Everybody can calm down now. The U.S. women’s national team’s game against Sweden on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET will be live streamed on ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer announced today. The live stream link will be available shortly before kickoff on Saturday.
Kenn Tomasch, who you’ll recognize most recently from USL PRO broadcasts on Fox Soccer, and Kyndra de St. Aubin, who called a few WPS games early in 2011 and also calls college soccer matches, will be on the call on Saturday night.
I don’t think this game was ever realistically going to be played without some way for people outside of the University of Phoenix Stadium to watch it. My guess is no strings were able to be pulled to get it aired on cable, so live streaming it was the next best option. Sure, it may not be the option fans were hoping for, but it is the reality of TV scheduling conflicts, which likely had something to do with the game not being on TV (let’s not forget this match was only announced less than two months ago.
Oh, and there are over 14,000 tickets sold for Saturday’s match. Down the road at Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State football hosts Arizona, so that’s a pretty impressive pre-sale for the U.S. women.
Also announced on Wednesday were the broadcast plans for CONCACAF 2012 Olympic qualifying. Both the men’s and the women’s tournaments will be broadcast on Universal Sports (owned by NBC) in English and Telemundo in Spanish. Universal Sports Network will broadcast all U.S. games in both tournaments as well as the finals from each of the tournaments.
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