ESPN and EPL

17836_logoSo as I search everywhere for news about the EPL I found some good information from EPLtalk.com:

“We understand that ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel are still feverishly working on concluding the contract so that the early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon ET Premier League games will be available on ESPN2. However, no agreement has been completed as of writing, and we’re now less than 24 hours away from the kickoff of the 2009/2010 Premier League season.

We’re still very hopeful that an agreement can be made in time, so that ESPN2 can carry the game, but the closer it gets to the kickoff time without the paperwork signed, the more nervous soccer fans become. There is the possibility that Fox Soccer Channel would still show the game either on television or online at FoxSoccer.tv since they still technically own the rights (until the agreement for sub-licensing the broadcasting of the game to ESPN is concluded).”

Hopefully this gets resolved in time because I really want to see Jozy and because I feel this will be a huge stride in making soccer huge in the US. Just in case EPLtalk.com also offers alternatives to watch (illegally) or listen the game:

  • Sirius Satellite. The Chelsea against Hull City match will be available to all Sirius radio customers on channel 125. If you’re not a Sirius Satellite Radio customer, they do offer a free trial of their product online, but unfortunately channel 125 isn’t one of the stations available.
  • Hull City Player. You can subscribe to Hull City’s audio commentary of the gamefrom its website for as little as £3.99. ‘Player’ was formerly known as ‘World’ and now works on both a Mac and PC. Chelsea FC may have their own commentary available, but you’ll have to check back here. Right now, it still says ‘Coming Soon.’
  • BBC London 94.9. BBC’s local London radio station streams live on the Internetand often features live commentary from matches as well as match reports from around the grounds. There’s no guarantee they’ll be broadcasting the Chelsea match (they always broadcast from a match featuring a team from London; the times when I’ve listened, it’s been either Tottenham Hotspur or Crystal Palace). Plus, their sports program doesn’t begin until 9am ET, but at least you may be able to catch the second half of the game from its stream.
  • Justin.tv. We hate to recommend this one because any streaming video of the match online would be illegal, but unless Fox or ESPN show the game, this will be one of the few sources where football fans can watch the game online.
  • Ustream. Similar to Justin.tv, Ustream will carry streaming video of the match. Note however that Ustream videos are illegal. We hate to recommend illegal avenues, but if that’s the only way we can be able to watch the match live, what else are football supporters supposed to do?
  • I will try to update if any news on this matter breaks… How do you all plan to watch if it is not on TV?

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    Weekend TV… ESPN?

    Here's Hoping

    Here's Hoping

    So there is also an update from Ives about which games will be available to US fans if you own every channel available on cable and satellite and whatever else there is, but there is one glaring exception… no Chelsea v Hull or ESPN at all.  Ives who works with ESPN has not said anything about the game, although he was the one who initially said that it should be available on ESPN.  However on the ESPN website they have a new guide for the EPL season which has in the preview:

    “The new Barclays Premier League season is here and we have all you need to know, including which games will be shown on ESPN.”

    Yet when you go to the link there is no info about ESPN games on TV.  I think this means one of two things; either 1. they are planning to announce it later with a big announcement, maybe for the nights Sportscenter or after the PGA Championship round is over or 2. They are still negotiating the deal and are leaving the door open to announce the deal if it happens in time.  I really hope that we get to see Jozy debut, and if its on ESPN there will probably be lots of coverage about him. But for the rest of the games on TV:

