.m.
Sat., May 4 Columbus New York 4 p.m.
Sat., May 11 Chicago Philadelphia 1:30 p.m.
Sat., May 26 Kansas City Houston 3:30 p.m.


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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well 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.

 

–NBC Sports Group–

NBC Sports Network’s MLS Coverage Continues With Columbus Crew At D.C. United This Saturday At 3:30 P.M. ET

nbc-mls“D.C. United has turned grand, old RFK Stadium into a fortress.” – Arlo White

“It is once again a rocking atmosphere that both teams will hope to survive.” – Kyle Martino

NEW YORK – March 20, 2013 – NBC Sports Network continues its MLS coverage this weekend with an Eastern Conference matchup when D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s MLS announce team of Arlo White (play-by-play), Kyle Martino (‘Between-the-Benches’) and Russ Thaler (analyst) will host coverage from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.

WHITE AND MARTINO BREAK DOWN THE MATCHUP:

WHITE: “D.C. United has turned grand, old RFK Stadium into a fortress over the last year. They are unbeaten in 17 regular-season games, and the fans are pouring back to watch Ben Olsen’s men in action. Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius and Nick DeLeon present a massive threat in attack, and in Bill Hamid, D.C. may be nurturing the next great American goalkeeper.

“But Columbus has enjoyed a solid start to 2013 and in Frederico Higuain, they have a forward who is capable of thrilling moments and spectacular goals.”

MARTINO: “D.C. woke up a dormant fan base with their playoff run last year. It is once again a rocking atmosphere that both teams will hope to survive, though it’s not the ideal venue for a Columbus team seeking momentum.”

UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK (subject to change):

Date Home Away Time (ET)
Sat., March 23 D.C. Columbus 3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 30 New York Philadelphia 3:30 p.m.
Sat., April 6 Columbus Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 13 Dallas Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 14 Portland San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Sat., April 20 Los Angeles Kansas City 10:30 p.m.

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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well 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.

 

–NBC Sports Group–

NBC Sports Group To Present 10 Consecutive Hours Of Major League Soccer On MLS Rivalry Saturday

nbc-mlsCoverage of Seven Live Games, Including Three Complete Games and Four Live Look-ins on MLS Breakaway Highlight Coverage this Saturday, March 16 on NBC and NBC Sports Network Beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET

Rivalries Include: D.C. United at N.Y. Red Bulls, Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders

MLS Breakaway “Whip-Around” Show Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET Hosted by Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

NEW YORK – Mar. 13, 2013 – NBC and NBC Sports Network will present unprecedented wall-to-wall Major League Soccer coverage with 10 consecutive live hours of seven games this Saturday, March 16 beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Every MLS game played on Saturday will be covered, including three live games – one on NBC and two on NBC Sports Network. A special two-and-a-half hour studio “whip-around” show, MLS Breakaway (5:30-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN) will cover all four games being played at that time. It is hosted by NBC’s MLS broadcast team of Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler – who will also call the N.Y. Red Bulls-DC United game earlier in the day from NBC Sports Group’s new International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

Coverage on Saturday begins on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET with a playoff rematch as the New York Red Bulls host D.C. United, from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Coverage continues on NBC Sports Network with two more games: Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire at 3 p.m. ET, and a Cascadia Cup matchup as the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers at 8 p.m. ET.

FROM HARRISON, N.J. TO STAMFORD CONN.: NBC Sports Group’s MLS announce team of White (play-by-play) and Martino (“Between-the-Benches” analyst) and Thaler (host) will call the Red Bulls-DC United game on NBC from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and, immediately after the game ends, will travel to the new NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., to host MLS Breakaway, a “whip-around” studio show showcasing coverage of the rest of Saturday’s MLS games (Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids).

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City will be called by the team of JP Dellacamera (play-by-play), Robbie Earl (“Between the Benches” analyst) and Rob Carlin (host). John Strong (play-by-play), Brian Dunseth (“Between the Benches” analyst) and Jim Kozimor (host) will be at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to call the Sounders vs. Portland game.

“Our goal is to be the destination for soccer fans, and MLS Rivalry Saturday provides a perfect vehicle for them to enjoy the games they love,” said Pierre Moossa, Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports Group’s soccer coverage. “During MLS Breakaway, Arlo, Kyle and Russ will guide viewers through all the exciting soccer action and provide a balance between all four games.”

