MIAMI – SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 – Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language cable sports network, announced its schedule for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification window the week of September 5. The line-up includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada National teams, as well as the debut of UEFA National Team qualifying matches on UCI networks.
“As we strive to become the go-to soccer destination for the most ardent fans, we’re thrilled to be able to bring them these important international matches,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes. “These crucial qualifier matches will help determine the placements of some of the world’s strongest contenders on the road to Russia and are further examples of our commitment to bringing our fanáticos the best and most important soccer action throughout the year, every single year.”
The schedule is as follows:
- On Monday, September 5 (2:00 p.m. ET/UDN and UniMás) European power team Spain faces Liechtenstein in Round 1. Luis Omar Tapia, Xavier Sol, Hugo Salcedo and the newest member of the Univision Deportes team, world-wide renown soccer player, Iván Zamorano, will be providing commentary and analysis.
- On Tuesday, September 6: France will play against Belarus also in Round 1 (2:00 p.m. ET/UDN). The sports casting team for Round 1 will include: Luis Omar Tapia, Iván Zamorano, Xavier Sol and Hugo Salcedo. The excitement continues with qualifiers from the CONCACAF region. Pregame coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Fútbol Central as the team gets ready for the triple header coverage, live on-site from Jacksonville, Vancouver and Mexico City. USA takes on Trinidad & Tobago (8:15 p.m. ET/UniMás). Providing expert analysis for the match will be: Raúl Guzmán, Diego Balado, Marcelo Balboa and Ramsés Sandoval will be reporting. All will be live on site in Jacksonville. Right after that game, El Salvador competes against Canada (10:00 p.m. ET/UniMás). Pablo Ramírez and Félix Fernández will be providing analysis on the Canada-El Salvador match. Live coverage from Vancouver will be provided by field reporter Ana Caty Hernández. The same evening, Mexico will host Honduras at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (10:00 p.m. ET/UDN and Univision). The sports casting team for the Mexico-Honduras match will include Enrique Bermúdez and José Luis López Salido announcing the play by play, and former Mexican National team players Gonzalo Pineda and Enrique Borja providing commentary. Coverage will be live on-site pre, post and in-game.
Univision Deportes’ FIFA World Cup Qualifier coverage will continue in October and November as CONCACAF and UEFA teams continue to compete to secure a spot in the 2018 competition.
Viewers can tune in to matches live on their phones or tablets through the Univision Deportes App and Univision Now. Livestreaming will also be available on UnivisionDeportes.com and Univision Now. Fans can join the conversation on all social media platforms and follow @UnivisionSports via Twitter. They can also comment along with other fans on Facebook.com/UnivisionDeportes and Instagram.com/UnivisionDeportes.