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1500 ESPN & FOX 9/My29 To Air United Soccer Games

FOX 9/My29 and 1500 ESPN have joined forces to strike a broadcast partnership with Minnesota United, which will place the team’s games on local television and radio for the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Fans will be able to watch all non-nationally broadcast MNUFC matches on My29, and can hear every match simulcast on 1500 ESPN.

My29 partnered with the United last year, broadcasting all of the team’s games during the 2016 season. The partnership with 1500 ESPN is the first radio broadcast agreement in club history.

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Sheila Oliver, Vice President and General Manager of FOX 9 and My29 said, “It’s going to be a fun year for the Minnesota United. This is a great team with a bright and exciting future and we are proud to continue our partnership as their television home for live games.”

The broadcast will feature play-by-play announcer Callum Willliams, color commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin and sideline reporter Jamie Watson. Williams has called MLS and top European league matches for major broadcasters in England, de St. Aubin has covered the men’s and women’s national teams, and has been a part of MLS and college broadcast crews throughout her career, and Watson is a former Loons player, with a career spanning all levels of pro soccer in the U.S.

“Minnesota United is looking forward to continuing our partnership with FOX 9 and My29 in our inaugural MLS season, plus beginning a new one with 1500 ESPN,” added MNUFC President Nick Rogers. “The team we’ve put together for our TV broadcasts is a fantastic one. The mix of experiences from Callum’s background in England to Kyndra’s work covering the national teams to Jamie’s history with the club will make for a strong blend of voices to represent Minnesota United and engage our fans.”

Long-time soccer announcer Chris Lidholm will be the studio host for pre-match, half time and post-match for all matches on 1500 ESPN. Lidholm has commentated on soccer matches in Minnesota for over 20 years, and was the club’s television play-by-play announcer from 2010 to 2016.

“This is so cool,” said 1500 ESPN Program Director Brad Lane. “We couldn’t be more excited to help usher in a new generation of play-by-play on the radio in the Twin Cities with the inaugural MLS season for Minnesota United. We look forward to serving what’s been an untapped audience of passionate soccer fans by partnering with MNUFC.”

Minnesota United will feature in several nationally broadcast matches throughout the season. Eight matches are currently set to be on national stations including Fox Sports 1 and ESPN networks. The March 3rd season opener can be seen on Fox Sports 1, with a special radio broadcast on myTalk 107.1 FM.

Jason Barrett
Jason Barrett
Jason Barrett is the President and Founder of Barrett Media since the company was created in September 2015. Prior to its arrival, JB served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He also spent time programming SportsTalk 950 in Philadelphia, 590 The Fan KFNS in St. Louis, and ESPN 1340/1390 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Jason also worked on-air and behind the scenes in local radio at 101.5 WPDH, WTBQ 1110AM, and WPYX 106.5. He also spent two years on the national stage, producing radio shows for ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT. Among them included the Dan Patrick Show, and GameNight.You can find JB on Twitter @SportsRadioPD. He's also reachable by email at [email protected].

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