[SOCCER ON THE AIR] ESPN will premiere a six-episode series, “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil,” produced by Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett, providing a never-before-seen perspective inside the training camp of the men’s national team as its prepares for the World Cup.
U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann appeared Sunday at the SXSW music festival and media conference in Austin, Texas, along with Bennett to announce the documentary series from ESPN Films that will air weekly for five consecutive weeks beginning on May 13 (full schedule to be announced) with a finale airing in June. Episodes will also air on ABC following their ESPN premieres.
“We know there will be enormous interest surrounding this team as the World Cup approaches so we’re focused on providing an in-depth look at how the players deal with the stakes of preparing for soccer’s biggest stage,” said Connor Schell, VP and executive producer, ESPN Films and Original Content, in a statement. “The breadth and variety of content offerings across ESPN platforms leading up to and during the tournament will give soccer fans a chance to feel close to the action and “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” is intended to capture the mental and physical demands of the U.S. players giving viewers a truly unique perspective.”
Hock is an eight-time Emmy Award winner whose contributions to ESPN's 30 for 30 series include "The Best That Never Was" and "Survive and Advance.” Bennett is a writer and a broadcaster with "Men in Blazers" and ESPN.