    FRIDAY

    • 8pm- FSC- Miami FC Blues vs. Minnesota Thunder

    SATURDAY

    • 9:30am- GolTV- Hamburg SV vs. Borussia Dortmund
    • 10am- FSC- Stoke City vs. Burnsley
    • 10am- Setanta Sports- Fulham vs. Portsmouth
    • 10am- Setanta Sports- Blackburn vs. Manchester City
    • 10am- FSC, FSE- Aston Villa vs. Wigan Athletic
    • 12:20pm- Setanta Sports- Newcastle United vs. Reading
    • 12:30pm- GolTV- FC Koln vs. VfL Wolfsburg
    • 12:30pm- FSC, FSE- Everton vs. Arsenal
    • 3pm- Setanta Sports- Toulouse vs. Saint-Etienne
    • 4pm- Direct Kick, Telefutura- D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
    • 5pm- GolTV- Palmeiras vs. Botafogo
    • 5pm- Setanta Sports- West Ham vs. Wolves
    • 6pm- FSC, FSE- Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo
    • 6pm- Telemundo- Monterrey vs. CD Toluca
    • 7pm- Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas
    • 7pm- MSG- New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA
    • 7:30pm- GolTV- Millonarios Bogota vs. Nacional Funchal
    • 8pm- Telemundo- Chivas Guadalajara vs. Queretaro FC
    • 9:30pm- GolTV- Medellin vs. Envigado
    • 9:45pm- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. San Luis
    • 11pm- Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

    SUNDAY

    • 3:30am- FSC- Sydney FC vs. Adelaide United FC
    • 4am- Setanta Sports- Portsmouth vs. Fulham
    • 6am- FSC- Blackburn vs. Manchester City
    • 8:30am- Setanta Sports- Manchester United vs. Birmingham City
    • 11am- FSC, FSE- Tottenham vs. Liverpool
    • 11am- Setanta Sports- Nice vs. Rennes
    • 11:30am- GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. VfL Bochum
    • 1pm- FSE- Morelia vs. Indios
    • 1pm- Telemundo- Pumas UNAM vs. Tigres UANL
    • 1pm- Setanta Sports- Olympique Lyon vs. Valenciennes
    • 2pm- Setanta Sports- Marseill vs. Lille
    • 2:30pm- GolTV- Napoli vs. Salernitana
    • 3pm- Telefutura- Kansas City Wizards vs. Chicago Fire
    • 4:30pm- GolTV- Gremio vs. Flamengo
    • 5pm- Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul
    • 5pm- Univision- America vs. Atlas

    What are you planning to watch? Most of the EPL Americans are on and Everton v Arsenal seems like an excited game and a big challenge for Tim Howard. Anything else people plan to see?

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    Americans Abroad Weekend

    78112036BL003_U_S_MNT_V_MEXNow that our Americans have returned to their clubs its time for some real seasons to start! Ives Galarcep has a list of the players in action this weekend outside of the MLS:

    FRIDAY

    Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt face SpVgg Greuther Feurth.

    SATURDAY

    Jozy Altidore and Hull City faces Chelsea.

    Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham face Portsmouth.

    Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa face Wigan Athletic.

    Jonathan Spector and West Ham United face Marcus Hahnemannand Wolves.

    Tim Howard and Everton face Arsenal.

    Charlie Davies and Sochaux face Bordeaux.

    Steve Cherundolo and Hannover face Borussia Dortmund.

    Kenny Cooper and 1860 Munich face Hansa Rostock

    Jay DeMerit and Watford face Sheffield United.

    Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday face Peterborough United.

    Jemal Johnson and MK Dons face Swindon Town.

    Mike Grella and Leeds face Jon-Paul Pittman Wycombe Wanderers

    Zak Whitbread and Millwall face Carlisle United.

    Ian Joyce and Southend face Walsall.

    Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers face Falkirk.

    Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White and AGF Aarhus face FC Copenhagen.

    Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland face Koge.

    Marcus Tracy and AaB face Sonderjyske.

    Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek face Tromso.

    Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca face Michael Orozco and San Luis.

    Jesus Padilla and Chivas de Guadalajara face Queretaro.

    SUNDAY

    Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach face Hertha Berlin.

    Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes face Nice.

    Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern face Ahlen.

    David Yelldell and TUS Koblenz face Arminia Bielefeld.

    Troy Perkins and Valarenga face Lillestrom.

    Marco Vidal and Indios face Morelia.

