After insisting there would not be any TV broadcast or live webcast for the U.S. women’s national team’s game against China on Sunday, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Saturday afternoon that the game will be broadcast exclusively on ussoccer.com.
The match kicks kicks-off at 7 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Penn. Longtime soccer voice Mark Rogondino will call the game. He was at Saturday’s open training session at PPL Park.
The news comes following significant griping from the soccer community that the game would not be available for viewing, with many citing the fact that Saturday’s U.S. men’s friendly against Scotland would be broadcast on NBC Sports Network (8 p.m., EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.).
So, U.S. Soccer’s last-minute decision to stream the game will bring delight to many fans throughout the country, although this really feels like we were all duped a bit. The same thing happened for the Feb. 11 friendly against New Zealand.
That match was not scheduled to be webcast or broadcast on TV, but on the verge of selling-out (20,677), U.S. Soccer announced it would webcast the game. The Federation just announced on Thursday that Sunday’s game had sold out. How many people bought tickets because there was not supposed to be any other way to watch the game? Just food for thought, but after you digest it, go ahead and enjoy the match.