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Exclusive A-League Saturday Night Soccer Webcasts Debut at

CHICAGO (Tuesday, May 15, 2001) - - the official site of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) - will be taking soccer a step further this coming season. Today announced that 20 of this season's USL A-League games will be broadcast exclusively live online on

The USL consists of six soccer leagues, including professional, development, youth and women's divisions. The USL covers 36 States as well as 4 Canadian provinces making the USL the second largest sports organization in North America in terms of reach. The A-league represents the pinnacle of the USL with 21 teams participating in three regional conferences. The reigning A-League Champions, Rochester Raging Rhinos, defeated a number of Major League Soccer teams on their way to claiming the US Open Cup in 1999, showing the strength of the A-League in specific and that of the USL in general.

The online season kicks-off on 19 May 2001 with the first Saturday Night Soccer broadcast, as Pittsburgh Riverhounds entertain the Hershey Wildcats. This is one of 20 games already confirmed for the regular season, with plans for more games from the play-offs and finals. is committed to bringing people around the world closer to the game and the live webcasts will give viewers a fantastic insight in to the A-League. They will include exclusive interviews with players and coaching staff as well as pre and post-match analysis. Viewers can chat during the match sharing their views on the match being played, increasing the interaction with the site and using the community features available on the net.

Neil Meadows, President of, comments: "As the official site of the USL we see webcasting as one of the key services for existing and new fans. It opens up doors to commercial partners to be part of the phenomenal growth of soccer in North America. We are talking to a number of organizations who want to be part of Saturday Night Soccer via sponsorship or in-stream advertising, which will allow us to keep this service free to our users."

Dave Askinas, Associate Commissioner of United Soccer Leagues says: "This innovative step reflects the continued expansion of the USL in terms of support, play and commercialisation. Now supporters from all over the world can visit our 'chapels, churches and cathedrals' from the comfort of their own home."

For those wishing to take part in this exciting development in American soccer, all you need to do is register from this Thursday (05/17) at ( in advance of kick-off, sit back and enjoy your favourite teams in action in the fastest-growing league in the world.

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  • May 19: Hershey at Pittsburgh
  • May 26: Portland at San Diego
  • June 2: Vancouver at Minnesota
  • June 9: Indiana at Cincinnati
  • June 16: Rochester at Hershey
  • June 23: Richmond at Charlotte
  • June 30: Seattle at Milwaukee
  • July 7: Long Island at Connecticut
  • July 14: Toronto at Rochester
  • July 21: Seattle at Portland
  • July 28: Portland at Milwaukee
  • August 4: Charleston at Nashville
  • August 11: Minnesota at El Paso
  • August 18: Atlanta at Charleston
  • August 25: El Paso at Minnesota
  • September 1: Montreal at Hershey
  • September 8: Long Island at Rochester