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USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier to air on ESPN2 and ESPN+

ESPN has announced its upcoming coverage of U.S. World Cup Qualifiers, which will include USA and Mexico being televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

For soccer fans in the United States, nothing is bigger than USA against Mexico. So for the game to only be featured on ESPN2 due to other programming commitments is a tough blow. Having said that, having the game available via the very accessible ESPN+ is a saving grace – especially for cord cutters.

ESPN2 and ESPN+ will combine to present the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET, live from the new Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. Thursday’s match is the first of three straight pivotal World Cup-qualifying matches for the USMNT on ESPN2. The three matches will also be simulcast live on ESPN+, marking the first USMNT games on ESPN+, the industry-leading sports streaming service.


Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman will provide match commentary while global sports correspondent Sam Borden – following his month-long EURO 2020 assignment this summer – makes his reporter debut covering the USMNT. Former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones will also make his ESPN television debut as a studio analyst, alongside Kasey Keller and host Sebastian Salazar, for pregame, halftime and postgame segments. Studio coverage for the next two USMNT home World Cup qualifying matches will originate from site – Oct. 7 (Austin) and Oct. 13 (Columbus, Ohio).

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Countdown Live: USA-Jamaica Pregame Special (Thursday, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Countdown Live – the digital live soccer pregame series available on ESPN Social platforms – will preview its first U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying match on Thursday, with host Sebastian Salazar and analysts Kasey Keller and Jermaine Jones. Countdown Live: USA-Jamaica Pregame Special from Q2 Stadium is the first of four pregame shows leading into upcoming World Cup qualifying matches on ESPN platforms. The shows are available on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and the ESPN App. The ESPN Countdown Live soccer pregame series features matchup previews from ESPN analysts, player interviews, up-to-the-minute team news, special guests and more. Previous editions have included live shows from the 2019 FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium; 2019 MLS Cup in Seattle; several El Trafico – LAFC vs. LA Galaxy – matches; and other marquee MLS rivalry contests.


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  1. Edward

    October 7, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Danny Higginbotham has the best job being able to go from CBS Sports, NBC Sports and now ESPN on top of his MLS and his hits for BT Sport. NBC Sports should bring him to the LA fan fest.

  2. Azer

    October 7, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Does anyone know if ESPN will remove the ticker at the bottom of the screen? It is too big and intrusive in my opinion. It’d be so much better watching the game without it, any game, even MLS.

  3. locofooty

    October 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Makes sense. Make the match available in most platforms as possible with it being OTA in spanish and show that the USMNT also lives in their streaming service like Paramount+.

  4. dave

    October 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for communicating on this and other schedules. With so many leagues and tournaments, I find it tricky to keep track of who has the rights and how they choose to make them available for each game. Interesting to see the hybrid ESPN2/ESPN+ model for USMNT.

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