WHITE ON MLS BREAKAWAY: “Saturday is going to be a high-octane, adrenalin-fuelled day, which Kyle, Russ and I are very excited about. This type of show has never been done before in U.S. Soccer, so we are stepping into the unknown. But with a talented editorial team behind us, we can’t wait to provide some compelling television. It’s going to be an energetic show, containing all the best action from these key rivalry battles in MLS. The rest is up to the teams. Hopefully, they’ll provide some great goals and storylines to keep everyone entertained.”

Full Coverage of NBC Sports Group’s Rivalry Saturday Coverage (All Times ET):

Game Away Home Start Time Network
Game 1 D.C. New York 12:30 p.m. NBC
Game 2 Chicago Kansas City 3 p.m. NBCSN
Game 3 Toronto Montreal 4 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 4 New England Philadelphia 5 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 5 San Jose Columbus 5:30 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 6 Colorado Salt Lake 6 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 7 Portland Seattle 8 p.m. NBCSN

*MLS Breakaway “Whip-Around” Coverage

NOTE: Due to WNBC’s commitment to cover the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, coverage of D.C. United at New York Red Bulls can be seen in the New York DMA on NBC Sports Network and Cozi TV, a new national network developed by the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal. The D.C. United-New York Red Bulls game is also available live across the country on NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platform.

To Find Cozy-TV click here: http://www.cozitv.com/get-cozi-tv/

To Find NBC Sports Network click here: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/ and use the channel finder.

For the full NBC Sports Group 2013 MLS Schedule visit www.NBCSports.com.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

The 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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well 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.

–NBC Sports Group–

NBC Sports Group Kicks-Off 2013 MLS Season This Saturday With D.C. United At Houston Dynamo

nbc-mls41 Regular-Season Games this Season; 38 on NBC Sports Network and 3 on NBC

NBC Sports Network Coverage Starts at 8 p.m. ET

“What better way to kick off another MLS season than with two dynasties like D.C. and Houston. This will be fun.” – Kyle Martino

“D.C. definitely have a score to settle at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.” – Arlo White

Wall-to-Wall Soccer Coverage DuringRivalry Weekend” on Saturday, March 16, with Two Games on NBC Sports Network, One on NBC, and Studio Coverage of that Day’s Entire Schedule of MLS Games

NEW YORK – Feb., 27, 2013 –The NBC Sports Group begins its second season of MLS coverage with a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship when D.C. United faces off against Houston Dynamo this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. D.C. United will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to square off against the Dynamo who is currently riding a 25-game regular-season home unbeaten streak.

Additionally, D.C. captain Dwayne De Rosario will return to Houston after missing United’s 3-1 Conference Final (first leg) loss due to injury last season. A two time MLS Cup champion with Houston (2006, 2007), De Rosario and D.C. hope to stop Houston’s dynamic attack led by veteran Brad Davis.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s broadcast team of Arlo White (@arlowhite, play-by-play), and Kyle Martino (@kylemartino, “Between the Benches” analyst) will call the game from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments live from the game site, with contributions from White and Martino.

WHITE ON THE SEASON OPENER: “We kick off 2013 on NBC Sports Network with the same exciting match-up that ended our 2012 coverage in the Eastern Conference Final. In November, Houston’s quality and experience was too much in for an exciting but tiring D.C. United. Ben Olsen’s team is brimming with youthful attacking talent like Chris Pontius and Nick DeLeon, but can also call upon the experience and quality of Dwayne De Rosario and new signing Carlos Ruiz. Will Bruin has taken over the goal scoring mantle from Houston club legend Brian Ching, and in Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia and Ricardo Clark they have a hard working and very creative midfield.”

RIVALRY WEEKEND: NBC and NBC Sports Network will present unprecedented wall-to-wall coverage on during “Rivalry Weekend” on Saturday, March 16, during which the networks will cover all MLS games that day.

NBC begins the day with the New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United at 12:30 p.m. ET, from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. NBC Sports Network will air two more games that day, beginning with Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire at 3 p.m. ET, and the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers later that night.

