Kyle Martino

NBC Sports

Highs and Lows of Weekend Premier League Soccer Coverage

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After a two week international break that felt like a month, it was a welcome return to see the Premier League back on our television sets this past weekend.

It almost felt as if the teams had bottled up all of their energy and excitement into one weekend of matches as there were arguably 10 entertaining games in store.

Topps Releases Limited-Edition Cards Of NBC’s Premier League Announcing Team [PHOTOS]

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NBC Sports has teamed up with Topps to create several custom trading cards featuring Ted Lasso, Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe.

The limited edition cards will be available in pubs in select markets across the United States where soccer fans will receive "Season Starter Kits" including Topps cards for Arlo White, Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino, Robbie Mustoe and Ted Lasso.

Garth Lagerwey and Kyle Martino | Episode 419

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Real Salt Lake's General Manager/Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations Garth Lagerwey checks in to talk about the World Cup and RSL. In the second segment, NBCSN soccer analyst Kyle Martino breaks down everything happening in MLS.

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Garth Lagerwey and Kyle Martino | Episode 419

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Real Salt Lake's General Manager/Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations Garth Lagerwey checks in to talk about the World Cup and RSL. In the second segment, NBCSN soccer analyst Kyle Martino breaks down everything happening in MLS.

Follow @kylemartino on Twitter | Follow @RealSaltLake on Twitter

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NBC Sports Analyst Kyle Martino Heading to Mount Everest

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After Monday's match between Sunderland and West Ham United, NBC Sports analyst Kyle Martino surprised many by stating it was going to be his last show of the season for NBCSN, but that he would return in the summer for the next season of Premier League soccer.

Martino is heading to Everest as one of the analysts where Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mt.

Episode 327: Kyle Martino

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NBC Sports Network soccer analyst Kyle Martino talks about the state of MLS and whether or not a young U.S. player should stay in MLS or move to Europe. He also discusses NBC Sports Network's coverage of the Barclays Premier League.

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Behind the Scenes of NBC’s Premier League Set [PHOTOS]

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NBC Sports have revealed photographs of their Premier League set that they'll be using to broadcast the league when the action kicks off on Saturday, August 17 — beginning at 7am ET on NBC Sports Network (see TV guide here).

As you can see from the images above and below, the set looks fantastic.

Kyle Martino Joins NBC’s Premier League Studio Team: Why He Deserves Another Chance

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NBC Sports has announced that Kyle Martino will be joining NBC's studio team for its coverage of the Premier League beginning this August. Martino will rotate with Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe as one of NBC's Premier League analysts, and will work alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe.

Martino joined NBC Sports Group in 2012 as lead MLS game analyst and served as a men's soccer analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Match #22 Preview: Philadelphia Union At D.C. United

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Setting: Sunday, August 19 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.; kickoff scheduled for 5:19 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network/TSN2 (Arlo White, Kyle Martino) and RDS2 in the U.S. and Canada, and SportsRadio 610 WIP (Tony Limarzi, Peter Pappas) locally / La Nueva 87.

Looking at the Long Weekend

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The Memorial Day holiday is upon us and that includes a full slate of games on national television. In addition to Major League Soccer, the USMNT will play a friendly versus Scotland at Everbank Filed in Jacksonville. The Scotland match will be televised by NBC Sports Network and will feature the network's lead soccer tandem of Arlo White and Kyle Martino.

How is NBC Doing?

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One of the biggest off-season stories was the start of the NBC/MLS relationship. To date, the broadcasts have been high quality, the announcers first rate and the ratings slightly better than expected. Most impressive has been promotional efforts of the Peacock. The NBC Sports Network has done an excellent job putting MLS in front of their NHL audience and during other telecasts.

Nowak: Expect fast & physical Rapids. Should Union play MLS teams in preseason? More.

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Philadelphia Union

What does Peter Nowak expect from Colorado? "As I said to these guys (post-game) in the locker room in Portland, the Colorado team is going to be even more physical than this team. The game is going to be fast, they're going to go up and down, they're capable of doing good things.

New York Red Bulls Debut New Away Kit (and Some Other Stuff That People Assure Me Doesn't Matter)

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Dane Richards Sporting the New KitOne thing that failed to get a mention on NBC Sports' broadcast of the Red Bulls 2-1 defeat in Dallas yesterday was the fact that RBNY debuted a new blue away kit. Based on the same template as the new 2012 home shirt, the away jersey features a lighter shade of blue than last year's sharp-looking dark navy kit with red trim, and is reminiscent of the 2008 and 2009 away strip.

