via press release:
Match begins at 4:30 p.m. ET
“CenturyLink Field will be rocking on Saturday afternoon to the tune of 38,000 raucous Sounders fans. They create an atmosphere like no other in MLS.” – Arlo White
NEW YORK – May 2, 2012 – NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues this weekend when Seattle Sounders FC host the Philadelphia Union Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
COMMENTATORS: The NBC Sports Group MLS announce team of Arlo White (@arlowhite, play-by-play), and Kyle Martino (@kylemartino, “Between the Benches” analyst) will call the game. Paul Burmeister will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments live from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
WHITE AND MARTINO BREAK DOWN THE MATCHUP:
WHITE ON THE SOUNDERS FC: “CenturyLink Field will be rocking on Saturday afternoon to the tune of 38,000 raucous Sounders fans. They create an atmosphere like no other in MLS and the Sounders have so many attacking threats. Strikers Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson are a real handful in attack, and I don't think there is a more skillful player in MLS than the Argentine winger Mauro Rosales.”
WHITE ON THE UNION: “Philadelphia has grabbed a couple of key victories in recent weeks, but they need to overcome the absence of their charismatic coach Peter Nowak, who is suspended. Freddy Adu isn't fazed by the Sounders hoards. He scored in a 2-0 win there for Philadelphia last season.”
MARTINO ON THE GAME: “Can Seattle get their goal scorer Freddy Montero to start finding the net, and can Philly get anyone to find the net? At least we know the atmosphere will not let anyone down.”
UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: (All Times ET, Home Team Listed First)
Sat., May 12, Houston vs. D.C., 4:30 p.m.
Sat., May 26, Houston vs. L.A., 2:30 p.m.
Sun., May 27, Kansas City vs. San Jose, 4:30 p.m.
For the full NBC Sports Group 2012 MLS Schedule visit www.NBCSports.com.
ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com: Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90), a respected soccer journalist for more than two decades, is the featured writer for ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com. Davis, who has covered Major League Soccer, since its inception in 1996 contributes regular posts and will provide video reports to NBCSports.com, and is expected to be an occasional guest on NBC SportsTalk, the daily hour-long news and information show the new NBC Sports Network.