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FOX Sports bumps Mexico-Costa Rica game from FS1 to FS2

Although originally scheduled to air live on FS1, FOX Sports has moved the Mexico vs. Costa Rica game from FS1 to FS2 for Friday night’s important World Cup qualifier.

The match was originally advertised that it would air beginning at 8:30pm ET on FS1, but FOX Sports will instead show the game at 9:50pm ET on FS2 and will then a replay of the game on FS1 following the USA vs. Honduras match. With the USA-Honduras game scheduled to kick off at 10:50pm ET, it’s probable that the Mexico-Costa Rica rerun won’t air until 1am ET — after the result will already be known.

According to an announcement by FOX Sports, the broadcaster will air “pregame coverage for both World Cup qualifiers at 9:30pm ET on FS1 and FS2.”

SEE MORE: Schedule of World Cup qualifiers on US TV and streaming

Thankfully, the Mexico-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier will be shown live on Univision and Univision Deportes, which are more accessible for many soccer fans than FS2.

FOX Sports issued no explanation for the late programming change and why they decided to relegate the Mexico-Costa Rica broadcast to FS2. Either FOX Sports made a mistake with the start time or the kickoff time moved, which would have not allowed FOX Sports to do their pre-game coverage of the USA-Honduras game.

For the past 3-4 weeks, the network has been promoting FS1’s double-header of Mexico-Costa Rica and USA-Honduras so the last minute decision is bizarre given the amount of promotion the broadcaster has done.

For FOX Sports, Jorge Pérez-Navarro and Cobi Jones will commentate the match with Francisco X. Rivera reporting from the sidelines at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, Univision Deportes sent out a press release on Thursday to state the new updated time for the Mexico-Costa Rica game, which will air beginning at 9pm ET on Univision and Univision Deportes.

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  1. Ivan

    March 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Between kickoff for tonight’s game at 11pm EST and away games on BeIN, USMNT making sure that about 25 people or so watch both games.
    Who in their minds would schedule a home game at 11pm EST, Friday night or not…how stupid can they be?!?! Might as well have the next home game at Hawaii with a kickoff at 3am…have at it…
    Not sure who is making those decisions, Gulati has a Ph.D. in economics if I am not mistaken, and I don’t know if this has anything to do with him, but this is just basic common sense…
    Off to bed I go, it’s been a long week, people have families and such…11pm kickoff…US soccer federation is infested with clueless amateurs…

  2. Fsquid

    March 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Looks like someone just screwed up a good bit. They didn’t mess up the FA Cup games they showed after the US went to daylight savings time.

  3. Vssssssssssssqz

    March 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Thank God, I was worried some of Lalas air time would be cut because of the Mexico match.

  4. Everett Will

    March 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    The Mexico/Costa Rica match won’t be half over. It’s scheduled to start at 7:50 pm local time in Mexico City. Because Mexico City’s still in standard time until April 2 while the U.S. is on daylight time, the time on the U.S. east coast is two hours ahead of Mexico City instead of the usual one hour. Thus the match won’t actually start until 9:50 pm EDT and Fox Sports can run a pregame at 9:30 pm EDT.

    • Christopher Harris

      March 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Ok thanks, but why are they figuring this out now… just 24 hours after the game is scheduled to kick off?

      • Everett Will

        March 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm

        A good question, I just don’t think most Americans realize that most of Mexico doesn’t start daylight time at the same time as the U.S. I had this same discussion last Monday with indoor football fans when the new Monterrey Steel’s home opener started at 10 pm EDT instead of the 9 pm start promoted by its U.S.-based league. Apparently, the National Arena League didn’t realize that Monterrey was still in standard time either.

  5. ROB

    March 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    This is just like when fox aired a PL games on tape delay. Oh Fox never changes.

  6. person

    March 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Is it possible that the Mexico game isn’t kicking until 9:50 now and the overlapping studio coverage on both networks will be before the Mexico game? Checking into these, a lot of sites have a 9:50 ET kickoff listed. Sure seems like Fox screwed this one up.

    • Christopher Harris

      March 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Yes, it looks like FOX may have screwed up the kickoff times.

      The game was scheduled to kick off at 7:50pm Mexico City time, which is 9:50pm Eastern Time in the United States (despite FOX Sports advertising a 8:30pm ET start time for weeks). It appears that FOX Sports possibly didn’t realize that Mexico doesn’t move its clocks forward until April 2.

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