July 12, 2013 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
CHICAGO (July 12, 2013) - FOX Sports is set to offer exclusive live coverage of nine matches from the National Women's Soccer League, featuring six regular-season contests and all three playoff games, which include the two semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 24 and the championship game on Saturday, Aug. 31. FOX Soccer televises one game per week over the final six weeks of the season with each club appearing at least once on national television leading up to the NWSL Playoffs.
Beginning on Sunday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer launches its national coverage with an East vs. West matchup between the Seattle Reign FC and Washington Spirit. Play-by-play announcer Steve Cangialosi calls the match alongside Ohio State women's head coach Lori Walker. Retired US star defender Heather Mitts, who played in the Women's Professional Soccer League, reports from the sideline.
Star forwards Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair have combined forces to give the Portland Thorns one of the most potent attacks in the league. Cangialosi and color analyst Kynda de St Aubin call the match against the Chicago Red Stars live on Sunday, July 28 at 7 p.m. ET. Mitts reports from the sideline and again on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. ET when the Western New York Flash take on the Boston Breakers. Morgan, who is emerging as the face of the U.S. Women's National Team leading into the 2015 Women's World Cup, is featured in a brand spot for FOX Sports 1, America's new sports network, which premieres during the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16, live at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Former US women's national team coach Tony DiCicco, who led the 1996 squad to Olympic Gold, joins Cangialosi to provide analysis for the other Flash match-up on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Glenn Davis and Dave Johnson call one NWSL game apiece, while former US internationals Kate Markgraf and Angela Hucles also contribute as color commentators and sideline reporters for select matches, both having played in the WUSA, the first women's professional soccer league in the country.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is an eight-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring players from Canada, Mexico and U.S. The founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Federation of Mexican Football. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league's official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.
Below please find the complete schedule:
2013 NWSL National Television Schedule*
Date/Time (ET) Match TV Announce Teams/Sidline
Sun., July 14 / 8:30 p.m. Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit FOX Soccer Cangialosi, Walker / Mitts
Sun., July 21 / 1:30 p.m. WNY Flash vs. Sky Blue FC FOX Soccer Cangialosi, DiCicco / Walker
Sun., July 28 / 7:00 p.m. Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars FOX Soccer Cangialosi, de St Aubin / Mitts
Sun., Aug. 4 / 8:30 p.m. Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City FOX Soccer Davis, Hucles / Markgraf
Sat., Aug. 10 / 7:00 p.m. Washington Spirit v Seattle Reign FC FOX Soccer Johnson, Markgraf / Hucles
Sat., Aug. 17 / 8:00 p.m. WNY Flash v Boston Breakers FOX Soccer Cangialosi, Markgraf / Mitts
Sat., Aug. 24 / 2:00 p.m. Semifinal TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 24 / 8:00 p.m. Semifinal TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 31 / 8:00 p.m. Championship TBD TBD
*Subject to change