By Ryan Berenz
The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Mexico for the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30pm ET from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. FOX Soccer is already seeing big viewership for the Gold Cup, and this championship match should easily surpass the audience for the 2009 USA-Mexico clash.
Below is the press release with additional details from FOX Soccer:
USA MEETS RIVAL MEXICO IN EPIC GOLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RE-MATCH ON FOX SOCCER
’11 Gold Cup viewership posts big gains
Los Angeles (June 23, 2011) – FOX Soccer, America’s premier destination for
soccer fans, brings live coverage of the United States men’s soccer team as
they take on rival Mexico in an epic clash of talent and national pride
Saturday, June 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET, live and in HD from the famed Rose Bowl
in Pasadena, Calif.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial championship for North and Central
America and the Caribbean, has rallied American soccer fans around their
teams, boosting overall tournament viewership on FOX Soccer by +82% to date
over 2009, when the tournament was last held. The ’09 USA-Mexico Gold Cup
final, with an audience of 369,000, was FOX Soccer’s most-watched telecast
ever, and expectations are high for a new record come Saturday. Wednesday’s
USA vs. Panama semifinal match has already surpassed the 2009 Gold Cup final with a viewership of 381,000.
In his first official appearance as guest analyst, U.S. National Team and
Bolton Wanderers player Stuart Holden joins FOX Soccer’s host, U.S. National
Team legend and hall-of-famer Eric Wynalda and former pro and national team
player Christopher Sullivan for pregame, half-time and post-game analysis.
Former MLS standout Kyle Martino teams up with JP Dellacamera in the booth
to call the match.
After losing to Panama in bracket play, Bob Bradley’s “Indivisible” team
took a 1-0 victory away from Wednesday’s semifinal re-match against Panama
on a goal from Clint Dempsey. Surprise sub Freddy Adu started the lone-goal
sequence with a brilliant long ball to Landon Donovan who dished a square
pass to Dempsey for the game-winner. Mexico’s 2-0 win over Honduras in the
remaining semifinal set up the dream Gold Cup final match-up.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
USA vs. Mexico* 8:30 p.m. ET LIVE on FOX Soccer
* Denotes live, HD telecast.