NEW YORK – July 26, 2012 – NBC Sports Network will broadcast two soccer games in primetime for the network’s MLS weekend coverage. This Saturday, FC Dallas hosts the LA Galaxy in a Western Conference game at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Sunday’s coverage of Philadelphia Union against the New England Revolution on at 7 p.m. ET. Both games will air after the network’s live coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Network’s MLS coverage will feature John Strong (play-by-play), the play-by-play announcer for the Portland Timbers, alongside former MLS player and Olympian Brian Dunseth (“Between the Benches” analyst). Ron Burke will serve as studio host on site in Dallas on Saturday and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s Brent Harris will serve as studio host live on-site from PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday.
Strong and Dunseth will call all MLS games on NBC Sports Network while the network’s lead soccer commentary team of Arlo White and Kyle Martino while they are in London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: (All Times ET, Home Team Listed First)
Fri., August 3, Houston vs. New York, 8 p.m.
Sun., August 5, Portland vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Fri., August 10, New York vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com: Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90), a respected soccer journalist for more than two decades, is the featured writer for ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com. Davis, who has covered Major League Soccer, since its inception in 1996 contributes regular posts and will provide video reports to NBCSports.com, and is expected to be an occasional guest on NBC SportsTalk, the daily hour-long news and information show the new NBC Sports Network.
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Last August, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the NBC Sports Group announced a three-year media rights agreement that calls for 46 MLS games and four U.S. National Team contests to be televised live across both NBC and NBC Sports Network each season. This agreement was the first rights deal for the new NBC Sports Network. All telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of pre-game and post-game coverage.
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