Arsenal-Manchester City Sunday highlight of weekend English Premier League action on NBCSN as new app for finding games and fans unveiled

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Download the app here:

Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nbc-sports-matchmaker/id952349002?mt=8

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nbc.android.matchmaker&hl=en

Your interactive guide to all the weekend EPL action is here.

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Sunday afternoon Major League Soccer games scheduled on Fox Sports 1 in 2015

Alexi Newly-added Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas along with Rob Stone and the rest of the studio team will become a Sunday afternoon fixture for MLS fans this year (Photo courtesy Fox Sports 1).

Los Angeles-based Fox Sports 1 will air 34 Sunday afternoon MLS games this year, most beginning at 4 p.m., the network announced today.

Sunday afternoon MLS games in the past have not fared well on television so it will be interesting to see how Fox does as MLS returns to the network after a five-year absence as part of an eight-year rights agreement.

The schedule includes three doubleheaders with the first set for 4 p.m. March 8 when Sporting Kansas City hosts the New York Red Bulls followed by the Seattle Sounders facing Eastern Conference Champion New England Revolution at 6:30 p.m.

Five Galaxy games are scheduled starting with a March 15 game against the Portland Timbers. Two contests against Seattle are also on the Fox schedule on April 12 and Oct. 4.

Here’s more from the Fox Sports press release:

This season, MLS and its broadcast partners, including FOX Sports 1, introduce flex scheduling on the penultimate weekend of the regular season which allows the league and its media partners to decide the most impactful matches to telecast as the season draws to a close.

In addition to the flex scheduling, MLS also unveils its new “Decision Day” scheduling format on the last day of the regular season. On Sunday, Oct. 25, all five games in each conference are scheduled to be played at the same time, with Eastern Conference matches kicking-off at 5:00 PM ET and Western Conference games beginning at 7:00 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 is slated to televise an Eastern Conference match.

FOX Sports 1 and ESPN divide MLS CUP PLAYOFFS matches (outside of two games televised by Univision), and alternate televising the MLS CUP and AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME. Television plans for 2015 are expected at a later date.

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English Premier League Week 20 highlighted by Galaxy signing Steven Gerrard and Liverpool at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN

For a complete stats-laden, interactive guide to the weekend’s EPL games, click here.

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Boxing Day English Premier League Television Preview

Your interactive, web guide to every game is right here.

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Arsenal-Liverpool headlines English Premier League weekend television schedule live at 8 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN

Also recommended: Aston Villa-Manchester United live at 7 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN and Real Madrid-San Lorenzo in the final of the FIFA World Club Cup at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 2.

For your interactive guide to all the EPL games, click here.

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Midweek Kicks: U.S. Men’s National Team to play Panama Feb. 8 in Carson and more

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  • U.S. Soccer announced a schedule of seven USMNT games in the first half of 2015 including the Feb. 8 contest in Southern California and a home game against Mexico April 15 at a venue to be determined. Tickets for USA-Panama go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. More details are here.
  • The Univision Deportes telecast of MLS Cup Sunday was watched by 678,000 viewers making it the channel’s top-rated finale to an MLS season ever. The Galaxy-New England game beat six live EPL games on NBCSN last week. When combined with the audience watching on UniMas, a combined 923,000 Spanish-language soccer fans watched the game. Another 964,000 viewers watched on ESPN, making it the third most watched MLS Cup final on the channel.
  • The Chicago Fire today signed Illinois native and former Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens, who had played for the last year in Norway.
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Tweets of the Day: The career of LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan by the numbers, meet MLS star Kei Kamara Saturday in Lomita and more

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Weekend TV Soccer Preview: MLS Playoffs and English Premier League

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West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal kick of the EPL weekend at 4:45 a.m. on NBCSN, followed by Manchester United-Hull City, but game of the weekend is Manchester City against high-flying Southampton at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN

Stats and news on all the EPL games can be found here.

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NBCSN ratings show how far Major League Soccer has to go to catch English Premier League Soccer in popularity

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NBCSN announced today that last Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Manchester United was its top-rated EPL match ever attracting an average of 1.29 million viewers.

From the NBCSN press release:

Sunday’s game, which was NBC’s first BPL match on a Sunday afternoon (and had competition from live NFL games), is the second-most watched live game in the U.S. in Premier League history (Manchester United-Chelsea, 2/5/12 on Fox, 1.38 million).

By comparison, the MLS game the previous evening between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders with the Supporters’ Shield on the line averaged 699,000 viewers. It was the network’s most-watched MLS game ever.

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Weekend Soccer Preview: El Clasico Barcelona-Real Madrid, MLS LA Galaxy-Seattle SoundersFC and EPL

The biggest problem soccer fans will have this weekend is figuring out what to watch — and what to miss.

The biggest game on the planet gets under way at 9 a.m. on BeInSports. Don’t have the channel? No worries. The BJ’s at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance and in Glendale will open early for the game. They have a weekend brunch — so it’s a great place for a quick bite (pun intended).

Want an appetizer?

And then…

Chelsea and Manchester United clash at 9 a.m. Sunday on NBC. Preview all the BPL games here.

Finally…

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