ESPN Coverage of 2019’s First FIFA International Match Week Features Two U.S. Men’s National Team Matches

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ESPN Coverage of 2019’s First FIFA International Match Week Features Two U.S. Men’s National Team Matches

Last Four FIFA World Cup Champions – France, Germany, Spain and Italy – Play UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying Matches on ESPN+

ESPN coverage of the first FIFA International Match Week in 2019 will feature more than 50 matches highlighted by two U.S. Men’s National Team games and the first week of UEFA EURO 2020 (UEFA European Football Championship 2020) qualifying matches.

The two U.S. Men’s National Team matches – USA vs. Ecuador at Orlando City Stadium on Thursday, March 21, and USA vs. Chile at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday, March 26 – will air on ESPN2 and on the ESPN App. Ian Darke, analyst Taylor Twellman and reporter Sebastian Salazar will call both matches.

U.S. star players Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), John Brooks (Wolfsburg) and others have been invited to camp for the games, making it the first full roster available and called into camp by Greg Berhalter since he became U.S. Men’s National Team manager in December 2018.

 Eight UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying Matches on ESPN+:

For the first time, ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, will carry eight UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying matches. Highlights:

  • ESPN+ schedule includes four matchups featuring the past four FIFA World Cup winners – France (2018), Germany (2014), Spain (2010) and Italy (2006);
  • Portugal, UEFA EURO 2016 champions, will kick-off the slate of matches hosting Ukraine on Friday;
  • Netherlands will host 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany (Sunday at 3:35 p.m.), renewing one of the most prominent rivalries between national teams in football;
  • Iceland, the smallest nation to qualify for a major football tournament and Cinderella team of UEFA EURO 2016, travels to France, 2018 World Cup winners, for the second game of the qualifying series on Monday at 3:35 p.m.

ESPN+ FIFA Match Week Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Network
 Fri, Mar 22 3:35 p.m. Portugal vs. Ukraine (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
  3:35 p.m. Moldova vs. France (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
 Sat, Mar 23 3:35 p.m. Italy vs. Finland (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
 Sun, Mar 24 3:35 p.m. Netherlands vs. Germany (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
 Mon, Mar 25 3:35 p.m. France vs. Iceland (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
  3:35 p.m. Montenegro vs. England (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
 Tue, Mar 26 3:35 p.m. Malta vs. Spain (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+
  3:35 p.m. Italy vs. Liechtenstein (UEFA European Qualifier) ESPN+

50 Matches Across ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPN3:

ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPN3 will combine to carry 50 matches during the first FIFA International Match Week in 2019. Of the matches, 42 are from the first week of UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying series. The full schedule.

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