ESPN to Air 34 International Matches October 9 – 14


ESPN to Air 34 International Matches October 9 – 14

Extensive Coverage of US Men’s National Team Friendly – Landon Donovan’s Final National Team Match; Match Day 2 for UEFA EURO 2016 Qualification Series

ESPN’s coverage of this month’s FIFA International match dates will feature 33 live matches beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, through Tuesday, Oct. 14, highlighted by Landon Donovan’s final match with the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, 6:40 p.m. ET (kickoff at 7 p.m.), on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio.

ESPN Presents US Men’s National Team Friendly

Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Mónica González will call the match featuring Landon Donovan and the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador, from Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Host Bob Ley and analysts Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller will provide pre-game, halftime and post-game studio commentary from site. U.S. Men’s National Team Friendly highlights on ESPN networks:

  • ESPN3 Surround – Match coverage will include an exclusive camera focusing on Landon Donovan beginning with pre-game warm-ups through the duration of his on-field match action. This camera feed on Donovan will be carried live on ESPN3. An additional ESPN3 channel will feature a “Tactical Cam” stream from the match as part of the ESPN Surround initiative – a second screen option for following the match;
  • ESPN FC (ESPNEWS, Thursday at 6 p.m.) will feature top-five Landon Donovan goals in his U.S. Men’s National Team career. Darke, who called Donovan’s legendary 2010 World Cup goal against Algeria, and Twellman will join the program from Rentschler Field to offer their perspectives;
  • SportsCenter and ESPN FC segments ahead of USA-Ecuador beginning Thursday from Rentschler Field;
  • Landon Donovan will be a live guest on SportsCenter, Friday at 9 a.m., as part of an abbreviated ESPN “Car Wash.” (On Thursday, Oct. 9, three U.S. Men’s National Team players – Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez and DeAndre Yedlin – will be live guests on SportsCenter’s 1 p.m. ET edition.)
  • ESPN3 will carry live Donovan’s U.S. Men’s National Team farewell press conference on Friday at 12 p.m.


Reporters Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre and Graham Parker will cover the match. Highlights:

  • Parker’s essay on Landon Donovan’s burden of being the country’s best soccer player;
  • Carlisle reports on an interview with the retiring U.S. Soccer star;
  • Former teammates reflect on Donovan’s career;
  • Additional USA-Ecuador match coverage will include live, in-game “Boot Room” chat, Carlisle’s rapid reaction from the match, McIntyre grades the players on their match performance, post-game reports, et al.

Other FIFA Match Dates highlights: 

ESPN coverage of the international match dates will include 26 qualifying matches for the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 (UEFA EURO 2016).

  • ESPN2 will televise three UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying matches – Slovakia vs. Spain (Thursday at 2:45 p.m.), Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Belgium (Monday at 2:45 p.m.), and Denmark vs. Portugal (Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.);
  • ESPN3 will exclusively carry 18 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying matches live including Belgium vs. Andorra (Friday at 2:45 p.m.); and World Cup champions Germany at Poland (Saturday at 2:45 p.m.);
  • ESPN Deportes, the 24-hour Spanish-language sports network, will televise eight matches live including Italy vs. Azerbaijan (Friday at 2:45 p.m.) and England at Estonia (Sunday at 12 p.m.).

Schedule (subject to change):

Date Time (ET) Program Networks
Thu, Oct 9 2:45 p.m. Belarus vs. Ukraine+ ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Slovakia vs. Spain ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN Deportes Radio
2:45 p.m. Lithuania vs. Estonia ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Liechtenstein vs. Montenegro ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Moldova vs. Austria+ ESPN3
8:55 p.m. Mexico vs. Honduras (International Friendly) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Fri, Oct 10 6:25 a.m. Japan vs. Jamaica (International Friendly) ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Turkey vs. Czech Republic+ ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes Radio
  2:45 p.m. Belgium vs. Andorra+ ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Italy vs. Azerbaijan ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Malta vs. Norway ESPN3
  7 p.m. USA vs. Ecuador (International Friendly) ESPN / WatchESPN / ESPN Deportes Radio
Sat, Oct 11 12 p.m. Ireland vs. Gibraltar ESPN3
  12 p.m. Romania vs. Hungary ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Poland vs. Germany+ ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes Radio
  2:45 p.m. Albania vs. Denmark+ ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. France vs. Portugal (International Friendly) ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
Sun, Oct 12 12 p.m. Estonia vs. England ESPN Deportes / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes Radio
  12 p.m. Austria vs. Montenegro+ ESPN3
  12 p.m. Russia vs. Moldova+ ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Belarus vs. Slovakia ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Lithuania vs. Slovenia+ ESPN3
  4:55 p.m. Mexico vs. Panama (International Friendly) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  7 p.m. Dallas FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN Deportes Radio
Mon, Oct 13 12 p.m. Kazakhstan vs. Czech Republic ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Belgium ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN Deportes Radio
  2:45 p.m. Croatia vs. Azerbaijan ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Malta vs. Italy+ ESPN3
Tue, Oct 14 12 p.m. Armenia vs. France (International Friendly) ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. San Marino vs. Switzerland ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Faroe Island vs. Hungary ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Finland vs. Romania ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Denmark vs. Portugal ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  8 p.m. USA vs. Honduras (International Friendly) ESPN / WatchESPN

+ – Matches available on ESPN Deportes+, ESPN Deportes’ brand for Spanish language live events available exclusively through ESPN3.

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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