World Cup Update: Fontana’s Maurice Edu Profiled, World Cup Viewing Parties in San Pedro and more


Sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News checked in with Southern Californian Maurice Edu at the U.S. Men’s National Team camp in the Bay Area.

In other World Cup related news:

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Chivas USA gets local TV contract beginning with Saturday’s game in Dallas. Now, will anyone watch?

chivasdallasChivas USA announced today that KDOC will televise 10 of the club’s remaining MLS games this season beginning with the 5:30 p.m. Saturday game against FC Dallas.

Given how many spectators are showing up to Chivas USA’s sparsely attended home games in Carson this season, it will be interesting to see what the ratings are.

The club is hosting a viewing party in Long Beach, however:

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For more on the game itself, check out the MLS preview:

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Watch: ESPN “Global Issues” World Cup spot

ESPN is planning blanket coverage of the World Cup.

From its press release today:

Fans will have access to unprecedented live coverage of every game wherever they go, including all 64 matches on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ABC available on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices live on WatchESPN as well as exclusive offerings that include multiple languages and alternate feeds from ESPN3 Surround.  Additionally, ESPN FC will launch its new app – available free to download on iOS and Android smartphones – and will reintroduce its newly redesigned global website later this month.

 

Every single match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – from the group stage to the final – on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ABC (through special simulcasts on ESPN3) will be available live on WatchESPN and ESPN3, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the award-winning WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to more than 92 million households nationwide via an affiliated video or internet provider.  All ten ABC telecasts will also be accessible via WATCH ABC in select markets through an affiliated provider.

 

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Barclays Premier League Preview: Week 36

EPLlogoWe’re getting down to crunch time in the EPL.

Live on NBC at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, relegation strugglers Norwich City will seek to take advantage of the turmoil at Manchester United this week and give interim manager Ryan Giggs some food for thought in the wake of the sacking of David Moyes. Good luck with that Canaries (and I’m a City fan).

League-leading Liverpool will seek to knock Jose Mourinho’s third-place Chelsea out of the title hunt in the game of the weekend at 6 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN.

Also, at noon Monday on NBCSN fourth-place Arsenal hosts Newcastle United.

Your complete guide to all the games this weekend is here.

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Three more signs today that U.S. interest in soccer continues to grow: MLS expansion, Spanish football and EPL

For every news story like this one that indicate Americans still do not give a damn about soccer, there are other heartening signs that seem to contradict that.

Here are three today:

  • Land online here at 2 p.m. to find out what Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry are talking about in the above video and share in the open secret that MLS will formally announce an expansion in Atlanta.
  • Of course, some of you may be busy then. Look who is televising live at 12:30 p.m. the Spanish cup final between Barcelona and Real Madrid: ESPN.
  • Finally, NBC today unveiled what it described as the “most extensive and comprehensive championship Sunday (English Premier League) programming plans ever in the U.S.” with 10 games on 10 different channels as the season concludes May 11. Notwithstanding the fact that if memory serves Fox did almost exactly the same thing when it held rights to the EPL, that sounds like a fun day   When was the last time you saw a soccer game on cable channels like SyFy and Oxygen anyway? To find out what games are on what NBC channels for any weekend, click here.
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Week 33 English Premier League Preview: Arsenal play Everton Sunday on NBCSN in battle of top 5 teams

EPLlogoRecommended viewing: 7 a.m. Saturday Newcastle United-Manchester United; 9:30 a.m. Saturday NBC Chelsea-Stoke City; 5:30 a.m. Sunday NBCSN Everton-Arsenal.

Bonus: the latter game Saturday is the lead-in for the Pacific Northwest derby at noon on NBCSN between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.

A complete guide to every weekend game in the Barclays Premier League is here.

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Club Tijuana — Southern California’s team — in CONCACAF Champions League action tonight

xoloslogoSo that’s a bit of an overstatement.

But with all the MLS clubs eliminated from the tournament, a Liga MX team with a raft of Americans on their roster who are watched regularly by thousands of U.S.-based fans who cross the border are the closest thing we’ve got to a local club still in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Club Tijuana plays Cruz Azul at 7 o’clock tonight on Fox Sports 2, FoxSoccer2go.com and on Univision Deportes (Fox Soccer Plus shows the game on delay at 9 p.m..).

Alajuelense-Toluca is on Galavision at 5 p.m., BTW.

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English Premier League setting viewing records on NBCSN

EPLlogoLast Sunday’s Manchester-United clash was the fifth most-watched EPL game ever on cable, according to NBCSN.

The sports network announced that an average of 779,000 viewers watched Liverpool dismantle once-mighty United 3-0.

NBCSN has had four of the top five most-watched EPL games in cable history in the two years since it began broadcasting.

The game was part of a doubleheader with the north London Arsenal-Spurs derby and an average of 725,000 viewers watched both games, making it the top-viewed cable doubleheader in EPL history.

To put all these figures in perspective, consider that the 37 MLS games on NBCSN in 2013 averaged a puny 112,000 viewers, according to Wikipedia.

And, just to get you ready early for the upcoming slate of games this coming weekend in the EPL, which includes a match between first-place Chelsea and third-place-Arsenal Saturday, check out the comprehensive, stat-packed preview to all the games here.

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