After calling the New York Red Bulls-D.C. United match, NBC Sports Group’s MLS announce team of White (play-by-play) and Martino (“Between-the-Benches” analyst) and Thaler (host), will travel to the new NBC Sports Group studios in Stamford, Conn., to host a studio “whip around” showcasing coverage of the rest of that day’s MLS games.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2013 MLS SCHEDULE:

Date Away Home Times ET Network

Sat. Mar. 2 D.C. United Houston 8 PM NBCSN

Sun. Mar. 9 New England Chicago 7:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 16 D.C. United New York 12:30 PM NBC

Sat. Mar. 16 Chicago Kansas City 3 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 16 Portland Seattle TBD NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 23 Columbus D.C. United 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 30 Philadelphia New York 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 6 Real Salt Lake Colorado 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 13 LA Galaxy Dallas 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. Apr. 14 San Jose Portland 10:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 20 Kansas City LA Galaxy 10:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 27 Chicago Montreal 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. May 4 New York Columbus 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. May 11 Philadelphia Chicago 1:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. May 26 Houston Kansas City 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. June 2 LA Galaxy New England 4 PM NBCSN

Sun. June 23 Colorado Portland 7 PM NBCSN

Sat. June 29 Dallas Philadelphia 5:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 6 Seattle Vancouver 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 13 LA Galaxy Portland 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 20 Colorado Seattle 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 27 Chicago Houston 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 3 New York Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 10 D.C. United Philadelphia 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 17 Philadelphia New York 8 PM NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 23 Kansas City Chicago 8:30 PM NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 30 Portland Real Salt Lake 10 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 31 D.C. United New York 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 7 Chicago Seattle 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 13 Real Salt Lake Seattle 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 20 Colorado Portland 10 PM NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 21 Seattle LA Galaxy 10:30 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 27 Philadelphia Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sun. Sept. 29 LA Galaxy Portland 3:30 PM NBC

Fri. Oct. 4 Chicago D.C. United 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 5 Seattle Colorado 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Oct. 18 D.C. United Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 19 Seattle Dallas 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 26 Kansas City Philadelphia 3 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 26 Dallas San Jose 5:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. Oct. 27 Houston D.C. United 1:30 PM NBC

All games on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of on-site pre-game and post-game coverage.

For the full NBC Sports Group 2013 MLS Schedule visit www.NBCSports.com.

Along with already-established MLS partnerships with five NBC Sports Regional Networks (California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Philadelphia), the league will have coverage across the NBC Sports Group’s unique four-tier portfolio of assets: broadcast network, national cable, regional sports networks and digital. This includes ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com, a blog featuring articles from respected soccer journalist Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90). Davis, who has covered Major League Soccer, since its inception in 1996 contributes regular posts and provides video reports to NBCSports.com.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

The 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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well 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.

–NBC Sports Group–

ESPN’s 2013 Major League Soccer Schedule

espn-3d-logoEight Matches in 3D – A First for Major League Soccer; 18 of 20 Regular-Season Telecasts on Sundays
 
The 18th season of Major League Soccer on ESPN will begin Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN2, ESPN 3D and ESPN Deportes with live telecast of the Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls match from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.  The inter-conference matchup will kick off a series of 20 regular-season matches, 18 of which will be televised on a Sunday, making it the most consistent programming schedule for Major League Soccer on ESPN.  ESPN Deportes Radio will also broadcast all matches on ESPN television networks.
Eight of the 20 Major League Soccer matches will be seen on ESPN 3D, the world’s first 24/7 all-sports 3D channel (seven live), marking the first time matches featuring teams in the top professional soccer league in the United States will be shown in 3D.
Commentators:
Play-by-play commentators Adrian Healey, analysts Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas (studio), and reporter Mónica González will handle English-language commentaries.  Richard Mendez and former New York/New Jersey MetroStars (New York Red Bulls) striker Giovanni Savarese return to call the matches in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. ESPN Deportes Radio broadcasts will feature Kenneth Garay, Elmer Polanco and Diego Cora in the booth.
Highlights of 2013 MLS season:
  • All 19 (12 on ESPN2 and seven on ESPN) regular-season matches will be available in high definition, available on WatchESPN, and carried on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio;
  • ESPN2 will televise an additional match (TBD), bringing the total number of matches to 20;
  • Top three teams by appearances: New York Red Bulls featuring 1998 FIFA World World Cup winner Thierry Henry (seven), back-to-back MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy with U.S. National Team star Landon Donovan and Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane (six), and U.S. Men’s National Team star Eddie Johnson and the Seattle Sounders (five);
  • ESPN will televise the only regular-season meeting between the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday, May 19, live from the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.;
  • Six matchups will feature regional rivals – New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in the East; Houston vs. Dallas in Texas; Los Angeles vs. San Jose in California; and Seattle vs. Portland in the Northwest;
  • The 2013 MLS on ESPN series will include a number of international matches featuring MLS clubs, the MLS All-Star Game, several MLS Cup Playoffs matches and the 2013 MLS Cup (schedule TBD).
 
