[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
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.