“The day that the Houston Dynamo nation has craved for so long has finally arrived.” – Arlo White on the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium
NEW YORK – May 10, 2012 – NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues this weekend with an Eastern Conference match between #7 Houston Dynamo as they host the #3 D.C. Union, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET in the first game ever a the new BBVA Compass Stadium.
COMMENTATORS: The NBC Sports Group MLS announce team of Arlo White (@arlowhite, play-by-play), and Kyle Martino (@kylemartino, “Between the Benches” analyst) will call the game. Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments live from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Steve Busfield The Guardian sports blogger on Arlo White: “Arlo is fantastic. My Seattle friends all miss him, but you can’t blame NBC for picking him up.”
WHITE AND MARTINO BREAK DOWN THE MATCHUP:
WHITE ON THE: “The day that the Houston Dynamo nation has craved for so long has finally arrived. The opening of their new BBVA Compass Stadium will be a spectacular affair. I’m expecting a passionate sea of orange, which will make for great television.”
WHITE ON THE MATCH: “The matchup should be a cracker. D.C. United has been one of the most entertaining sides to watch all season, and there’s a fascinating sub-plot to keep an eye on. Dwayne De Rosario is the league MVP, and what a moment for him to return to his former club Houston.”
MARTINO ON D.C. UNITED: “Dwayne De Rosario is traveling with D.C. United to Houston this weekend for the opening of a stadium he helped build, BBVA Compass Stadium. If you don’t believe me look for the pillar named in his honor inside. Can he lead his current team to a big 3 points on the road against his former team who are opening the latest state of the art soccer specific stadium? I can’t wait to find out.”
UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: (All Times ET, Home Team Listed First)
Sat., May 26, Houston vs. L.A., 2:30 p.m.
Sun., May 27, Kansas City vs. San Jose, 4:30 p.m.
Sun., June 17, Chicago vs. New York, 5 p.m.
For the full NBC Sports Group 2012 MLS Schedule visit WWW.NBCSPORTS.COM.
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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