WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, August 1, 2002) - Major League Soccer's two premier events of 2002 will be among the most widely distributed soccer broadcasts in American radio history as they hit English-language stations across the country. Sports Byline USA Radio Network, in association with SoccerRadioUS, will air the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on Saturday, August 3 beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET and MLS Cup 2002 on October 20. Sports Byline USA will syndicate the broadcasts and distribute to its 200 affiliates. More information on the company's affiliates can be found at www.SportsByline.com.
As part of Sports Byline USA's network, the broadcasts will reach an international audience via the American Forces Radio Network. Also carrying the marquee matches will be Sirius Satellite Radio, a subscription-based digital satellite radio system that broadcasts 100 channels of varied programming with digital quality sound for motorists throughout the continental United States.
The coverage of MLS' premier events will kick off with the radio broadcast of the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on Saturday, August 3 from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The show will begin with a half-hour pre-game show that starts at 3:00 p.m. ET. The pre-game and halftime shows will carry extensive interviews with the stars from both the MLS and U.S. National Team squads, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and other soccer personalities in attendance.
Providing live coverage of the event for listeners will be one of the top announce teams in MLS: soccer play-by-play man John Shrader and color analyst John Doyle, the San Jose Earthquakes' television broadcast team. Shrader, a 25-year veteran of TV and radio sports and currently a sports anchor for San Francisco's KNBR, has been a fixture for San Jose's MLS broadcasts since the team's inception in 1996.
Doyle is a perfect fit to cover the 2002 MLS All-Star Game as a two-time All-Star himself (1996, 1997) and former captain of the San Jose Clash/Earthquakes, where he played for five years. The former U.S. National Team player (53 appearances) was a World Cup team member at Italia '90, the first appearance by the U.S. at the World Cup in 40 years.
Shrader and Doyle will team up again for MLS Cup 2002, which takes place on Sunday, October 20 at CMGI Field in Foxboro, Massachusetts (1:30 p.m. ET). That broadcast will also begin with a half-hour pregame show.