via press release:
U.S. FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Roster to be Announced Live on SportsCenter
Guests U.S. Captain Christie Rampone and Striker Abby Wambach in Bristol
On Monday, May 9, SportsCenter will announce the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 (June 26 – July 17). The exclusive announcement on ESPN’s flagship news and information program will air in the 10 a.m. ET hour of the show, hosted by Kevin Negandhi and Sage Steele. During the 1 p.m. hour of SportsCenter later in the day, ESPN’s lead FIFA Women’s World Cup analyst Julie Foudy, a two-time World Cup champion and former U.S. team captain, will discuss the roster.
Following the roster announcement, Christie Rampone, U.S. team captain and the only player remaining from the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winning team, and Abby Wambach, the team’s leading goal-scorer and emotional leader, will be interviewed live on the show. Rampone and Wambach will also be featured on several ESPN television and digital platforms during the day. Highlights:
10 a.m. – SportsCenter (live)
11 a.m. – First Take on ESPN2 (live)
11:45 a.m. – ESPN Mobile TV
12:30 p.m. – espnW LiveStream hosted by Foudy, a contributor to espnW: http://www.livestream.com/espnW
1 p.m. – espnW Podcast
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com will combine to televise live the U.S. teams’ two final matches before the Women’s World Cup – vs. Japan on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com from Cary, N.C.; and vs. Mexico on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com from Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, N.J.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in Group C of the FIFA Women’s World Cup with North Korea, Colombia and Sweden. The U.S. will face North Korea in its face match of the tournament on June 28 (ESPN, 11:45 a.m.) in Dresden, and will play the other two matches against Colombia on July 2 (ESPN, 11:30 a.m.) in Sinsheim and Sweden on July 6 (ESPN, 2:30 p.m.) in Wolfsburg.
ESPN & the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 (June 26 – July 17) will be ESPN’s fifth straight, having televised the quadrennial event since 1995. ESPN and ESPN2 will air all 32 matches live and in high definition. ESPN3.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network in 70 million homes, will offer simulcasts of all matches, and ESPN’s mobile platforms will also provide coverage of 26 matches. All programming on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available online through ESPNnetworks.com, which is accessible to fans who receive their video service from an affiliated provider.
For the first time, ESPN will present all of its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup studio programming from host nation Germany. The comprehensive news, highlights and information coverage of the quadrennial tournament featuring the top-16 women’s national teams in the world will include, for the first time, pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, as well as World Cup-branded segments on SportsCenter, First Take and ESPNEWS.