ESPN’s 2013 MLS Schedule
(Schedule Subject to Change)
Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Sun, Mar 3 7:30 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN 3D/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun,  Mar 10 10 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN 3D/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes*
Sun, Mar 17 1 p.m. FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo ESPN 3D**/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Apr 7 5 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN 3D/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Apr 21 5 p.m. DC United vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN 3D/ ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 5 11 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo ESPN 3D/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 19 1:15 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN 3D/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 26 11 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN 3D/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Jun 15 5 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Jun 23 5 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Jun 30 2 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Jul 7 3 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 11 8 p.m. FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN Deportes*
Sun, Aug 25 10 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers ESPN2/ESPN Deportes*
Sun, Sep 8 11 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 29 9 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 13 9 p.m. Portland Timber vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 20 9 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 27 9 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN/ESPN Deportes
* Match will air on delay on ESPN Deportes
** Match will air on delay on ESPN 3D
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NBC Sports Group Announces MLS Coverage Plans For The 2013 Regular Season

nbc-mls41 Regular-Season Games; 38 on NBC Sports Network and 3 on NBC

Coverage Kicks-off Season on March 2 with Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

Wall-to-Wall Soccer Coverage DuringRivalry Weekend” on Saturday, March 16, with Two Games on NBC Sports Network, One on NBC and Studio Coverage of that Day’s Entire Schedule of MLS Games

6 Games Featuring Defending MLS Champion LA Galaxy

NEW YORK – January 9, 2013 –NBC Sports Group, in the second season of its partnership with Major League Soccer, will air 41 regular season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network in the 2013 season. Three MLS regular-season games will air on NBC, with 38 on NBC Sports Network, beginning with a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship between the Houston Dynamo and D.C. United on Saturday, March 2 – the first nationally televised game of the 2013 season.

Highlights of NBC Sports Group’s 2013 MLS Season:

  • The first nationally televised MLS match of the season Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.
  • “Rivalry Weekend” – Unprecedented wall-to-wall coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network during “Rivalry Weekend” on Saturday, March 16, during which the networks will cover all MLS games that day.

NBC begins the day with the New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United at 12:30 p.m. ET, from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. NBC Sports Network will air two more games that day, beginning with Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire at 3 p.m. ET, and the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers later that night.

After calling the New York Red Bulls-D.C. United match, NBC Sports Group’s MLS announce team of Arlo White (play-by-play) and Kyle Martino (“Between-the-Benches” analyst) and Russ Thaler (host), will travel to the new NBC Sports Group studios in Stamford, Conn., to host a studio “whip around” showcasing coverage of the rest of that day’s MLS games.

  • Three nationally televised games on NBC: New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United on Mar. 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET, LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers on Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET, and Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United on Sun., Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
  • Six games featuring MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy, including Sun., September 29, on NBC at Portland.
  • All new episodes of MLS 36, the original series that follows a player for 36 hours prior to game time.

Ratings Success:

NBC Sports Group, in its first season in partnership with Major League Soccer, experienced tremendous growth among viewers and across key male demos. For the 2012 MLS season, NBC Sports Group presented 41 regular season games – three on NBC and 38 on NBC Sports Network. Viewership was up 122% over the 2011 regular season of Fox Soccer Channel (151,000 vs. 68,000). Viewership was also up among male demos Men 18-34 by 63% and Men 18-49 by 50%.

  • The 2012 MLS season on NBC Sports Network (38 games) was up 79% compared to the similar schedule in 2011 (122,000 vs. 68,000). Additionally, NBC Sports Network saw a rise in the key male demographics. Viewership was up 47% among Men 18-34 and up 29% among Men 18-49.
  • In all, NBC Sports Group’s MLS coverage reached more than 13.2 million total viewers during the 2012 Season, nearly five times Fox Soccer’s total audience for the 2011 season (2.7 million).