Monday Morning Centre Back: MLS on NBC Sports Is a Hit

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As much as I was looking forward to the Houston Dynamo season getting underway, I was nearly as excited about the debut of MLS on the NBC Sports Channel. The league signed a new television deal with NBC Sports this off-season, leaving behind the chronic underachievers as FOX Soccer who treated MLS like a third-class citizen at best.

Business Notes for the Upcoming Season

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Every season the Sports Business Journal provides an excellent in-depth look at the upcoming Major League Soccer season. A link to the excellent grouping of stories is here. The lead story is about the new relationship between NBC and MLS.

In August MLS and NBCÂ announced a three year television rights agreement that will put Major League Soccer on the Peacock and its affiliated sports channel from 2012-2014.

Major League Soccer

Evolution: The American Soccer Snob Cometh

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The Soccer Snob is the sports-fan version of that person who corrects others grammar on Twitter.

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by KYLE MARTINO

The influx of American "Soccer Snobs," while at times detrimental to our sports image and obtusely obnoxious isa positive indicator of the ascent in popularity of our beautiful game at home represented by MLS.

Off The Bench Episode 100: "The Next Step of MLS" roundtable discussion with Garth Lagerwey (RSL), Brian Straus (SI.com) and Kyle Martino (NBC)

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In this very special 100th episode of Off The Bench, Luke Lohr moderates a panel of experts discussing the Next Step of MLS or "MLS 3.0" and what it may entail. Joining us from all aspects of the professional game we have Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey, SI.com writer and league expert Brian Straus, Kyle Martino of NBC and of course our own Pedro Gomes.

Episode 316: Kyle Martino and Dominic Oduro

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NBC Sports Network soccer analyst Kyle Martino talks about NYCFC, Chivas USA and more. In the second segment, Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro joins the show to talk about pizza, his speed, and his national team hopes.

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WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?

Episode 301: Kyle Martino and Austin Berry

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Find out why Kyle Martino is the next Ryan Seacrest and Austin Berry wished he had taken some lessons in Turkish vocabulary before heading to Spain.

Roche kicks off the 2013 season by talking to Stars in Danger host (and NBC Sports Network soccer analyst) Kyle Martino about the current U.

A Deeper Look at NBC and MLS

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On Wednesday afternoon NBC hosted a conference call to discuss its upcoming first year of Major League Soccer coverage. Footiebusiness contributor Dave Laidig was on the call and presents this summary of the event.

NBCSports starts their coverage this Sunday with FC Dallas and
NYRB , and previewed their coverage to the press on Wednesday.

Landon Donovan

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

Noonan's late equalizer salvages Galaxy draw vs. FC Dallas at Home Depot Center

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. --Pat Noonan scored in stoppage time to help the Los Angeles Galaxy steal a late point from FC Dallas in a 1-1 draw at Home Depot Center on Saturday night.Â

Shea converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute after Galaxy back-up goalkeeper Bill Guadette brought down forward Blas Perez in the box a the Panamanian drove towards goal after a defensive miscue by the Galaxy's David Junior Lopes.

Philadelphia Union

Moreno & Martino explain the Union midfield

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The Union's back and front lines are among the league's best. But there's always that midfield. Leave it to TV analysts Alejandro Moreno and Kyle Martino to describe the midfield perfectly. PSP's Dan Walsh fills you in on how.

Winning

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The Union won on Saturday, so why aren't the excitement levels higher? Conor O'Grady explores.

Alejandro Moreno New Color Commentator, TV Broadcast Details Released

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The yearly changing of the guard for the Philadelphia Union's television color commentator has brought back a former player to take over the role from Bob Rigby.

Alejandro Moreno is the latest person to hold he title of Union color commentator, according to a press release on the team's official website.

Rigby out as Union color commentator

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Bob Rigby will not return to the Union broadcast for 2013.

Match #34: Philadelphia Union Vs. New York Red Bull

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In their final match of the 2012 season, the Union (10-17-6) will host regional rival New York (15-9-9), who are playoff bound. The match will be televised nationally on NBC. This stream will also include a game thread and a game recap.

Setting: Saturday, October 27 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 1:52 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC (Arlo White, Kyle Martino, Russ Thaler) nationally, with coverage beginning at 1:30 PM Eastern / SportsRadio 610 WIP (Tony Limarzi, Peter Pappas) in Philadelphia / 93.

Match #34 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. New York Red Bulls

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Setting: Saturday, October 27 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 1:52 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC (Arlo White, Kyle Martino, Russ Thaler) nationally, with coverage beginning at 1:30 PM Eastern / SportsRadio 610 WIP (Tony Limarzi, Peter Pappas) in Philadelphia / 93.

Penalty Call Against Valdes Provides Dynamo with 3-1 Lead

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When the goals rain in, they pour against the Philadelphia Union.

