ESPN2 to provide 24 straight hours of World Cup Pre-game

World Cup coverage will start a day early on ESPN2, next week as the channel will be offering a 24 hour pregame. That is straight World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira. Well done ESPN2.

MLS in talks with cable channel Versus

Major League Soccer’s deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up at the end of this season and league officials have met with exec’s from Comcast owned sports network Versus. It is certainly to early to tell if MLS is courting other broadcast partners to influence later negotiations with Fox, which currently has rights to MLS games as well as matches organized by the MLS owned Soccer United Marketing, or to discuss Versus’ strategy for development of the MLS and it’s broadcasts. Versus has certainly done a very good job for the NHL in a similar capacity. We shall see.

Soccer on TV this weekend

Certainly the match that has everyone excited, is the final tune-up for the US national team ahead of next week’s World Cup Group C opener against England on June 12.

Saturday morning’s match against Australia on ESPN2 / Galavision should be more than a final dress rehearsal for the side, it should be a good chance to see how the US’s Ultimate XI looks over 90 minutes.

In MLS action, DC and RSL renew the extra time US Open Cup thriller from Wednesday night, with RSL hoping for a different outcome. Fox Soccer Channel has New York hosting Chivas USA and Galavision the Dynamo visiting the Home Depot Center, hoping to be the first team to beat LA this season. My prediction is that they do just that, look for Brad Davis to be the key.

Let us not forget Peter Nowak returning to Chicago as his Union take on the Fire on MLS Direct Kick, this is my pick to be the most interesting match of MLS Week 11.


Must-See Match in Italics


Friday, June 4

Noon – Friendly, France-China ESPN Deportes

3pm – Friendly, Japan-Ivory Coast ESPN3

Saturday, June 5

8am – Friendly, Hungary-Netherlands ESPN Deportes

8:30am – Friendly, USA-Australia ESPN2, Galavision

2:45pm – Friendly, Switzerland-Italy GolTV

4pm – MLS, Toronto-Kansas City MLSDK

5:30pm – Brazil, Flamengo-Goias 5:30 pm GolTV

7:30pm – MLS, D.C. United-Real Salt Lake 7:30 pm MLSDK

7:30pm – MLS, New York-Chivas USA 7:30 pm FSC

7:30pm – MLS, Los Angeles-Houston 8 pm Galavision

8:30pm – MLS, Dallas-San Jose 8:30 pm MLSDK

8:30pm – MLS, Chicago-Philadelphia 8:30 pm MLSDK

9pm – MLS, Colorado-Columbus 9 pm MLSDK

9pm – MLS, Seattle-New England 10: 30 pm MLSDK

Sunday, June 6

3pm – Brazil, Santos-Vasco da Gama GolTV

6pm – WPS, Chicago-Atlanta FSC

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