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April 22, 2016
ESPN showing USL matches

TAMPA, Fla. -- ESPN and the United Soccer League have announced a partnership that will include 20 regular-season matches, plus the USL Championship game on an over-the-air ESPN network.

“We are thrilled to announce our new collaboration with ESPN,” USL president Jake Edwards said Friday. “This relationship is another step forward for the League and its digital first philosophy.

“We will be announcing an exciting broad based media and digital content strategy shortly that will meet and exceed the demands of our ever-growing supporter base while positioning our clubs and the League for long-term success.”

ESPN’s coverage of the USL will begin with the first of 20 exclusive regular-season broadcasts on ESPN3 as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds host Orlando City B at Highmark Stadium Friday night.

The league will also be featured on ESPN FC through the network’s television and digital platforms.

Award-winning soccer announcer Michael Watts and Juan Arango will work the booth for the USL Games of the Week.

Watts, who will serve as play-by-play announcer, has appeared on ESPN3, Fox Sports Go, YES Network, the NWSL and beIN Sports, as well as several college sports networks.

Arango is a Miami-based journalist who has covered soccer and other sports for more than 10 years as a writer as well as a play-by-play announcer for media outlets, including Gol TV, ESPN International, TALKSport, BBC World Service, World Football Daily and has also appeared on Radio Globo in Brazil.

2016 USL Game of the Week Schedule
• April 22 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Orlando City B, 7 p.m. ET
• April 27 - Louisville City FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 7:30 p.m. ET
• May 6 – Rochester Rhinos vs. Charleston Battery, 7:05 p.m. ET
• May 13 – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Portland Timbers 2, 9 p.m. ET
• May 25 – San Antonio FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC, 8:30 p.m. ET
• June 8 – Sacramento Republic FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC, 11 p.m. ET

The 14 remaining regular-season games to be featured on the USL Game of the Week will be determined as the season progresses.

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