ESPN FC Offering Extensive Coverage Of Men’s FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches

Courtesy:  ESPN/ESPNFC

Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNFC

The U.S. Men’s National Team will attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup beginning this Friday, March 22nd, and ESPN will have coverage of the game both on television and online at WatchESPN.  The game is the first of two qualifying matches for the U.S. Men’s National Team.  It will pit the Men’s team against Costa Rica.  The men’s team will also face Mexico next Tuesday, March 26th.  That match will take place in Mexico City.  That match will be aired live at 9:30pm EST on ESPN and online via WatchESPN.

The team’s match against Mexico will be preceded by a one-hour pre-game show that will be broadcast live from Mexico City.  The show marks the very first time that ESPN will air a pre-game show before a World Cup qualifying match.  The game is the most anticipated in the team’s quadrennial FIFA World Cup qualification process.   

Commentator Ian Darke will provide play-by-play for the team’s game this Friday against Costa Rica.  He will be joined by analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez.  Bob Ley will be on hand in studio for the broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas.  Viewers will get a preview of the game on SportsCenter throughout the day.  It will also have post-game results and highlights on the overnight broadcast of SportsCenter at 1am EST/10 PST.  The game will be broadcast live at 10pm EST.  ESPN’s online soccer affiliate will also offer full coverage of the game.  Reporter Roger Bennett will keep the site updated with the latest video reports, match previews, and previews.  He will also offer a profile of sorts of the U.S. team’s coach, Jurgen Klinsmann in the feature, “Is U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Getting Things Right?”  Along with this extensive coverage, soccer fans will even get the chance to chat live at the ESPN FC Boot Room during the game.

The second of the U.S. Men’s national matches will take place Tuesday, March 26th at 9:30pm.  Ian Darke will be on hand to cover this game as will Taylor Twellman.  Audiences will get extensive coverage yet again both on air and online.  This includes audiences watching ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPNDeportes.com. 

To get full information on coverage of the team’s matches, audiences can go online to http://www.espnfc.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPNFC

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