ESPN hires Ian Darke; D.C. United drinking games; Galaxy-Red Bulls; WPS adds club in western New York; Terrapins vs. Tar Heels
*British announcer Ian Darke, widely praised for his work in ESPN's broadcast booth during the World Cup, has been hired by the network to provide play-by-play for coverage of the English Premier League, U.S. national team matches, marquee MLS games, the 2011 Women's World Cup, 2013 Confederations Cup and '14 World Cup. To relive his call of Landon Donovan's goal against Algeria this summer, click here. His debut in the new role will be Saturday morning with the Chelsea-Manchester City match (7:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2).
*The Post's cheeky fan blogger offers drinking games while watching D.C. United.
*The intriguing MLS showdown between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls is tonight at Home Depot Center (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2), but with a late kickoff on the East Coast on the night of the week when every TV in our great nation is off, the match will proceed largely unnoticed. Ratings winner: MLS or the "MacGruber" movie on Cinemax?
*As we told you two weeks ago, WPS has approved western New York as a 2011 expansion team, increasing the number of clubs to eight (assuming all others return next year). The league made it official today. The club, which has been competing in the second-tier W-League as the Buffalo Flash, will use stadiums in Rochester (home of the Rhinos) and at Niagara University outside of Buffalo. Its marquee roster target might be Washington Freedom and U.S. national team striker Abby Wambach, who is from the Rochester area. She is a free agent.
The other day, when I asked Wambach about next season and the possibility of moving to the expansion club, she said: "I'm not thinking about that yet. It's too early to tell. Moving forward right now, my focus is to recover and get into national team camp and prepare for World Cup qualification [next month]. It's an exciting time and it's been a long season."
*The fifth-ranked University of Maryland men's team, riding a five-game unbeaten streak since a season-opening defeat, will visit No. 3 North Carolina tonight. Details here about following the match live online.
| September 24, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
Categories: College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, MLS, TV, Women | Tags: ESPN
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