TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO today announced they will be telecasting live 17 exciting Liga MX matches in Spanish to soccer fans across the U.S. starting Sat., July 25, through Sat., Nov. 21, 2015. The networks are exclusively airing the home games for Clubs León and Pachuca, who host the League’s best and most-popular clubs again this season.
The Apertura 2015 schedule on TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO includes 15 Saturday night games, plus two special weekday match-ups at Estadio León. Kicking-off this season’s action on the networks is Pachuca’s opening match against Tijuana on Sat., July 25, at Estadio Hidalgo; followed by León’s home opener against Veracruz on Sat., Aug. 1. The action heats up from there with back-to-back Saturday night home games for Pachuca against América on Sat., Aug. 8 and UNAM Sat., Aug. 15; and in between, León takes on Tigres for a special weekday match on Wed., Aug. 12.
Additional highlight matches include: Pachuca hosting on consecutive weekends Santos Laguna, the Apertura 2014 Champions, on Sat., Sept. 26, followed by Cruz Azul on Sat., Oct. 3; León v. América during another weekday special on Tue., Sept. 29; and Pachuca hosting León on Sat., Nov. 7.
Providing narration and commentary for many of the León and Pachuca home matches on the networks will be legendary sportscaster Andrés Cantor, along with veteran soccer expert Sammy Sadovnik, Copán Álvarez who has covered countless soccer events, and former Mexican National Team forward Carlos Hermosillo. Award-winning reporter Kaziro Aoyama will be giving an up-close look at the action on the field.
All 17 matches will be telecast or simulcast live on NBC UNIVERSO. Each of the Saturday night games through September will be broadcast on TELEMUNDO, with simulcasts on NBC UNIVERSO, until October when NBC UNIVERSO becomes the exclusive U.S. television home for the remaining matches. Every match will also be available on nbcuniverso.com/live, the NBC UNIVERSO Now app, NBCDeportes.com and the NBC Deportes EN VIVO EXTRA mobile app. The complete TELEMUNDO/NBC UNIVERSO telecast schedule is below:
|Sat., July 25||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. Tijuana||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Aug. 1||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||León v. Veracruz||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Aug. 8||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. América||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Wed., Aug. 12||TBA||León v. Tigres||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Aug. 15||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. UNAM||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Aug. 22||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||León v. Chivas||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Aug. 29||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. Atlas||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Sept. 12||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. Toluca||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Sept. 19||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||León v. Tijuana||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Sept. 26||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. Santos||TELEMUNDO, NBC UNIVERSO|
|Tue., Sept. 29||TBA||León v. América||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Oct. 3||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. Cruz Azul||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Oct. 17||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||León v. Pumas||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Oct. 24||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. Monarcas||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Oct. 31||10:00p ET/7:00p PT||León v. Atlas||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Nov. 7||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||Pachuca v. León||NBC UNIVERSO|
|Sat., Nov. 21||9:00p ET/6:00p PT||León v. Dorados||NBC UNIVERSO|
In addition to their exciting home schedules, there are plenty more reasons to watch both León and Pachuca during Apertura 2015. La Fiera bolstered their defense and midfield – the club added Diego Novaretti, who returns to Liga MX from Lazio (Italy); and Guillermo Burdisso from Boca Juniors (Argentina) on defense. In the midfield, Miguel Ibarra, who played with the Minnesota United FC (USA), will be the second American for León on the pitch, along with William Yarbrough. Colombian Darío Burbano, back with León after a year with Tigres, and Ecuadorian Jonathan González, will also make the Emerald lineup a force to be reckoned with during Apertura 2015.
For Pachuca, los Tuzos made various changes to their game plan, mainly in the defense and midfield. On defense, they acquired Hugo Rodríguez, who played for the Tigres and Omar Esparza from Chivas de Guadalajara. In the midfield, the names to note include Uruguyan Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who came from Peñarol (Uruguay), and Argentinian Rubén Botta from Verona (Italy).