“This Western Conference rivalry has intensified over the past couple of seasons.” – NBC’s Arlo White
NEW YORK – July 3, 2012 – NBC Sports Network will air an MLS Western Conference game between the #3 Seattle Sounders FC and the #5 Colorado Rapids this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET, live from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Network’s lead soccer commentary team of Arlo White (@arlowhite, play-by-play), and Kyle Martino (@kylemartino, “Between the Benches” analyst) will call the game while Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments on-site.
WHITE ON THE MATCH: “This Western Conference rivalry has intensified over the past couple of seasons. The teams played out a 7-goal thriller at CenturyLink Field last season, with Seattle edging Colorado 4-3. The 38,000 Sounders fans always produce a magnificent atmosphere, but there was a real edge to proceedings in that match, as some vented their anger against the Rapids veteran Brian Mullan. It was his tackle on Steve Zakuani last April still has the flying winger on the sidelines recovering from a broken leg.”
WHITE ON SEATTLE: “Seattle will be coming off a tough midweek trip to Real Salt Lake, but will be encouraged that former U.S. Men’s National team striker Eddie Johnson has started scoring regularly. For the Rapids, bulldozing striker Conor Casey is back from a long injury, to add muscle and aggression to a team who try and play attractive passing Soccer.”
UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: (All Times ET, Home Team Listed First)
Sat., July 14, Portland vs. Los Angeles, 11 p.m.
Wed., July 18, San Jose vs. Dallas, 11 p.m.
Sat., July 28, Dallas vs. Los Angeles, 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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