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Christian Miles interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (11.30.15)

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with sports presenter and commentator Christian Miles.

In the interview with Christian, he discusses his role at Fox Soccer Channel during the formative years of the channel, his opinions about the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals, LAFC going toe to toe with the LA Galaxy, some of his favorite memories of what a typical Saturday was like at Fox Soccer Channel, and how things have changed so much.

Christian Miles interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (11.30.15)

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with sports presenter and commentator Christian Miles.

In the interview with Christian, he discusses his role at Fox Soccer Channel during the formative years of the channel, his opinions about the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals, LAFC going toe to toe with the LA Galaxy, some of his favorite memories of what a typical Saturday was like at Fox Soccer Channel, and how things have changed so much.

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.5.15) Max Bretos

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN's Max Bretos.

During the chat, Max covers a variety of topics including what it was like to work at Fox Soccer Channel, his advice for aspiring American soccer voices, a preview of Barcelona-Bayern Munich, whether Juventus can go all the way, and much much more.

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.5.15) Max Bretos

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN's Max Bretos.

During the chat, Max covers a variety of topics including what it was like to work at Fox Soccer Channel, his advice for aspiring American soccer voices, a preview of Barcelona-Bayern Munich, whether Juventus can go all the way, and much much more.

English Premier League

What do you miss most about FOX Soccer (aka Fox Soccer Channel)?

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It's been over 2 years since FOX Soccer was shut down and replaced by FXX.

A lot has changed in those 2 years. Soccer is more readily available to be watched on TV and online than ever before in the United States, but it's strewn across many networks and plenty of online choices. The comfort of knowing you could switch on one specific channel and always be greeted by a soccer game or broadcast has long disappeared.

What do you miss most about FOX Soccer (aka Fox Soccer Channel)?

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It's been over 2 years since FOX Soccer was shut down and replaced by FXX.

A lot has changed in those 2 years. Soccer is more readily available to be watched on TV and online than ever before in the United States, but it's strewn across many networks and plenty of online choices. The comfort of knowing you could switch on one specific channel and always be greeted by a soccer game or broadcast has long disappeared.

Interview With David Mosse, aka Statman Mosse From FOX Sports and World Soccer Talk

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A welcome addition to the World Soccer Talk Podcast this season has the recruitment of David "Statman" Mosse whose expert opinions and treasure trove of stats always adds a unique perspective.

We took a few minutes recently to sit down with David Mosse to learn more about the man as well as his career at FOX Sports as their soccer researcher.

Interview With David Mosse, aka Statman Mosse From FOX Sports and World Soccer Talk

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A welcome addition to the World Soccer Talk Podcast this season has the recruitment of David "Statman" Mosse whose expert opinions and treasure trove of stats always adds a unique perspective.

We took a few minutes recently to sit down with David Mosse to learn more about the man as well as his career at FOX Sports as their soccer researcher.

A Comprehensive Guide To English Soccer TV Commentators and Co-Commentators

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One of the often-overlooked reasons why the Premier League is the world's most popular sports league is the expertise of the commentators. Whether it's the commentators or co-commentators (aka color commentators), the men bring the Premier League to life in our living rooms and in pubs on a weekly basis.

Get a Free Preview of the Manchester City eBook, Blue With Envy

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Read about the growth of the Premier League through the eyes of a Manchester City supporter with Blue With Envy, written by World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer.

The eBook, which was published earlier this year, features anecdotes and personal stories about how a soccer-crazed American fell in love with Manchester City in the early 80s, and how that passion built over time even when City got relegated to the third tier of English soccer.

The Cord Cutter’s Guide to Watching Soccer

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If you are like many out there who don't want to have a monthly cable/satellite bill anymore, but still want to watch live soccer matches, you are in luck. "Cord cutters" now have many different ways to watch live soccer events without having to fork out $50, $60, or $70 a month in television provider fees.

NBC

MLS TV Coverage in 2015: Will FOX and ESPN Be Able to Match NBC’s Perfectionism?

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NBC broadcasted their final MLS game, the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution.

It was a fittingly great game for a network that raised the bar of MLS coverage to go out on. The care, professionalism and quality of NBC's presentation of the league was typically superb.

MLS TV Coverage in 2015: Will FOX and ESPN Be Able to Match NBC’s Perfectionism?

