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Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

English Premier League

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

Review of George Best – All by Himself, ESPN’s 30 For 30 soccer masterpiece

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Like many soccer fans, I have been frustrated that despite the constant flow of excellent ESPN 30 for 30 films, so few have had any content related to our sport. As someone who spends very little time watching sports other than soccer, the 30 for 30 series has been enlightening and educational about topics I generally have little interest in.

Review of George Best – All by Himself, ESPN’s 30 For 30 soccer masterpiece

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Like many soccer fans, I have been frustrated that despite the constant flow of excellent ESPN 30 for 30 films, so few have had any content related to our sport. As someone who spends very little time watching sports other than soccer, the 30 for 30 series has been enlightening and educational about topics I generally have little interest in.

Mourinho ‘ready for 15 years’ at Old Trafford

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he is targeting a 15-year stay at Old Trafford, telling ESPN in an interview on Tuesday he wants to restore the stability of the Alex Ferguson era.

Mourinho, who took over the Premier League giants last year, told the network’s website that he is desperate to deliver sustained success over a long-term period just as Ferguson did over nearly three decades.

Mourinho ‘ready for 15 years’ at Old Trafford

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he is targeting a 15-year stay at Old Trafford, telling ESPN in an interview on Tuesday he wants to restore the stability of the Alex Ferguson era.

Mourinho, who took over the Premier League giants last year, told the network’s website that he is desperate to deliver sustained success over a long-term period just as Ferguson did over nearly three decades.

ESPN to televise Arsenal, Dortmund, Bayern, Lyon and Milan games from International Champions Cup China

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This summer’s International Champions Cup tournament in China will feature Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Lyon and Inter Milan, with all of the games televised across a myriad of ESPN networks.

The six teams will clash in four contests in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Nanjing in this July.

ESPN to televise Arsenal, Dortmund, Bayern, Lyon and Milan games from International Champions Cup China

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This summer’s International Champions Cup tournament in China will feature Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Lyon and Inter Milan, with all of the games televised across a myriad of ESPN networks.

The six teams will clash in four contests in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Nanjing in this July.

ESPN to televise Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter matches from International Champions Cup Singapore

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Fans of Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan need to circle their calendars for late July as all of their matches from the 2017 International Champions Cup tournament in Singapore will be shown in the United States via a range of ESPN networks.

Scheduled to take place at the National Stadium July 25-29, the ICC Singapore will feature Chelsea FC, FC Bayern and FC Internazionale in a round-robin three-match tournament.

ESPN to televise Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter matches from International Champions Cup Singapore

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Fans of Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan need to circle their calendars for late July as all of their matches from the 2017 International Champions Cup tournament in Singapore will be shown in the United States via a range of ESPN networks.

Scheduled to take place at the National Stadium July 25-29, the ICC Singapore will feature Chelsea FC, FC Bayern and FC Internazionale in a round-robin three-match tournament.

Arsenal

Arsenal set to sell Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan

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Arsenal are ready to offload defender Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan, according to ESPN. The Germany international joined the Gunners from Valencia...

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Arsenal considering bid for Jean Michael Seri

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Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to ESPN. Sources close to the Gunners have reportedly briefed that...

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Manchester United

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for Paddy Power about the amazing team spirt at United this season.

Scott wrote for ESPN about how Rashford must accept a wide role for now.

Scott wrote for IBFootball about the importance of Paul Pogba this season.

The Guardian discusses Wayne Rooney's England legacy.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for FourFourTwo about the decision to name Carrick as captain.

Scott writes for ESPN about the benefits of signing Eric Dier.

The Guardian discusses the new, tall team that Mourinho is building at United.

The club site reports on Mourinho's thoughts behind signing Lukaku.

Lukaku: I couldn’t turn down the biggest club in the world for Chelsea

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Romelu Lukaku has spoken to ESPN about his transfer to Manchester United, explaining why he turned down Chelsea's advances after they matched our £75m offer.

This is an opportunity that I've always wanted since I was a child. When [Manchester United] came calling, I didn't have to think twice.

Manchester United move realises childhood dream: Lukaku

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku says his move from Everton to Manchester United for a reported £75million ($97m, 85.5m euros) is the opportunity he dreamed of as a child.

The 24-year-old Belgian international striker told ESPN he hadn’t hesitated over the move even though his former club Chelsea offered a similar fee but apparently baulked at the sizeable commission his agent Mino Raiola demanded.

tv ratings

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 25-30, 2017

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The United States’ 2-1 victory over Jamaica to claim the 2017 Gold Cup led in the ratings last week. FS1 delivered 1.772 million viewers for the match, up 117% from 818k for the 2015 final. The game also brought record streaming numbers as 71,742 unique viewers watched the match on FOX Sports GO, the largest audience ever on the platform for a soccer match.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 25-30, 2017

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The United States’ 2-1 victory over Jamaica to claim the 2017 Gold Cup led in the ratings last week. FS1 delivered 1.772 million viewers for the match, up 117% from 818k for the 2015 final. The game also brought record streaming numbers as 71,742 unique viewers watched the match on FOX Sports GO, the largest audience ever on the platform for a soccer match.

ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday.

The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish.

ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday.

