Fox Soccer Channel has jumped into CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifying coverage.
The dedicated futbol service will present seven live matches from the upcoming tournament, which will send two Under -23 national sides to the Summer Olympics in Beijing this August. Fox Soccer obtained the exclusive U.S. English-language rights from Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and the governing body of soccer in this part of the world.
Fox Soccer will present all three of the round-robin Group A matches involving the U.S. from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, kicking off with its contest versus Cuba on March 11 at 8 p.m. (ET) Two nights later “Sam’s Army” goes against Panama at 8 p.m. and then Honduras at 7 p.m. on March 15.
The top two squads from Group A and B advance to the semifinals, which FSC will televise on March 20 from L.P. Field in Nashville at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
FSC will also televise the third place match on March 23 at 2 p.m., followed by the championship game at 5 p.m. that day.
ESPN Deportes will televise all of the tournament's 16 matches in Spanish, while ESPN360, the total sports network’s subscription broadband service, will simulcast the contests.
The U.S. will look to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 2000, when it reached the medal round in Sydney. The Americans are led by many of the up-and-coming stars of Major League Soccer, notably team captain Sasha Kljestan, a midfielder with Chivas USA, and New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore. For the complete U.S. roster, click here.
“Our coverage of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification further positions Fox Soccer Channel as the premier destination for fans of both American soccer and top-flight international competitions,” said David Sternberg, Fox Soccer Channel executive vice president and general manager, in a statement. “We look forward to bringing our viewers all of the exciting action from Tampa and Nashville.”