“After the 4-1 defeat to Brazil in D.C. on Wednesday night, Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has called on his team to be ‘nastier’ in future games.” – Arlo White on USA Team
NEW YORK – May 31, 2012 – NBC Sports Network’s soccer coverage continues this weekend when the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Canada in a ‘friendly’ game live from BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. The game is another test for the team as they look to their upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches.
COMMENTATORS: The NBC Sports Group’s lead soccer commentary team of Arlo White (@arlowhite, play-by-play), and Kyle Martino(@kylemartino, “Between the Benches” analyst) will call the game in Toronto. Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments live from the stadium.
WHITE ON THE USA TEAM: “After the 4-1 defeat to Brazil in D.C. on Wednesday night, Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has called on his team to be ‘nastier’ in future games. In short, he wants the U.S. to get ‘stuck in’ and be more physical. Maybe we’ll see a reaction to that against Canada, which would make an already fierce rivalry, even feistier. The U.S. created plenty of chances against Brazil, and U.S. Soccer fans may finally see their wish granted. Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey could start an International together under Klinsmann’s reign, for the first time.”
WHITE ON THE CANADIAN TEAM: “This game is being played to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Soccer Association, and Canada is also preparing for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign. Look out for the current MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario for the home side. He’s a magnificent player who is aware that he has one chance left to make it to a World Cup Final.”
UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: (All Times ET, Home Team Listed First)
Sun., June 17, Chicago vs. New York, 5 p.m.
Sun., June 24, New York vs. D.C, 7 p.m.
Fri., June 29, Kansas City vs. Chicago, 8 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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