    Edgar Castillo and Tigres face UNAM Pumas.

    MONDAY

    Kamani Hill and Guimaraes face Vitoria Setubal.

    Dan Califf and FC Midtjylland face Odense BK.

    Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK face Djurgarden.

    Who are you most excited to see this weekend? Personally I can’t wait for Chelsea to play Hull City (hopefully on ESPN) tomorrow at 10am eastern.  His first game, hopefully lots of playing time, vs a favorite of many to win the EPL and possibly the Champions League as well.

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    Tim Howard says Ref’s Unfair

    Howard205Tim Howard has said that he doesn’t think the officiating was too fair in the loss vs Mexico yesterday.Says SI.com:

    “It seems like when we come to a place like this, the most intimidated person in the stadium is the referee,” said goalkeeper Tim Howard after the USA’s 2-1 loss to Mexico. “The bar was probably tilted in their favor, and that’s unfortunate because it was a hard-fought game. We went in hard, they went in hard, and for some reason, we keep coming out with the foul.”

    I don’t like to blame the Ref’s usually, just because its not the right thing to do and you can’t fix it or really prove anything, but the fact that we lost Onyewu for the next game is very frustrating. Also we have to deal with the fact that its everyone against the US in every aspect of our games.

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    Back to Bussiness

    The only Jersey he scores in...

    The only Jersey he scores in...

    So with the US loss at Mexico behind us it is time for the start of the Club soccer to begin (besides MLS) and for our players over there to really improve their form. To start this off Clint Dempsey has signed an extension with Fulham:

    The Club is delighted to announce that Clint Dempsey has signed a contract extension that will see him remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.Dempsey signed for the Whites in January 2007 and guaranteed his status as a fan favorite with the all important winning goal against Liverpool that ensured Fulham’s top flight status that season.The 2007/08 campaign saw Dempsey make 36 appearances and score six goals. He bettered that tally in the 2008/09 season, netting eight times in all competitions.Dempsey also played a pivotal role in the United States’ recent Confederations Cup success – with goals against Egypt, Spain and Brazil helping guide his side to the runners-up spot.

    Dempsey has been the most successful American in the EPL that is not a Keeper possibly ever, and more time there will hopefully make him stronger.

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    USA 3- Mexico 2 (Aggregate)

    So Mexico won 2-1… When you consider the lack of importance for the US, the win or they’re probably done mentality for Mexico, and the fact that they played at awful Azteca, this is not the worst result ever.  This game undeniable confirmed that the US are the superior team in CONCACAF, or at least in the US v Mexico rivalry (I wont take anything away from Costa Rica yet). 

    When you take the two games together, our 2-0 win in Columbus and the loss today, this would be a win overall if we considered it a home and home, the way that the Champions League is played, for example.  If there is anyone who thinks that Columbus is a harder place to play away than Azteca I would love to hear why, but for now I think that fact makes the overall score even more impressive…

    For a recap of the game you can read it on ESPN, but I’m just going to touch on a few things then I would like to hear other peoples thoughts. First I think Charlie Davies has transformed as a player this summer more than any other American and his goal today just confirmed that. Also Landon’s pass was world class and I feel he could still be immensely successful in Europe if he found the right place. I’m glad that I called the two guys who would be left out, although that was not the biggest deal ever.  And lastly Tim Howard made some unbelievable saves like always, to help confirm that he is the best in the world.

    So tell me what you all think about the game.

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    Gameday!

    If only we could be like the Mexicans in NY...

    If only we could be like the Mexicans in NY...

    So today is the big game! The game is at 3pm and will be shown on Mun2 in English and Telemundo in Spanish.  There will be a pregame show on ESPN the first ever pre-game show they do for a soccer game that they are not actually showing.  If you are like me than you do not get Mun2 (although they are adding it to all satellite customers for the game today free) because I have cable.  So I will be out and not able to add posts about the game today.  I will be able to comment though and will try to update that way.  Go USA!!!

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