Telemundo US Soccer reach multiyear Spanish-language media r

U.S. Soccer and Telemundo have reached a four-year media rights deal making the network the exclusive Spanish-language home of the U.S. womens and mens national teams, Telemundo announced Tuesday. Heres what you need to know:

The agreement includes more than 20 U.S. national team matches each year aired across Telemundo, Universo, Peacock and Telemundos digital platforms.

The partnership begins Tuesday whenthe USWNT takes on New Zealand in an international friendlyat 10 p.m. ET.

Telemundo also has the Spanish-language rights to the 2023 Womens World Cup, 2024 Olympic Games and 2026 Mens World Cup.

U.S. Soccers four-year deal with Telemundo comes after the federation split from Soccer United Marketing. The marketing group sold U.S. Soccers media rights in a package withMLSmatches, and the federation had a 15-year contract withTelevisaUnivision.

The matches covered under the new agreement include friendlies, the SheBelieves Cup and CONCACAF Nations League matches.

Telemundos U.S. Soccer broadcast team includes play-by-play broadcaster and Soccer Hall of Famer Andres Cantor with analysis from former Mexican national team member Manuel Sol. Pre- and postgame coverage will feature journalist Miguel Gurwitz, sports host Ana Jurka andPremier Leaguehost Carlota Vizmanos.

Last March, U.S. Soccer announced aneight-year dealwith Turner Sports and HBO for its English-language media rights that also begins this year.

This deal will give Telemundo even more momentum following its successful coverage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The network has retained the rights to the 2026 World Cup, and with a clear runway toward that next tournament, the network can now plan and produce unique content for fans of the USWNT and USMNT.

Spanish-language soccer broadcasting rights in the U.S. are dominated by NBC Universal Telemundo and Univision. The latter will still broadcast some USMNT matches in Spanish, which reportedly include the Americans participation in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Mens National League Final Four.

Both Telemundo and Univision understand the tremendous value that the U.S. Latino population represents as part of their respective media strategies. And its clear that the U.S. national team properties are a key component of content plans. Cardenas

U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said in a release: Were incredibly excited to begin our partnership with Telemundo as we continue to bring the passion of our sport and National Teams to Spanish-speaking audiences. Its a special time for soccer in the United States, and Telemundos commitment to double-down and amplify the sports growth through their unparalleled portfolio of platforms serves as an incredible foundation of the partnership. With Telemundo as the rights holder of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Womens World Cup, Olympic Games, and the Premier League, there will be prominent opportunities to highlight our players and teams to bring unprecedented access to fans during marquee moments.

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