ESPN is pulling out all the stops for its coverage of the USA’s World Cup qualifiers Friday against Costa Rica and Tuesday at Mexico.
The Mexico-USA telecast will feature a one-hour pre-game show originating live from Mexico City, marking the first time ESPN is airing a one-hour pre-game preceding a World Cup qualifying match.
ESPN will use 10 on-air commentators during the six-day window it will preview and cover the matches.
USA vs. Costa Rica: 9:00 pm CDT kickoff
Commentators: Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman.
Sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez;
Studio team: Host Bob Ley, analysts Kasey Keller, Alexi Lalas.
Mexico vs. USA: 9:30 pm CDT kickoff
Commentators: Darke, Twellman, Alejandro Moreno;
Sideline reporters: Gonzalez (USA) and John Sutcliffe (Mexico);
Studio: Ley, Keller, Lalas and ESPN Deportes’ Jorge Ramos.
Among the features to air will be Jeremy Schaap’s report on Mexican-Americans who choose to play for either country and an essay on the depth and intensity of the Mexico-USA soccer rivalry featuring former Mexico star Jared Borgetti and Lalas (USA).
In addition to the US Men’s games, you can also catch Spain vs Finland today on ESPN2.
2:40 PM CDT – Spain vs. Finland – ESPN2
As well as a large group of additional games on ESPN3.
12:00 PM CDT – Croatia vs. Serbia
2:30 PM CDT – Netherlands vs. Estonia
2:30 PM CDT – Hungary vs. Romania
2:30 PM CDT – Czech Republic vs. Denmark
2:45 PM CDT – Poland vs. Ukraine
2:45 PM CDT – Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Greece
2:45 PM CDT – Macedonia vs. Belgium
2:45 PM CDT – Northern Ireland vs. Russia
3:00 PM CDT – France vs. Georgia
3:00 PM CDT – Scotland vs. Wales
3:00 PM CDT – San Marino vs. England