NBC SPORTS GROUP 2013 MLS SCHEDULE:

Date Away Home Times ET Network

Sat. Mar. 2 D.C. United Houston 8 PM NBCSN

Sun. Mar. 9 New England Chicago 7:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 16 D.C. United New York 12:30 PM NBC

Sat. Mar. 16 Chicago Kansas City 3 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 16 Portland Seattle TBD NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 23 Columbus D.C. United 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 30 Philadelphia New York 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 6 Real Salt Lake Colorado 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 13 LA Galaxy Dallas 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. Apr. 14 San Jose Portland 10:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 20 Kansas City LA Galaxy 10:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 27 Chicago Montreal 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. May 4 New York Columbus 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. May 11 Philadelphia Chicago 1:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. May 26 Houston Kansas City 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. June 2 LA Galaxy New England 4 PM NBCSN

Sun. June 23 Colorado Portland 7 PM NBCSN

Sat. June 29 Dallas Philadelphia 5:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 6 Seattle Vancouver 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 13 LA Galaxy Portland 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 20 Colorado Seattle 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 27 Chicago Houston 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 3 New York Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 10 D.C. United Philadelphia 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 17 Philadelphia New York 8 PM NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 23 Kansas City Chicago 8:30 PM NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 30 Portland Real Salt Lake 10 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 31 D.C. United New York 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 7 Chicago Seattle 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 13 Real Salt Lake Seattle 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 20 Colorado Portland 10 PM NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 21 Seattle LA Galaxy 10:30 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 27 Philadelphia Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sun. Sept. 29 LA Galaxy Portland 3:30 PM NBC

Fri. Oct. 4 Chicago D.C. United 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 5 Seattle Colorado 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Oct. 18 D.C. United Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 19 Seattle Dallas 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 26 Kansas City Philadelphia 3 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 26 Dallas San Jose 5:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. Oct. 27 Houston D.C. United 1:30 PM NBC

All games on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of on-site pre-game and post-game coverage.

Along with already-established MLS partnerships with five NBC Sports Regional Networks (California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Philadelphia), the league will have coverage across the NBC Sports Group’s unique four-tier portfolio of assets: broadcast network, national cable, regional sports networks and digital. This includes ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com, a blog featuring articles from respected soccer journalist Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90). Davis, who has covered Major League Soccer, since its inception in 1996 contributes regular posts and provides video reports to NBCSports.com.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

The 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, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well 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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MLS Cup 2012 on ESPN HD and WatchESPN

Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET
David Beckham’s Last Competitive Match with Los Angeles Galaxy; SportsCenter Conversation with Beckham
 
ESPN’s 17th season of televising Major League Soccer action will conclude with the live presentation of MLS Cup 2012 featuring three of the league’s best known stars – David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane – leading the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, led by Brad Davis, on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m. ET, from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  The match will also be available on WatchESPN.
MLS Cup will be David Beckham’s last competitive match with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  The former England National Team captain joined MLS and the Galaxy in July 2007.  He will try to go out on top for the third time after leading Manchester United and Real Madrid FC to league titles in his final seasons in England and Spain, respectively.  Beckham sat down this week for a one-on-one interview with ESPN’s Julie Foudy that will air on several editions of SportsCenter, beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m.
Other MLS Cup 2012 Storylines:
  • MLS Cup 2012 is a rematch of last year’s Cup in a 1-0 Galaxy victory over the Houston Dynamo;
  • The Dynamo and the Galaxy are two of four Major League Soccer (MLS) teams with multiple championships;
  • Los Angeles, in its record eighth MLS Cup, is seeking to be the second team with four MLS titles (joining DC United) and the third team to win consecutive MLS Cups (DC in 1996 and 1997; and Houston in 2006 and 2007);
  • Alexi Lalas was Galaxy president and GM when Beckham arrived at the club from Real Madrid in 2007 – the first move by AEG (Galaxy’s parent company) to turn the Galaxy into what Lalas calls the “SuperClub;”
  • ESPN’s lead match analyst Taylor Twellman, in his first MLS Cup TV booth role, was a leading MLS striker in the 2000s.  Twellman and the New England Revolution played in the MLS Cup four times (2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007) – losing two times each to the Galaxy and Dynamo;
  • Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is seeking his fourth title after becoming the only manager in the MLS to win three championships last year;
  • Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will join Arena with his third title if Houston wins on Sunday.
English-language Commentators:
MLS Cup 2012 TV highlights:
  • 19 cameras, including two super slo-mo cameras, a steadicam, a Jib cam, two POV cameras, and the Goodyear blimp;
  • Offside Line, which displays a virtual line affixed to the last defender on replays to show viewers whether the referee’s offside decision is accurate;
  • On-site studio set with Bretos, Lalas, Keller and guest analyst Moreno;
  • A David Beckham conversation – The former England captain and one of the most-popular stars in soccer sat down this week for an in-depth interview with ESPN’s Julie Foudy.  Excerpts from the conversation will air pre-game;
  • 12 commentators – In all, ESPN will have 12 commentators at the MLS Cup:  Bretos, Gonzalez, Healey, Keller, Lalas, Moreno, Steve Nicol and Twellman (English); and Richard Mendez, Hernan Pereyra, Elmer Polanco, Jorge Ramos and Giovanni Savarese (Spanish)
 
