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March 12, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Sounders FC on ESPN, including Chelsea game

Just received this notice from the Worldwide Leader…

ESPN’s coverage of the 14th Major League Soccer season will kickoff with the live telecast of Seattle Sounders FC’s first match as the expansion club hosts 2008 MLS Cup finalist New York Red Bulls led by Juan Pablo Angel, Thursday, March 19 at 9 p.m. ET, from Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash., on ESPN2 (ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. PT). ESPN’s lead MLS commentator team JP Dellacamera (play-by-play) and John Harkes (analyst) will call the match, joined in the studio by Rob Stone (host) and Alexi Lalas (analyst). The telecast will mark the debut of ESPN MLS Game of the Week, the network’s season-long presentation of the top professional soccer league in the U.S. Throughout the season, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio will combine to present live coverage of MLS matches, and ESPN360.com will simulcast the English language telecasts.

Here’s the schedule of Sounders FC games and MLS playoffs on the ESPN networks. I converted all times to Pacific.

Thu 3/19 6 p.m. E2/360 New York Red Bulls at Seattle Sounders***

Wed 6/17 8 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 DC United at Seattle Sounders

Sat 7/18 12 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 Chelsea FC at Seattle Sounders++

Sat 7/25 12 p.m. E1/ED/EDR/360 Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders

Wed 7/29 6:30 p.m. ESPN2/360 MLS ALL-STAR GAME – SALT LAKE CITY***

Thu 8/20 7 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 New England Revolution at Seattle Sounders

Thu 10/29 6 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 MLS Playoffs***

Sun 11/1 1:30 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 MLS Playoffs***

Thu 11/5 7 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 MLS Playoffs***

Sun 11/8 1:30 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 MLS Playoffs***

Thu 11/12 7 p.m. E2/ED/EDR/360 MLS Playoffs***

Sun 11/22 5:30 p.m. ESPN/360 MLS Cup in Seattle, Wash.***

Most matches available on ESPN2 HD

*** – “ESPN Soccernet.com pre- and post-game window”; ++ – MLS International Friendly

ED – ESPN Deportes; EDR – ESPN Deportes Radio; 360 – ESPN360.com

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