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ESPN Radio to Stream World Cup Games: Complete Schedule and Commentator Assignments

espn radio 600x286 ESPN Radio to Stream World Cup Games: Complete Schedule and Commentator Assignments

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

Saturday, June 14
Colombia vs Greece, Noon ET; JP Dellacamera & Janusz Michallik
Uruguay vs Costa Rica, 3pm ET; Ross Dyer & Paul Mariner
England vs Italy, 6pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth
Ivory Coast vs Japan, 9pm ET; Ross Dyer & Paul Mariner

Sunday, June 15
Switzerland vs Ecuador, Noon ET; Ross Dyer & Shep Messing
France vs Honduras, 3pm ET; Ross Dyer & Shaka Hislop
Argentina vs Bosnia, 6pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth

Monday, June 16
Germany vs Portugal, Noon ET; Ross Dyer & Shep Messing
Iran vs Nigeria, 3pm ET; Mark Donaldson & Paul Mariner
Ghana vs USA, 6pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth

Tuesday, June 17
Belgium vs Algeria, Noon ET; Mark Donaldson & Janusz Michallik
Brazil vs Mexico, 3pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth
Russia vs South Korea, 6pm ET; Ross Dyer & Shep Messing

Wednesday, June 18
Australia vs Holland, Noon ET; Mark Donaldson & Janusz Michallik
Spain vs Chile, 3pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth
Cameroon vs Croatia, 6pm ET; Ross Dyer & Shep Messing

Thursday, June 19
Colombia vs Ivory Coast, Noon ET; Mark Donaldson & Shep Messing
Uruguay vs England, 3pm ET; JP Dellacamera & Tommy Smyth
Japan vs Greece, 6pm ET; Ross Dyer & Paul Mariner

Friday, June 20
Italy vs Costa Rica, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Switzerland vs France, 3pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Honduras vs Ecuador, 6pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD

Saturday, June 21
Argentina vs Iran, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Germany vs Ghana, 3pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Nigeria vs Bosnia, 6pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD 

Sunday, June 22
Belgium vs Russia, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
South Korea vs Algeria, 3pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
USA vs Portugal, 6pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD 

Monday, June 23
Holland vs Chile, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Australia vs Spain, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Croatia vs Mexico, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Cameroon vs Brazil, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD 

Tuesday, June 24
Costa Rica vs England, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Italy vs Uruguay, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Japan vs Colombia, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Greece vs Ivory Coast, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD 

Wednesday, June 25
Nigeria vs Argentina, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Bosnia vs Iran, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Honduras vs Switzerland, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Ecuador vs France, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD 

Thursday, June 26
Portugal vs Ghana, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
USA vs Germany, Noon ET, Commentator assignment TBD
South Korea vs Belgium, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD
Algeria vs Russia, 4pm ET, UniMás, Commentator assignment TBD 

Friday, June 27
No games

Saturday, June 28
Round of 16 — 1A vs 2B, Noon ET, Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
Round of 16 — 1C vs 2D, 4pm ET, Mark Donaldson and Tommy Smyth

Sunday, June 29
Round of 16 — 1B vs 2A, Noon ET, Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
Round of 16 — 1D vs 2C, 4pm ET, Mark Donaldson and Tommy Smyth

Monday, June 30
Round of 16 — 1E vs 2F, Noon ET, JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
Round of 16 — 1G vs 2H, 4pm ET, Ross Dyer and Shep Messing 

Tuesday, July 1
Round of 16 — 1F vs 2E, Noon ET, Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
Round of 16 — 1H vs 2G, 4pm ET, JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth

Wednesday, July 2
No games

Thursday, July 3
No games

Friday, July 4
Quarter-finals — W53 vs W54, Noon ET, Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
Quarter-finals — W49 vs W50, 4pm ET, Mark Donaldson and Tommy Smyth

Saturday, July 5
Quarter-finals — W55 vs W56, Noon ET, Ross Dyer and Shep Messing
Quarter-finals — W51 vs W52, 4pm ET, JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth

Sunday, July 6
No games

Monday, July 7
No games

Tuesday, July 8
Semi-final — W57 vs W58, 4pm ET, JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth

Wednesday, July 9
Semi-final — W59 vs W60, 4pm ET, JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth 

Thursday, July 10
No games

Friday, July 11
No games

Saturday, July 12
Third place match, 4pm ET, Commentator assignment TBD

Sunday, July 13
World Cup Final, 3pm ET, JP Dellcamera and Tommy Smyth

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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3 Responses to ESPN Radio to Stream World Cup Games: Complete Schedule and Commentator Assignments

  1. Bo says:

    I unfortunately have to travel a few days during the world cup with no real TV so this is very very much welcomed.

  2. YoYo says:

    Good stuff. Thanks for the update. I was wondering if they would stream the games for free this time around. In 2010 i had to pay for the ESPN World Cup app and then another 6$ to be able to stream the games live. Glad they are offering it for free this time.

  3. Flyvanescence says:

    Is talksport carrying the world cup? And will their broadcasts be blacked out in the usa?

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