USL and ESPN partnership to include regular season and final

Surprise, surprise! The USL will be on ESPN3, per today’s league announcement. Many of you who were paying attention already knew some of this information at least, but it’s still great news.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the release for fans of our Firebirds is that they will have to earn their spot on the streaming network’s “Game of the Week.” The first six have been chosen, and United is not on the list.

“The 14 remaining regular-season games to be featured on the USL Game of the Week will be determined as the season progresses to bring supporters the most relevant games each week as clubs battle for playoff positions and seeds.”

Pretty simple, really. Arizona can gain more exposure around the league and around the country by playing good soccer over the next six-plus weeks. This should be an exciting challenge to everyone in the organization, top-down. The fans, too.

You can watch the first Game of the Week this afternoon at 4pm Arizona time, as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds host Orlando City B.