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ESPN Weekend Soccer Update: MLS Cup Western Conference Semifinal; Manchester United – Arsenal


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ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will combine to present bothlegs of a home and away MLS Western Conference Semifinal series beginning with David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. the San Jose Earthquakes, the best club during the regular season in Carson, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 9 p.m. ET. Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and reporter Mónica González will call the game, with Alexi Lalas on site at the Home Depot Center for halftime segments.

The second and deciding match of the semifinal series on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 p.m., from San Jose’s Buck Shaw Stadium will be on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.  Healey, Twellman and sideline reporter González will call the match.  Host Max Bretos and analysts Kasey Keller, Lalas and Venezuelan National Team player and Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno  will provide live, on-site studio presence.  Additional post-match commentary by Bretos, Keller, Lalas and Moreno will be available on ESPN platforms including ESPN

The MLS Western Conference Semifinals between San Jose and Los Angeles is a matchup of intra-conference rivals.  The Los Angeles Galaxy, with Beckham, Donovan and Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland’s National Team captain, won the 2011 MLS Cup.  San Jose had the most points in the regular season and is led by striker Chris Wondolowski, who led the league with 27 goals in regular season – tied for an MLS record.

Manchester United vs. Arsenal – Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

The match between two of the most storied soccer clubs in the Premier League – second-place Manchester United vs. Arsenal – will be on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8:30 a.m.  The match will mark the first Barclays Premier League meeting between the two teams since Robin van Persie was acquired by Manchester United in August after leading the league in goals scored (30) last season with Arsenal.

Last year, Manchester United beat Arsenal 8-2 at home in one of the worst defeats in modern Arsenal history.  ESPN lead soccer play-by-play voice Ian Darke and former Liverpool FC legend Steve McManaman will call the match.

On Monday, Nov. 5, at 2:55 p.m., ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and Watch ESPN will also televise the Barclays Premier League match of the day – West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton FC – live from The Hawthorns in Sandwell, England.  Darke and McManaman will provide commentary.

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