Category: Int’l


Soccer on TV, Week 1

It’s that time again. I’m going to use the EPL calendar to title this new weekly TV Broadcast post, for a number of reasons I won’t bore you with. That’s the key story of course, the opening of the English Premier League on Saturday morning. NBC Sports and its various affiliates will show all 360 of the games this season. The Basso Soccer on TV calendar will have all of them listed for your convenience, including the channels you can find them on. Now to the highlights of the coming week.

English Premier League opens Saturday at 6:45 am with Liverpool vs Stoke City on NBC Sports. It’s followed this week by Arsenal vs Aston Villa at 9am and then at 11:30 am by Swansea City vs Manchester United. The ManU game is being shown on NBC, available over the air for all you non-cable/satellite folks. Enjoy! Continue reading “Soccer on TV, Week 1”

Tommy Tombridge Faces Leo Messi Tonight at 6pm

tommy tombridge northwesternTommy Tombridge, Northwestern 2013/Kickapoo 2009, will be in goal tonight representing “the rest of the world” in the live broadcast of Leo Messi and Friends from Soldier Field in Chicago.

Game time is 6:00 pm and it will be broadcast live on ESPN

Via the Chicago Business Journal – The list of international soccer stars who will play in the Messi & Friends vs. the Rest of the World soccer game at Soldier Field on July 6 has changed just days before the event and will also feature former Northwestern University soccer players, event organizers said. That includes former Chaminade/Northwestern player David Roth.

UPDATED – a more recent story provides the list of players (see below) which includes #1, Tommy Tombridge, goalkeeper!

The announcement comes after a Messi & Friends match scheduled for tonight in Los Angeles was canceled yesterday “due to irreconcilable issues with the local promoter.” The Chicago game, however, is being staged separately by Miami-based event company Numero 5 and is still scheduled to take place.

“I am happy that this upcoming event is coming together, and am glad I can be a part of it,” Lionel Messi said in a statement.

A press conference featuring Mr. Messi and other select players is scheduled for Friday night. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday at Soldier Field. It’s also scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN. Read more.

david-roth-tommy-tombridge-leo-messiAs his Head Coach at Northwestern, Tim Lenahan noted on Tommy’s Facebook profile – What makes this story great is that Tommy will probably playing in his last game as he just committed to becoming a Pilot and officer in the US Air Force which is a 10 year commitment. Great way to go out!

UPDATE – Tommy, in goal for Leo Messi’s side, was part of the ESPN Top Ten Saturday, earning the #1 spot, as his former teammate buried a bicycle.

I’ve got dozens of shots of Tommy through the years but this is the one I used to illustrate his College Recruitment story, from the Region II tournament semifinal in 2007 against the Michigan Wolves. Good luck as you pursue your next challenge Tommy, the Air Force made a good choice. There are almost 600 photos in a Flickr set of the two year run the boys had earning State titles.

Tommy Tombridge, Springfield SC
Tommy with save against MI Wolves, 2007 Region II semifinal

Gold Cup Preview: Prodigal Son Returns

The last time Landon Donovan played for the United States was nearly 10 months ago, a dramatic victory over Mexico in a friendly at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.  Since that historic victory, Landon has suffered a few injuries and questioned his passion for the game, leading him to take a break from international soccer.  During Landon’s sabbatical from international play the United States have beaten the likes of Germany and Italy, but more importantly they find themselves at the top table for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying stage. 

The United States record is 10-3-4 while Donovan was away, leading many fans to believe it is wrong to call him up for the Gold Cup.  Donovan is currently the United States leader in goals (49) and assist (48). To leave him off the roster would have been detrimental to his, and the teams, World Cup chances.  Donovan is crucial if the Americans wish to make a run in the World Cup. Continue reading “Gold Cup Preview: Prodigal Son Returns”

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USA Opens U20 World Cup Friday on ESPN2

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The ESPN networks will present all 52 matches of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup from Turkey (June 21 – July 13) with 21 games on ESPNU including the quarterfinals and semifinals, and the final live from Istanbul on ESPN. The tournament will kick off Friday, June 21, with two matches beginning at 9:45 a.m. CT on ESPN3, and the U.S. National team will begin its campaign on ESPN and WatchESPN at 12:45 p.m. against perennial power Spain.

Head Coach Tab Ramos named the U20 Roster earlier this month which includes Sporting KC’s Mikey Lopez and Real Salt Lakes Luis Gil (pictured). Gil was named to the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship All-Tournament Team.

The 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup will feature the next crop of international stars from 24 countries, including defending champion Brazil, as well as Mexico and the United States. The U.S. team, coached by former U.S. Men’s National team star Tab Ramos, will make its seventh consecutive appearance in the tournament and is helmed by defender Caleb Stanko, who co-captained the team during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Previous U.S. teams have fielded current USMNT stalwarts Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

USA & Mexico U20 World Cup TV Schedule
date, time, match, network
Fri Jun 21, 12:45 p.m., United States vs. Spain, ESPN2
Sat Jun 22, 9:45 a.m., Mexico vs. Greece, ESPN
Mon Jun 24, 9:45 a.m., France vs. United States, ESPN2
Tue Jun 25, 9:45 a.m., Mexico vs. Paraguay, ESPN2
Thu Jun 27, 11:45 a.m., Ghana vs. United States, ESPNU
Fri Jun 28, 9:45 a.m., Mali vs. Mexico, ESPNU

All games can be found on my Soccer on TV calendar page or in the footer of this website. All games will also be available live and on replay on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN.

Jozy Altidore vs Mexico

WCQ: US MNT Host Honduras Tuesday

ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will continue on Tuesday, June 18, with USA vs. Honduras, live from Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, on ESPN and WatchESPN. Leave it to the Guardian to delve into the quality of our strikeforce against Panama. Soccer America expects 3 changes in the lineup.

The US Men’s National Team sits atop the standings in the Hexagonal (final) round of the qualifying series for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). There are six teams competing in this round and the top three earn automatic berths to Brazil 2014. The fourth team plays a two-legged playoff vs. New Zealand, representing the Oceania Football Confederation.

USA vs. Honduras – Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN

Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will call the match. Bob Ley, Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller will provide studio commentary.

Last weeks 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying contest between the United States and Panama delivered ESPN’s second most-watched and second highest-rated FIFA World Cup qualifying or international friendly match telecast.