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NBC broadcasted their final MLS game, the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution.

It was a fittingly great game for a network that raised the bar of MLS coverage to go out on. The care, professionalism and quality of NBC's presentation of the league was typically superb.

Men In Blazers TV Ratings Are Literally Sub-Optimal

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It's still only early days in Men In Blazers making the transformation to a weekly TV show, but based on the preliminary TV ratings for the first 3 shows of the season, the results are literally sub-optimal.

After 3 episodes thus far, the Men In Blazers TV Show is averaging 30,000 viewers, which is incredibly disappointingfor a show that had so much hype.

Fox and ESPN to split MLS broadcast rights beginning in 2015; NBC out

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To the dismay of many fans, NBC will no longer be broadcasting MLS games after the 2014 season; Soccer by Ives and Jonathan Tannewald are reporting that Fox and ESPN will split MLS's rights.

Both Ives Galarcep and Jonathan Tannewald are reporting that Fox and ESPN will split the rights for Major League Soccer on television starting in the 2015 season.

United States Men's National Team

USA vs. Costa Rica: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team and Costa Rica renew acquaintances tonight, meeting for the first time since the 'Snow Game' in March as they clash with first place in their Gold Cup group on the line (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Ticos come into the match riding a seven-match shutout streak, and have not lost since the 1-0 loss to the U.

USMNT vs. Belize (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team begins their chase for their first CONCACAF Gold Cup title in six years when they kick off their tournament in Portland against Belize at Jeld-Wen Field (11pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Americans enter the tournament as the favorite, and are the giants of Group C, expected to top a group that also includes Costa Rica and Cuba.

European Soccer

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Real Madrid attempt to achieve the impossible when they host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the second-leg match of the Champions League semifinals (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Jose Mourinho's men are given a boost as talismanic midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training this week, giving them a legitimate chance to come back from the 4-1 scoreline suffered last Wednesday.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the world's soccer heavyweights collide today in the Allianz Arena, as Bayern Munich play host to FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Barcelona will be led by Lionel Messi, who has recovered from his hamstring injury and will start today.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Rafael Benitez's managerial run with Chelsea hasn't exactly been a pleasant one, but like last season, the club is making a run in a European competition.

Chelsea takes a 3-1 lead in their tie with Rubin Kazan (12:00pm, Fox Soccer Channel) to Moscow, Russia to face a team that's knocked off the defending champions, Atletico Madrid, in the round of 32.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The main question on everyone's mind in the run up to Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) is "will Lionel Messi play?"

The Argentine limped off the field at half time of the first leg and hasn't played since, but Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova announced on Tuesday that whether Messi plays will be determined just before the teams arrive at the Camp Nou.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Galatasaray hope to erase a three-goal deficit when they welcome Real Madrid (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) to the cauldron that is the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday night.

The Turkish side will be without their leading Champions League scorer, Burak Yilmaz, but with Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba on the pitch, anything is possible.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba renew their long-standing rivalry when Real Madrid takes on Galatasaray (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The two have previously faced off in the English Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea as well as Portugal vs.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain host Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) in one of Tuesday's first-leg matches of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

Ibrahimovic was recently cleared of a red-card ban that would have ruled him out for the matches against Barcelona, but the French club's leading scorer is now set to run at the heart of his former team.

UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Barcelona face the daunting task of trying to erase a 2-0 deficit today when they take on AC Milan in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series (3:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Milan pulled off a shocker in the first leg, not only scoring twice on Barcelona but holding them scoreless at the San Siro.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The next two spots in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be decided today when Paris St. Germain take on Valencia (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) and Juventus faces Celtic (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Plus/MSG Plus).

Juventus has one foot in the quarters after romping at Celtic Park in the first leg, and their 3-0 advantage from the first leg is looking like an impossible hurdle for the Scottish champions to climb.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The first two spots in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be decided today, and at least one European giant will be eliminated from the competition as Manchester United and Real Madrid square off at Old Trafford (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

United and Real Madrid finished the first leg at the Bernabeu tied 1-1, meaning United have a valuable road goal and could advance with a win or scoreless draw.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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A day after Bayern Munich sent a loud message that they are indeed a strong title contender, the UEFA Champions League favorites from Barcelona take the field at the San Siro today to take on AC Milan (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Barcelona will be fielding a full-strength lineup today against AC Milan, with the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi pulling the strings against a Milan defense that will have its hands full.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea in action as Europa Round of 32 kicks off

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By IVES GALARCEP

Clint Dempsey and Tottenham will look to move a step closer to a European trophy today when they take on French side Lyon in Europa League Round of 32 action, which kicks off today throughout Europe.

