By Paul Kennedy
ESPN's soccer crew will be working overtime Friday and Saturday with the World Cup 2014 Final Draw and MLS Cup 2013 from
For the draw, ESPN will have a two-hour live program on ESPN2 and WatchESPN, beginning Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Bob Ley
will be the
host in Bristol, where he'll be joined by analysts Michael Ballack
, Alexi Lalas
and Santiago Solari
. Taylor Twellman
will join the coverage from Kansas City. (All five have been named
analysts for the finals next summer.)
Reporters Jeremy Schaap
, John Sutcliffe
and ESPN Brasil’s
will provide live reports from Costa do Sauipe.
ESPN will conclude its 18th season of MLS coverage with the Sporting Kansas City-Real
Salt Lake final Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Adrian Healey
and Twellman will call the game with reporter Monica
on the sidelines. Host Max Bretos
will lead the studio coverage at Sporting Park with Kasey Keller
-- Among those working ESPN International's coverage (59 countries and territories covering more than 22 million
television homes) will be NASL champion New York Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese
, who will call the game in Spanish. NATE SILVER WEIGHS IN.
Before the draw, Nate Silver
, of FiveThirtyEight.com fame, will preview the best- and worst-case scenarios for the USA.
Afterwards, he'll also weigh in. TIMMY ON TWITTER.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard
, who's coming off a great win
for Everton Wednesday at Manchester United
, will take over the @ESPN Twitter account during the World Cup draw to provide instant reaction and comments. DRAW WATCH PARTIES.
for places where fans are gathering for World Cup Final
Draw watch parties. Email Soccer America
with details of your watch party or tweet your watch party details using the hashtag #WCDrawWatchParty.