Evening Links and Thoughts

Evening Links and Thoughts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 6, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • Clark Hunt

Only a couple links for you tonight of note. Today has been a fairly slow news day around the league and elsewhere.

US-Mexico SportsCenter Special

So check out this bit of info from the World Wide Leader:

“ESPN networks will provide comprehensive studio news and information coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match featuring the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team vs. Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 12, from Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The “game around the game” coverage will be highlighted by a 30-minute SportsCenter 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Special on ESPN, Aug. 12, at 3:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Bob Ley and Alexi Lalas (from outside Azteca Stadium in Mexico City) and SportsCenter anchor Josh Elliott and ESPN soccer analyst John Harkes (in Bristol, Conn.). The special marks the first time in its 30-year history that ESPN will air a live pre-match show for a soccer event it is not televising.”

We bitched about them not picking up the game but in all fairness NBC was asking a too much. This however does make up for it in a way to those who cannot get mun2 or Telemundo next week.

Also we get a cool blog/diary sort of thing over on ESPN.com right now about the USMNT. Fevered Pitch is the name of it by Wayne Drehs who traveled with Team USA, from June 1 for two World Cup qualifiers (Costa Rica & Honduras), through the Confed Cup in South Africa, to the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and looking ahead to next week’s big match against Mexico. The name of it sucks but the content in it is pretty sweet.

ESPN Adding More EPL

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We got more ESPN news today, via EPL Talk, that ESPN has acquired rights to show up to two English Premiership games per week. .

Rafa Marquez Out For US-Mexico Game

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FC Barcelona and Mexican National Team defender Rafa Marquez has torn a calf muscle and will not be available for the August 12th qualifier against the United States. That should be good news for some US strikers looking to get on the scoresheet at the Azteca.

Clark Hunt To Buy West Ham?

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Clark Hunt (owner of Columbus Crew and FC Dallas) wants to get into the EPL with a purchase of West Ham United. Apparently, he is willing to pay 120 million pounds. So you are telling me the Hunts are willing to blow money on a EPL side but can’t spend the proper money to promote their clubs here in the States? Someone needs to buy at least FC Dallas from them ASAP so the club doesn’t go into the stinker if they do indeed buy West Ham.

Nelson Gonzalez On Trail With RSL

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The 20-year-old Argentinian midfielder/defender formerly of Quilmes is apparently impressing those at Real Salt Lake. Nelson Gonzalez could sign with the club by the end of the week if things continue to go well according to some. Head coach Jason Kreis is hot on the young guy but will he be enough to turn this club into a playoff team again this season?

  • Jason Davis

    How do you know NBC Universal was asking too much?

  • WVHooligan

    General assumption. I honestly have no idea yet how much they were asking, I just figure it was a number that was too ridiculous, even for ESPN.

  • How do you know NBC Universal was asking too much?

    • General assumption. I honestly have no idea yet how much they were asking, I just figure it was a number that was too ridiculous, even for ESPN.

  • Corey Lucia

    Im very glad to hear the ESPN news regarding the EPL. This, along with the La Liga games on Sundays, is very exciting for all soccer fans in the US. Looking forward to it

  • Corey Lucia

    Im very glad to hear the ESPN news regarding the EPL. This, along with the La Liga games on Sundays, is very exciting for all soccer fans in the US. Looking forward to it