As if nothing could get worse after the problems the team has had tonight, the third goal that the Union gave up was mired in controversy.

Referee Mark Geiger, much maligned in American soccer circles for what has been criticized as inconsistent and incorrect game calling, pointed to the spot after a Carlos Valdes challenge on Will Bruin.

Newsiest news of the morning, more news

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Philadelphia Union

Marc Narducci, writing about the renewed confidence and optimism at the Union, says, "It may not all be Hackworth, but Nowak brought a high level of tension to the organization. Everybody from the players to management were always on their toes when Nowak was in the room.

Nowak: Too early to judge. Califf: Super stoked and amped. More news.

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Photo: Paul Rudderow, from Wednesday night's Fan Fest. Look for our photo essay of the event later today.

Philadelphia Union

Peter Nowak says not to rush to judgement of the team after just one game. "I've said it before, I think we have the right pieces to make a run, but we need to progress and I think that is going to come with time.

Califf: Portland will be “crazy.” It’s raining previews & predictions. More news.

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Philadelphia Union

Danny Califf says of Monday's game, "It's always really exciting every time the games come around," said Califf, who will be 32 on March 17. "It's the first one, especially when things are buzzing. Portland the place is going to be crazy. They're going to be flying.

Russ Thaler

Business Blogging

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Been a while since I've penned a business blog of a live broadcast, so I thought I would provide some thoughts on the NBC Sports Network telecast from Red Bull Arena with some added thoughts on the Kansas City/Houston match. Obviously, it didn't work out as planned!

The snow filled game opened with a the great NBC playoff intro and included some great shots of the snow bombarding the field .

Match #32: Philadelphia Union At Houston Dynamo

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The Union (10-15-6) travel to BBVA Compass Stadium for the second time this season, looking to put a dent in the playoff hopes of the Dynamo (13-8-11).

Setting: Saturday, October 20 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas; kickoff scheduled for 7:52 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network/TSN2 (Arlo White, Kyle Martino, Russ Thaler) nationally in the U.

Match #32 Preview: Philadelphia Union At Houston Dynamo

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Setting: Saturday, October 20 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas; kickoff scheduled for 7:52 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network/TSN2 (Arlo White, Kyle Martino, Russ Thaler) nationally in the U.S. and Canada, with coverage starting at 7:30 PM Eastern / SportsRadio 610 WIP (Tony Limarzi, Peter Pappas) in Philadelphia / SportsTalk 790 KBME-AM (Matt Pedersen) and La Ranchera 850 KEYH-AM (Daniel Mejía, Alex Parra) in Houston

Houston's Record: 13-8-11 (50 points, fifth in East)

Houston's Last Match: T, 1-1 vs.

The Rest

2012 MLS Cup Final: Who Doesn't Respect the Dynamo?

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While in the midst of my solo celebration for the Dynamo's Leg 2 tie and over all win of the Eastern Conference title I happened to catch some of the post game interviews and the first one that caught my attention was Kyle Martino talking to Brad Davis. The first thing that Kyle said to him wasn't "Congratulations", "Nice job" or "Way to go".

DC Down Some Red Bull(s)

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Article by Leanne Elston



In three games during the regular season, DC United and New York scored a combined 14 goals, but it was a 1-0 scoreline that pushed DC into the Eastern Conference finals (to face Houston Sunday on NBCSN, 4:00 PM ET). After drawing 1-1 in the first leg, one of the biggest rivalries in MLS was essentially reset to square one for the second leg.

“Can You Play?” Don’t Leave It Up To Us!

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Editor's note: The following piece was originally published in November of 2010. In light of the allegation about Peter Nowak and the Philadelphia Union perhaps risking the health of players, TSG republishes it here today.

This is a guest post by Fox Soccer host and former USMNT player Kyle Martino

Visit Kyle's new web site here.

Pablo Dealing With Post-Concussion/Emory Released

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Two pieces of news out of Commerce City today.
  • Mastroeni is experiencing post-concussion -like symptoms and has been held out of practice the last two days.
Obviously this is not a good sign. Kyle Martino reported during Sunday's game that Pablo felt he was one bad concussion away from retirement, and now he's having post-concussion symptoms 10 days after suffering a head knock against Columbus.

Business Blogging: NBC Broadcasts MLS

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At 3:00 Eastern on Sunday, NBC kicked off its three years of MLS coverage on Sunday with a live broadcast from Frisco, Texas. As we often do for big soccer telecasts, we prepared a business blog of the event. Generally, the reviews of NBC's fist broadcat were extremely positive. Both the booth and studio teams drew high reviews and production values were first rate.