ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup live to listeners across the United States.
All matches will also be streamed online on ESPNRadio.com and available via the ESPN Radio App. All of ESPN Radio’s FIFA World Cup broadcasts will also be featured on SiriusXM, with 56 of the games airing on SiriusXM Channel 84. In cases where two matches are airing simultaneously, one will air on SiriusXM 84, with the other on SiriusXM 85.
Veteran FIFA World Cup soccer commentators JP Dellacamera (play-by-play) and analyst Tommy Smyth will return to ESPN Radio for Brazil 2014, having called matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Dellacamera has called the last seven FIFA World Cups for a variety of networks and has served as NBC’s lead soccer commentator at the Summer Olympics. Smyth, who has called thousands of international matches from leagues all over the world including the UEFA Champions League for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International, served as a game and studio analyst during ESPN’s UEFA European Football Championship (2008 and 2012) coverage and has worked five FIFA World Cups (1994, ’98, 2002, ’06 and ‘10).
Additionally, ESPN Radio will have a news and information schedule supporting the World Cup match schedule, with SportsCenter Expresses and World Cup Expresses during evening and weekend programming, as well as special one-hour FIFA World Cup Today shows at select times during the tournament. ESPN Radio will also produce a 30-minute ESPN FC program, which will air multiple times each night of the World Cup, and will also be available as podcasts on ESPNRadio.com and through the ESPN Radio App. Leading up to the June 12 opening match, ESPN Radio will air World Cup vignettes regularly.
Other ESPN Radio commentators and analysts
Mark Donaldson (play-by-play) has served as a soccer commentator and pundit for ESPN Radio since 2010, calling UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Scottish Premier League matches, among others;
Ross Dyer (play-by-play) previously called matches during ESPN Radio’s presentation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, World Cup qualifying matches for ESPN International;
Shaka Hislop (analyst) is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former professional football (soccer) player and regular contributor to ESPN FC;
Paul Mariner (analyst) works as a contributor to ESPN’s soccer studio show, ESPN FC, and is a former professional soccer player and coach, most recently serving as Director of Player development and head coach for MLS’ Toronto FC;
Shep Messing (analyst), a former NASL and U.S. National team keeper, has provided analysis for ESPN during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups;
Janusz Michallik (analyst) is a former U.S. National team defender and current ESPN soccer analyst.
Here is the complete list of games that will be available on radio as well as the commentator assignments (as of press date; subject to change):
World Cup 2014 Broadcast TV Schedule
Thursday, June 12
Brazil vs Croatia, 4pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth
Friday, June 13
Mexico vs Cameroon, Noon ET; Ross Dyer & Shep Messing
Spain vs Holland, 3pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth
Chile vs Australia, 6pm ET; Ross Dyer & Paul Mariner