ESPN Family Of Networks Offering Extensive FIFA WOrld Cup Qualifying Coverage

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ESPN and the ESPN family of networks are offering extensive coverage of the annual FIFA World Cup qualifying matches this weekend.  They will feature a total of thirty-nine qualifying matches beginning with a broadcast of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) taking on the Jamaican National Team Friday October 11th at 6pm ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.  The USMNT qualified for Brazil 2014 after its victory over Mexico in its last qualifying match in September.  The team will look to make its lineup for June more concrete when it faces Jamaica tomorrow night.  Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman, and reporter Jeremy Schaap will have all the action from Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.

Despite its loss to the USMNT in September, Mexico has a chance to redeem itself in a must-win situation when it faces Panama at 9:15pm ET on ESPNEWS/WatchESPN.  The match will mean even more for Mexico as Mexico will host Panama on its own soil.  Commentator Fernando Paloma and analyst Alejandro Moreno will have the call live from Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.  Reporter John Sutcliffe will have more from the sidelines.

Over on ESPN2, audiences will get whiparound coverage on ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound from 2:30 – 5pm ET on Tuesday, October 15th.  Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will serve as hosts of the show, which will broadcast live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.  Healey and Twellman will take audiences through the major on-field highlights and of key games.  They will also a number of live look-ins of on-the-field action at various games.

By the end of the day on Tuesday, October 15th, a total of eleven countries will have earned berths in the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.  Another of those teams is Germany.  Germany was a semifinalist in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  It will take on Ireland live October 11th at 2:30pm ET on ESPN2.  Also to be featured Friday will be Belgium, Switzerland, and Russia.  All three will have matches featured on the ESPN family of networks.  Uruguay, Colombia, Honduras, and Chile also have a chance to clinch a World Cup berth on Friday.

A full schedule of the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches is listed below.

Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Fri, Oct 11 11 a.m. Armenia vs. Bulgaria ESPN3
  11:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Latvia ESPN3
  12 p.m. Croatia vs. Belgium ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  12 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
  12 p.m. Moldova vs. San Marino ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Malta vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
  2 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Luxembourg vs. Russia ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. Hungary ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Estonia vs. Turkey ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Albania vs. Switzerland ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Andorra vs. Romania ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Germany vs. Ireland ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Slovakia ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Slovenia vs. Norway ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Iceland vs. Cyprus ESPN3
  2:55 p.m. France vs. Australia
(Friendly Match)
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  3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Israel ESPN3
  4 p.m. Spain vs. Belarus ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  6 p.m. United States vs. Jamaica ESPN / WatchESPN
  9:15 p.m. Mexico vs. Panama ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Sun, Oct 13 9 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
Tue, Oct 15 1 p.m. Israel vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
  1 p.m. Portugal vs. Luxembourg ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  1 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Russia ESPN3
  1 p.m. Lithuania vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN3
  1 p.m. Greece vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Cyprus vs. Albania ESPN3
  2 p.m. Switzerland vs. Slovenia ESPN3
  2 p.m. Turkey vs. Netherlands ESPN3
  2 p.m. Hungary vs. Andorra ESPN3
  2 p.m. Romania vs. Estonia ESPN3
  2:10 p.m. Latvia vs. Slovakia ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m. Serbia vs. Macedonia ESPN3
  3 p.m. San Marino vs. Ukraine ESPN3
  3 p.m. Montenegro vs. Moldova ESPN3
  3 p.m. Scotland vs. Croatia ESPN3
  3 p.m. Belgium vs. Wales ESPN3
  3 p.m. Spain vs. Georgia ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  3 p.m. France vs. Finland ESPN3

 

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ESPN Releases 2013 MLS Broadcast Schedule, Details

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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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