The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017

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MLS returned from its summer break with Orlando City SC taking on Atlanta United on ESPN last Friday night. The match drew 338,000 viewers, up 13% from ESPN’s previous Friday night broadcast on June 30 and a strong number for MLS on the network. The next day, however, Minnesota United’s match against the New York Red Bulls broadcast on ESPN was the networks second least-watched match of the season with only 222,000 viewers.

LA Galaxy

Kick Off time changed for Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy

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Brunch PTFC style!

As the Thorns announced earlier today that they were changing the kick off time in response to the record heat the northwest and Portland in particular. The Timbers are now doing the same thing for their match up against the LA Galaxy on Sunday. Right now the forecast calls for temps well into the 90's on Sunday.

Brian Schmetzer is about to face tough lineup decisions

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"It's a good problem to have."

TUKWILA, Wash. — You may have noticed that the Seattle Sounders won a few games in a row despite losing several top players. When they play the LA Galaxy on Saturday July 29 (7 PM, ESPN) they'll have most of those players back. Only Osvaldo Alonso is a likely absence as Nicolas Lodeiro returns from suspension and Oniel Fisher, Clint Dempsey, and Jordan Morris return from the Gold Cup.

UEFA

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.

The Rest

Report: John Brooks nearing return to full training

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While John Brooks' injury kept him out of the final four matches of World Cup qualifying, it appears the U.S. Men's National Team defender is getting a bit closer to his return.

According to ESPN, Brooks is nearing a return to full training with Wolfsburg and has completed his first individual training sessions.

ESPN commentator asks why Jay Heaps still has a job

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Hercules Gomez asks the question that many Revs fans have been thinking about.

After two disappointing road results, including a 7-0 loss to Atlanta United, many New England Revolution fans are calling for Jay Heaps to be fired. On Saturday, the movement gained a new voice in the form of ESPN commentator Hercules Gomez.

GAME THREAD: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, September 17th
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. UTC
  • Venue: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
  • Referees: REF: JOSE CARLOS RIVERO, AR1: Logan Brown, AR2: Peter Manikowski, 4TH: Marcos DeOliveira, VAR: Mark Geiger
  • Television: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  • Streaming: WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes+
  • All-time record: In MLS Play, the Philadelphia Union have won 6, lost 12, and drawn three against the New York Red Bulls.

Bethlehem Steel FC take on Charlotte in midweek clash

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USL game of the week time!

Match: Charlotte Independence vs Bethlehem Steel FC

Date: Wednesday, August 16th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC

Venue: Sportsplex at Matthews (yes, really)

Refs: REF: Ismir Pekvic AR1: Howard Ash AR2: Olivia Urig 4TH: Eric Barnes

Stream: Due to Game of the Week status, ESPN 3 and the WatchESPN app live is it.

Soccer TV in America is changing

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The soccer news starts with Disney deciding how ESPN can monetize a reworked sports streaming site in the near future. As in, a reworked streaming site that may or may not care about your cable subscription. Whatever happens with ESPN, it's part of a larger trend that impacts how American soccer fans can watch games.

Sounders say a signing will be announced next week

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We don't know who, but we do know when.

With Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy on ESPN tonight, there's a chance for both front offices to talk to ESPN reporters. It should come as little surprise that they are. Julie Stewart-Binks says to expect a player announcement by Seattle next week.

Sounders GM Garth Lagerway tells me Seattle will announce a new player signing next week.

Sounders at LA Galaxy, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN is carrying the 7 PM match. Watch with us.

With Brian Schmetzer facing Sigi Schmid for the first time since LA blew out the A-League Sounders 5-1 in the 2002 US Open Cup the Saturday night match on ESPN will bump the LA Galaxy versus Seattle Sounders rivalry up just another notch. LA is already the measuring stick to which all teams in the league are appraised, but their 2017 is bad.

USA v. Australia, live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch USWNT online

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It's a doubleheader at CenturyLink Field tonight, with four powerhouse teams in women's soccer.

On Thursday evening, fans will gather at CenturyLink Field to watch four powerhouse teams in women's international soccer face off in the inaugural Tournament of Nations. The doubleheader will begin with a match between Brazil and Japan at 4:15 PM PT, and conclude with the U.

Watch and listen to the euphoric reaction to Clint Dempsey's equalizer

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No way ESPN cameras would have done a better job than this.

PORTLAND, Ore. — You may remember that ESPN had planned to show live feeds dedicated to supporter sections for Sunday's Sounders-Timbers game. Understandably, the plans were scrapped after both supporters groups complained to their respective front offices.

ESPN plans to show live feeds of Sounders, Timbers supporters’ sections

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What could possibly go wrong?

As with most encounters between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, this Sunday's affair is hotly anticipated (pardon the pun).

It will officially be the 98th match between the two. It features the last two MLS Cup Champions. It will also feature cameras in both of the clubs supporters' sections.

Concern over player-safety prompts time change in Sounders-Timbers game

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In order to avoid direct sunlight and inevitable safety concerns all parties agree to move match to the evening.

Temperatures in Portland are forecast to be in the 90s. The combination of direct sunlight, FieldTurf and stadium structure resulted in concern for player safety. MLS, ESPN, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders agreed to move the match to 7:30 PM Pacific.