Monday, July 1, 2013

John Strong NBCSN debut & MLS Breakaway returns August 3

John Strong will make his MLS on NBC Sports Network debut on Saturday, August 3 as one half of the studio host team. Strong will join Kyle Martino to host MLS Breakaway for 90 minutes after the completion of the NBC Sports Network featured match of Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls that night. In order to have NBC Sports Network do MLS Breakaway, some start times have been changed for the late games. Here's the press release outlining the details from NBC Sports Group.


MLS Breakaway Features Live Look-Ins to Four Games
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 1, 2013 – NBC Sports Group presents the second edition of MLS Breakaway on Saturday, August 3, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Saturday’s soccer coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Sporting Kansas City-New York Red Bulls match, followed by the unique NBC Sports Group presentation MLS Breakaway (9-10:30 p.m. ET), a special 90-minute “whip-around” show featuring multiple live look-ins to regional broadcasts of four games being played at that time.
NBC Sports Group’s new lead MLS play-by-play voice John Strong and analyst Kyle Martino will host MLS Breakaway coverage from NBC Sports Groups’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
STRONG ON HIS MLS BREAKAWAY DEBUT: “I’m excited to be a part of the next edition of MLS Breakaway. I really enjoyed watching the first show in March and its high-energy, ‘center of the soccer universe’ feel as they whipped around from game to game.”
MARTINO ON THE RETURN OF MLS BREAKAWAY: “Get ready for another MLS Breakaway. Everyone had such a blast the first time around we decided to run it back. With the help of comments and suggestions from fans, we are building off the first show to try and capture all the MLS weekend excitement in the most creative ways possible. See you then!”
Full schedule of NBC Sports Network’s soccer coverage on Sat., August 3 (all times ET):
GameHomeAwayStart Time^
Game 1Sporting Kansas CityNew York Red Bulls6:30 p.m.
Game 2*D.C. UnitedMontreal Impact7:30 p.m.
Game 3*Philadelphia UnionChicago Fire8 p.m.
Game 4*Colorado RapidsReal Salt Lake8:30 p.m.
Game 5*Houston DynamoColumbus Crew9 p.m.

*MLS Breakaway
^Note that some start times have been changed from the original MLS schedule.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage
NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.
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