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Two soccer news shows will debut nationally in August

By Paul Kennedy

There will be not one but two soccer news shows debuting on national television in August.

ESPN2's daily soccer studio show, ESPN FC, will air Monday-Friday 5:30-6 p.m. ET and Sundays at midnight ET, beginning Aug. 11.

FOX Sports announced Wednesday that it will launch FOX Soccer Daily weekdays on its new FOX Sports 1, beginning Aug. 19 at 4-4:30 p.m. ET.

“Given our overall programming commitment to international soccer and global reach," said FOX Soccer Daily executive producer Jonty Whitehead in a statement," we believe FOX Soccer Daily will provide crucial insight, analysis and coverage of the beautiful game that all fans of the sport crave.”
 
FOX Soccer Daily will originate from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles. It won't be the FOX Soccer Report that originates in Toronto and currently airs on FOX Soccer, which will go off the air at the end of the summer.
 
HBO TAKES ON CHIVAS USA CHARGES. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO's investigative sports show, will examine the charges that Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara ordered changes at the club that were allegedly intended to benefit only those of Mexican heritage.

Soledad O’Brien speaks with former coaches and players who claim the team pushed them out because they are neither Mexican nor of Mexican descent.

The show will air on HBO for the first time on Tuesday at 10-11 p.m. ET/PT. Other air dates will follow on HBO, HBO2 and HBO on Demand.

TOPPS' MLS CARD LAUNCH. The first set of photos of Topps' first-ever MLS player cards were shared on Twitter.

MLSSoccer.com reported that Topps will unveil autographed cards, relic cards and "SuperDraft," "Maestros" and "MLS Rivalries" series.
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