ESPN Deportes Radio
ESPN Deportes Radio will provide live coverage of MLS Cup 2012 on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. ET with a one-hour pre-match program.  Soccer experts Jorge Ramos (play-by-play) and Hernan Pereyra (analysis) will call the match from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  Elmer Polanco and Noe Vasquez will report pitch-side.  Ramos and Pereyra will kick off coverage on Friday, Nov. 30, with a special Jorge Ramos y Su Banda live show from the stadium at 4 p.m.
SportsCenter
On Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning with the 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET edition, SportsCenter will air a conversation with David Beckham – the former England National Team captain’s first extensive, one-on-one television interview since he announced last week that Saturday’s MLS Cup will be his last competitive match with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  The interview was conducted by ESPN’s Julie Foudy, former U.S. Women’s National Team Captain and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup and Olympic Gold winner.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m., through kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 1, all editions of ESPN’s flagship news program SportsCenter (ESPN and ESPNEWS) will feature MLS Cup 2012 segments – matchup previews, interviews with key players, et al – including reports and analysis from Carson, Calif., by booth commentators Healey and Twellman, as well as contributions by the studio team of Bretos, Lalas, Keller and Moreno.
ESPN Deportes Studio
ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language network will provide surround studio coverage of MLS Cup 2012.  Highlights:
  • ESPN Fútbol Center: ESPN Deportes’ program which provides in-depth “game around the game” reports, previews and analysis of marquee international soccer events, will feature MLS Cup 2012.
  • ESPN Deportes SportsCenter:  The flagship news, highlights and information program will present post-game analysis of MLS Cup 2012.
Additional Coverage:
  • ESPNFC Press Pass (ESPNEWS, weekdays at 2 a.m. ET overnight):  The ESPN international soccer debate and opinion program will feature a special MLS Cup edition on Friday.  International versions of the program will also air on ESPN International networks across several regions.
  • ESPN Deportes’ NACION ESPN, Spanish-language specific version of SportsNation, and Cronometro, the Spanish-language version of Around the Horn, will feature MLS Cup 2012 branded segments.
 
ESPN International
ESPN International will televise MLS Cup 2012 on ESPN networks in 120 countries and territories covering more than 47.8 million television homes including coverage Africa, Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, South America and the United Kingdom.  The will also be simulcast on ESPN’s international broadband platforms in the U.S., Australia, Brazil and Latin America.
ESPN Deportes’ MLS Spanish-language commentators Richard Mendez and Giovanni Savarese will be on-site to provide match commentaries for the MLS Cup 2012 on ESPN International’s Latin America networks.  Other highlights:
  • ESPNFC Press Pass Special – “Beckham’s Goodbye to Hollywood” (ESPN UK, Friday at 10 p.m. GMT):  ESPN UK will air a one-hour special examining the midfielder’s six years with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Adrian Healey will host with former New England Revolution manager Steve Nicol, and guest appearances by Twellman, Lalas, and others.  (The special will also air in more than 100 countries);
  • International Studio Programming:  Several ESPN International programs Capitanes en ESPN and SportsCenter (Latin America), ESPN Radio Formula (Dos Mexico), will provide coverage.
ESPN Digital Media
  • ESPNFC.com soccer writers Jeff Carlisle and Roger Bennett will anchor the site’s coverage featuring key MLS Cup 2012 stories, including match previews, player profiles, matchup analysis and “Cover it Live” during the MLS Cup match.  The digital service will also provide users with highlights and analysis, using the Match HQ as the definitive digital destination for the live event.
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