Sportsnet will broadcast coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals beginning this Wednesday. The two feature ties on Sportsnet include Canada’s entry Toronto FC facing LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders facing Santos Laguna. Here is Sportsnet’s press release with details about their broadcasts.
The road to the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League Finals begins on Sportsnet with comprehensive coverage of the Toronto FC and LA Galaxy quarterfinals, kicking off with the first leg on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, live from Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Sportsnet’s 30-minute preview show sets the table for the match at 7:30 p.m. ET, headlined by Stephen Brunt’s exclusive up-close-and-personal interview with Galaxy All-Star David Beckham, recorded last week in Tucson, Arizona. Beckham opens up about the offers he received to sign in Europe late last year and his long-stated goal of playing for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics Games this summer. Beckham also touches on his family life in the U.S. and the possibility of becoming a future Major League Soccer team owner.
Viewers can see unaired interview clips not included during Wednesday’s preview show during SOCCER CENTRAL on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT and Sportsnet Connected on Monday, Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. ET. Sportsnet 590 The FAN will run an extended version of the Beckham interview on The Jeff Blair Show on Monday, Mar. 3 at 9 a.m. ET. The full-length version of the interview will be available on sportsnet.ca on Wednesday, Mar. 7.
Host RJ Broadhead along with Dick Howard and Brunt will be at Rogers Centre for pre-match analysis, priming fans on the top players to watch including TFC’s Torsten Frings, Ryan Johnson and Joao Plata as well as the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Beckham. Gerry Dobson and Craig Forrest will call the match while Arash Madani reports from the sidelines.
Fans at home or on the go can catch live streaming of the TFC and Galaxy quarterfinal match on their desktop, laptop or tablet via sportsnet.ca. The website will also feature a secondary stream with a camera isolated on Beckham so fans won’t miss any action from the Galaxy star. After the match, sportsnet.ca will showcase The Aftershow, a live streamed wrap-up program with highlights, post-game analysis and interviews. In addition, John Molinaro will post a preview leading up to the match and provide a recap following the match.
Sportsnet 590 The FAN will also present the match online on sportsnet590.ca, with play-by-play by Dan Dunleavy and analysis from Bob Iarusci. Sportsnet 590 The FAN will have news and updates heading into the game including Brunt’s one-on-one with Beckham. Alex Seixeiro and Len Grammenopoulos will provide live reports during the match.
Toronto and LA will square off again in the second leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Sportsnet ONE from the Home Depot Centre in Carson, California. Sportsnet 590 The FAN will also broadcast the return match on both radio and sportsnet590.ca.
Here is Sportsnet’s schedule.
Wednesday March 7 (leg 1)
8:00pm, Toronto FC vs. LA Galaxy – Sportsnet
10:00pm, Seattle Sounders vs. Santos Laguna – Sportsnet One
Wednesday March 14 (leg 2)
8:00pm, Santos Laguna vs. Seattle Sounders – Sportsnet East/Ontario
10:00pm, LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC – Sportsnet One