Major League Soccer and ESPN are set to “kick” off their 18th season together. The league’s 18th season on the ESPN family of networks is set to begin Sunday, March 3rd. The new season’s premiere matchup pits the Portland Timbers against the New York Red Bulls from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon. It will air live on ESPN2, ESPN 3D, and ESPN Deportes at 7:30pm EST. The inter-conference competition will be the first of 20 regular season matches to be broadcast. 18 of those matches will be Sunday games, making it MLS’ most consistent broadcasting schedule on ESPN. All 19 regular season matches will be broadcast in HD. Twelve of those matches will air on ESPN2. Seven will run on ESPN. One extra match that is currently TBD will also run on ESPN2.
All matches broadcast on the ESPN family of networks will also be simulcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio. Eight of the season’s matches will be broadcast on ESPN 3D, the world’s very first 24/7 all-sports 3D network. Seven of those eight will be broadcast live. It marks the first time that MLS soccer matches will be shown in 3D. All regular season matches will also be available to fans online courtesy of WatchESPN.
Adrian Healey will offer play-by-play commentary. Healey will be joined by analysts Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas in studio. Reporter Monica Gonzales will handle English-language commentaries. Richard Mendez and former New York/New Jersey (New York Red Bulls) striker Giovanni Savarese both return to call the matches in Spanish for ESPN Deportes. Kenneth Garay, Elmer Polanco, and Diego Cora will be in the booth for ESPN Deportes Radio.
MLS fans have a lot to look forward to this season. Along with expanded coverage on television and online, ESPN will broadcast the only regular-season meeting of the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy. That matchup is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th. It will broadcast live from the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. It’s just one of many big matches expected for this season. To get a full schedule of games, just go online to http://espnfc.com/fixtures/_/league/usa.1/major-league-soccer?cc=5901.
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