EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 9

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United return to Stamford Bridge to take on the league’s top scorer Eden Hazard (7 goals) and Chelsea this Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Chelsea remain one of three unbeaten teams with 20 points after coming off a 3-0 win at Southampton, while Manchester United come off a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win over Newcastle. Derek Rae calls the match on NBCSN, joined by analyst, and England Women’s National Team manager, Phil Neville. Coverage ahead of the match begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Mornings. West Ham ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 7, 2018

The latest edition of the Mexican Súper Clásico featuring the nation’s two largest clubs Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América drew 1.677 million viewers on the evening of Sunday, September 30. It ranks as the fifth most-watched club football match in the United States in 2018 with the two clubs’ meeting in March on top at 2.485 million viewers. The match was also down nearly 13% from both the 2016 and 2017 Apertura meetings between the clubs. Univision is seeing great success with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Viewership of the group stage en Español is up 84% ... Read more

Fanatiz adds Roku app to get best out of Latin American soccer

When it comes to watching the best of Latin American soccer in the United States, Fanatiz is building an impressive portfolio of streaming rights to games from all over South America including the Copa Libertadores, Superliga Argentina, Copa Sudamericana, Copa Argentina, Copa Chile and Chilean league. The latest development from the US-based streaming company is the addition of their app to the Roku, making it easier than ever before to watch your favorite clubs with a free trial to Fanatiz. The Fanatiz Roku app allows you to watch soccer games both live and on-demand. SEE MORE: Interview with Fanatiz CEO ... Read more

Bolt ‘offered cut-price deal’ in Australia – media

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have offered sprint superstar Usain Bolt a contract, reports said Monday, but the club’s coach said he knows nothing about it. The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with the A-League side since arriving in August to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He scored two goals in a pre-season friendly last week and on Thursday turned down a two-year, trial-free deal from cashed-up Maltese champions Valletta. “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners,” the Jamaican’s agent Ricky Simms told the BBC. The club ... Read more

Lopetegui on the brink as Madrid seek morale-boosting win over Plzen

Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid’s players may have offered a show of public support to Julen Lopetegui but fail to win at home against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and their words will mean very little. “Julen has the backing of the entire team,” Sergio Ramos said after Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Levante on Saturday, their fourth defeat in five games and third in a row. “We are with him to the death,” said Marcelo. Three months into the season, there are few obvious alternatives if the club’s president Florentino Perez decides to wield the axe. Santiago Solari, coach of Castilla, ... Read more

Loud and clear: English teen stars Sancho, Nelson shine in Germany

Berlin (AFP) – They may be struggling with the language, but when it comes to playing football in Germany, English teenagers Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson are making themselves perfectly understood. The 18-year-olds have both seized their chances in the Bundesliga and are expected to play key roles in the Champions League this week. Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund in August 2017, rejecting a contract extension at Manchester City, while Nelson is on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal. Both admit playing in a foreign country presents particular challenges, not least the German language. Sancho conducts his interviews in English but admits ... Read more

Return of a hungry Ronaldo worrying for Manchester United

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford, but as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner rolls back into town this week, this former hero may be the last sight Manchester United want to see. Ronaldo made his name in Manchester, scoring 118 goals, winning three Premier League titles and the first of his five Champions Leagues before a then world record move to Real Madrid. On Tuesday he returns in the colours of Juventus, eager to let his football do the talking with the cloud of a rape accusation in the United States ... Read more

Bayern head to AEK buoyed by ‘liberating’ victory

Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich travel to Greece to face AEK Athens in the Champions League on Tuesday boosted by a Bundesliga win that “felt like a liberation” after their miserable run of form and a stormy week behind the scenes. The pressure was mounting on the German champions and new coach Niko Kovac during a four-match winless run to the extent that senior club figures including Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness launched a stunning attack on the media. But Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wolfsburg, in which Robert Lewandowski scored twice to end a five-game goal drought, is being hailed ... Read more

Rooney brace propels D.C. into MLS Cup playoffs, Galaxy stay alive

Washington (AFP) – Former Manchester United and England Star Wayne Rooney scored twice to push D.C. United to a 3-1 victory over New York City FC and into the MLS Cup playoffs on Sunday. The victory in the penultimate weekend of the regular season capped a remarkable resurgence for D.C. United, who were languishing at the foot of the table when Rooney arrived in Washington in July. Until that point they had just two wins from 14 matches and appeared headed for another disappointing season. Now they have won 12 of 18 games to clinch their spot in the post-season. ... Read more

Vieira’s Nice continue to struggle with Marseille loss

Paris (AFP) – Patrick Vieira’s Nice slumped to a fourth defeat in five home league games this season as Morgan Sanson’s first-half strike fired Marseille to a 1-0 win in Ligue 1 on Sunday. It was a laboured performance from Nice, who sit 14th in the table and only two points above the relegation play-off spot, eight points adrift of fourth-placed Marseille. Vieira may need a good run of results if he is to keep his job long enough to take on former Arsenal and France teammate Thierry Henry when his side visit Monaco on December 8. For Marseille, all ... Read more

Last-gasp Icardi header grabs Inter derby spoils

Rome (AFP) – Captain Mauro Icardi struck a dramatic injury-time winner as Inter Milan stunned AC Milan 1-0 in the derby at the San Siro to retake third place in Serie A on Sunday. The Argentinian pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to nod home in the second minute of added time after an otherwise forgettable match, leaving Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan without a win in the last five league derbies. But Luciano Spalletti’s Inter continued their recent resurgence after finishing fourth last term to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12, moving to within ... Read more