The English Premier League is well-represented in the knockout rounds, with Liverpool facing a stiff test in one of today's early matches as they take on big-spending Russian side Zenit St.

CONCACAF

U.S. Under-17s vs. Haiti (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team begins qualification for the Under-17 World Cup today when they take on Haiti in the CONCACAF Under-17 Qualifying Tournament in Panama (6:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Head coach Richie Williams will be leading out a team led by standouts such as Shaquell Mo0re and Rubio Rubin in a match they will be expected to win.

U.S. Under-20s vs. Mexico: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team takes on Mexico today in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Final in Puebla, Mexico (7pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Both teams have already qualified for the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this summer, but bragging rights are on the line today as the Americans look to build on their unbeaten run through the tournament.

U.S. Under-20s vs. Cuba: Match Day Commentary

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team has already secured a place in the Under-20 World Cup, but there is still hardware to play for down in Mexico as they face Cuba in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship semifinals (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Americans will be without Luis Gil and Cody Cropper, who both have returned to their club teams, while quarterfinal star Jose Villarreal is on the bench today nursing an ankle injury.

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CONCACAF Champions League: Galaxy vs. Monterrey (Match Night Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy are Major League Soccer's best hope of winning the CONCACAF Champions League, but to do so they will have to get past the two time defending champions of the tournament.

The Galaxy face off against Monterrey in a Champions League semifinal series that kicks off tonight at Home Depot Center (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

CONCACAF Champions League: Seattle Sounders vs. Santos Laguna (Match Night Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Seattle Sounders are off to a winless first month of the Major League Soccer season, but they have a chance to give their season a much more positive vibe with a win against Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna in their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, which kicks off tonight at CenturyLink Field (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Sounders look to make history in CONCACAF Champions League tonight

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Seattle Sounders knew they had done a good job escaping from Mexico down just one goal against current Mexican League leaders UANL Tigres last week, but only now do they realize just how close that result has them from a historic result in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The Rest

NWSL’s Final Week: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

The final week of the National Women's Soccer League is upon us, and while there are no playoff spots up for grabs, an interesting break with the schedule still leaves room for some last-minute moves in the standings.

Kansas City, Western New York, Portland and Sky Blue FC have already clinched postseason berths, but with FCKC holding a three-point lead over the other three teams, there are chances on the table to snatch first place or home-field advantage.

Liverpool Transfers: Reds agree £6m selling fee with Swansea for Jonjo Shelvey

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Liverpool and Swansea City are believed to have reached an agreement to see once believed future star Jonjo Shelvey move to the Welsh club according to the Guardian. If you watched Fox Soccer Channel's special on the Reds last summer, Being Liverpool, at the time new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked ready to put much faith in the then 20-year-old.

U.S. Under-17s vs. Honduras: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is one win away from securing a place in the Under-17 World Cup and standing in the way of that berth is Honduras, which will look go snatch that ticket to the world championship with a win today in CONCACAF Under-17 World Cup qualifying action in Panama (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

U.S. Under-20s vs. Canada: Match Day Commentary

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team takes on Canada today with a place in the Under-20 World Cup on the line (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Americans come in having won their group, and having posted a pair of 1-0 shutout victories over Haiti and Costa Rica. They take on a Canada side that lost to Cuba before rallying to trounce Nicaragua and book their place in this all-important CONCACAF Under-20 Tournament quarterfinal in Puebla, Mexico.

Europa League Returns

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Six domestic champions and the holders of both of last season's major club competitions are lining up for the UEFA Europa League round of 32. Fox Soccer Channel has a tasty trio of games on tap today including Chelsea, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

11:50 AM AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
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2:00 PM Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)

4:00 PM Club Atletico Madrid (ESP) v FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
From UEFA Rubin bar the way for Atlético and Juanfran

Liverpool travel to Zenit St Petersburg as well.