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ESPN3 goes multi-screen for qualifying
by Paul Kennedy, September 5th, 2013 2:46AM

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By Paul Kennedy

ESPN3 will present ESPN’s first soccer whiparound program “FIFA World Cup Whiparound -- Quest to Qualify” for fans wanting to follow the many World Cup qualifiers being played in Europe at the same time on both Friday and Tuesday

The three-hour program will air 2-5 p.m. ET and feature live look-ins to on-the-field action and offer highlights of key moments in the games.

Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will host on Friday, while Healey returns on Tuesday. The show will originate live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill in Kissimmee, Fla.
 
ESPN3 has the digital rights to 19 European matches on Friday and 17 on Tuesday. ESPN Deportes will air three live qualifiers -- Czech Republic-Armenia (Friday, 12 p.m.); Finland-Spain (Friday, 2:30 p.m.) and Russia vs. Israel (Tuesday, 11 a.m.).

(Click here for ESPN3's Friday coverage of World Cup qualifying.)

COSTA RICA-USA ON BEIN SPORT. The Costa Rica-USA match will air live on beIN Sport -- the English-language network only -- with pregame coverage beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.

BeIN Sport and beIN Sport en Espanol will air live coverage of Colomba-Ecuador (4:20 p.m. ET) and Paraguay-Bolivia (6:25 p.m. ET) and beIN Sport en Espanol will continue with the other two South American qualifiers Chile-Venezuela (8:25 p.m. ET) and Peru-Uruguay (10:25 p.m. ET).

The first airing of Costa Rica-USA on beIN Sport en Espanol will be at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday.

-- UniMas and ESPN News will air Mexico-Honduras at 9:30 p.m ET.

COLUMBUS COUNTDOWN. Columbus fans wishing to get a headstart on the festivities for Tuesday's USA-Mexico game at Crew Stadium can gather for Friday's Costa Rica-USA game at a watch party at Fado Irish Pub.

FRIDAY WATCH PARTY:
Ohio
Columbus
Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant (host: U.S. Soccer)
4022 Townsfair Way (614) 418-0066

USA-MEXICO WATCH PARTIES. Email Soccer America with your watch party plans for Tuesday or tweet them with hashtag #USAvMEXWatchParty. We'll include as many as we can in a special Monday edition of Soccer on TV News with coverage plans for USA-Mexico.

TUESDAY WATCH PARTIES:
Florida
Tampa
Tampa Bay Times Forum West Plaza (host: Tampa Bay Sports Commission)
401 Channelside Drive

Hollywood
Mickey Byrnes (host: AO South Florida)
1921 Hollywood Blvd. (954) 921-2317

Miami
Fado's Irish Pub (host: AO Miami)
900 S Miami Ave. (786) 924-0972

Kansas
Overland Park
Futbol Club Eatery & Tap
12030 Blue Valley Pkwy. (913) 563-4625

Missouri
Kansas City
Johnny's Tavern in Kansas City Power & Light District
1310 Grand Blvd. 64106 (816) 268-2260

North Dakota
Bismark
Reza's Pitch-Burgers & Beer
304 E. Front Ave. (701) 221-9779

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Fado Irish Pub (host: AO Philadelphia and Philly.com)
1500 Locust Street (215) 893-9700

Texas
San Antonio
Alamo Drafthouse Park North (host: American Outlaws San Antonio & Crocketteers)
618 NW Loop 410 (210) 677-8500

ORLANDO-CHARLOTTE ON USLNATION. The USL PRO championship game between No. 2 seed Orlando City and the No. 5 seed Charlotte Eagles will be streamed Saturday on USLNation.com. Coverage behinds at 7:30 p.m. ET.


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