With the MLS season just around the corner, the San Jose Earthquakes have announced their broadcast schedule and several other in-house media initiatives.
All seventeen Quakes home games this coming season will appear on CSN California, with four games on CSN Bay Area and three on CSN Plus. Play-by-play announcer Anthony Passarelli and color-commentator Chris Dangerfield return to the booth for the third consecutive season and Danielle Slaton, former US Women’s National Team and Santa Clara University star, also joins the broadcast team as a sideline reporter, replacing popular reporter Kate Scott, who couldn’t continue her role with the Quakes due to her growing responsibilities with Pac-12 Networks.
“CSN has been a great partner for us,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “We are excited to ensure Quakes fans can watch their team all season long with CSN’s excellent broadcast team.”
Well, it looks like the news that I won’t be roaming the sideline for the @SJEarthquakes this season broke while I was napping, so now seems the perfect time to tell y’all a little story. From screaming at my television as the Clash beat DC United in the league’s debut back in 1996, to leading cheers with the Blue Crew during the “greatest game in MLS history” in 2003, to spending the Quakes inaugural match at the Avaya singing and waving flags with the Ultras last March, San Jose soccer is in my blood. Needless to say, it has been an absolute honor to work with and cover the MLS club that I love for the past three seasons. Unfortunately, my PxP dreams and responsibilities at the Pac-12 Networks are taking me away from the boys this year, but I know that our paths will cross again. Until they do, sincerest thanks to everyone in the organization. Dave, John, Jed, and Jake for your support. Miguel and the crew, for always letting me chat with the guy we both wanted first. Mike and all of the underappreciated game day folks, for making sure I never got cracked in the head by a stray pregame shot. Dominic and the boys, for showing me the utmost respect, always. Anthony, Chris, and everyone at CSN for teaching me so much and being so damn fun to work with. And, of course, all you Quakes fans for the never-ending “hellos!” and high fives. Your humor, kindness, and friendship will stay with me forever. #SeeYouAtLOBINA #COYQ #Quakes74
The Quakes have ten national broadcasts, two on Fox Sports 1, one on ESPN and seven on UniMas, including the annual California Clasico matchup with the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium.
Fox will televise the Quakes’ meeting with the Portland Timbers on March 13 and their trip to the LA Galaxy in May, while ESPN will broadcast the Goonies’ matchup with Sporting Kansas City in April.
All MLS games will be streamed online via MLS live, subject to local blackouts and match highlights will be available online via MLSSoccer.com and the Quakes’ official Youtube channel. Quakes games will also air on KLIV radio in English and KZSF “La Kaliente” in Spanish for the sixth straight year.
Notably, the Earthquakes are also set to launch a new radio show, The Soccer Hour, on KNBR 1050, which will debut tonight at 7 p.m. with Ted Ramey, the play-by-play announcer for Earthquakes matches on 1590 KLIV, as host. The show will air every Wednesday at 7 p.m and will focus on the Earthquakes, MLS and the global game. Earthquakes coaches and players will appear on the show alongside a wide range of soccer experts.
For tonight’s kickoff, Ramey will be joined by legendary soccer broadcaster J.P. Della camera and CSN commentator Dangerfield. The show will also be offered in podcast form after the fact.