An international friendly between the US and Guatemala highlights the weekend of soccer coverage on NBC Sports Network. However the Friday night, Saturday afternoon double dip has forced NBC Sports Network to debut John Strong as the voice of MLS a little earlier than expected. Strong will debut this Saturday on NBC Sports Network as the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Seattle Sounders.
NBC Sports Network isn't the only group that will broadcast these matches. For Spanish language fans, both Univision Deportes and Unimas will carry the US/ Guatemala match live Friay night. On Saturday TSN and RDS will both carry the Whitecaps/ Sounders match in Canada. Below is the NBC Sports Network press release outlining their coverage.
JOHN STRONG MAKES DEBUT AS NBC SPORTS GROUP LEAD MLS PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICE THIS SATURDAY
Robbie Earle Debuts as MLS Analyst alongside Strong
U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team vs. Guatemala Friday on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 2, 2013 – John Strong makes his NBC Sports Network debut as lead MLS play-by-play voice this Saturday calling the Seattle Sounders versus the Vancouver Whitecaps match alongside MLS and Premier League analyst Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler. In addition, NBC Sports Network will air the U.S. Men’s National Team match versus Guatemala as the U.S. team prepares for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
NBC Sports Network’s soccer coverage this weekend (all times ET):
|Fri., July 5||11 p.m.||U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala|
|Sat., July 6||11 p.m.||Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders|
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Groups’ lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo Whitewill call the U.S. vs. Guatemala action and will be joined by analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Strong, Earle and Thaler will call Vancouver-Seattle from BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Strong, formerly the lead voice for MLS’ Portland Timbers makes his debut as NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer. Earle, a former Jamaican Men’s National Team member and professional soccer player in the U.K., serves as both MLS game analyst and Premier League studio analyst.
For more information on NBC Sports Group’s soccer announcers, click here.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC Sports Network’s live coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team match and MLS coverage including Vancouver-Seattle. Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. In addition, off-broadcast coverage of AMA Motocross will be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage airing on NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets throughNBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/06/06/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/
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 NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.
For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.
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