You probably haven't heard this until now, but the United States is playing Argentina in the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario.
FOX Sports 1 expanded their studio programming for Tuesday night because this is a really big match. Argentina is the top ranked team in the world and features one of the best players of all time. The U.S., the host nation, inspires fervent support and big television numbers.
What are the names and numbers attached to the broadcast?
The semifinals kick off Tuesday, June 21, as a surging United States team, winners of three straight matches and the only team representing CONCACAF in the semifinals, battles five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi and world No. 1-ranked Argentina live on FS1. Renowned play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera calls the action with U.S. National Team all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan providing analysis and Jenny Taft reporting.
FS1 kicks off the night with an expanded two-hour pregame show airing live from Houston, with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.
Rob Stone hosts pre-match, halftime and post-match coverage alongside Alexi Lalas, Fernando Fiore, Aly Wagner and Stu Holden live from NRG Stadium. Later, Fiore hosts a 60-minute edition of COPA TONIGHT at 1:00 AM ET from Houston, joined by Lalas, Wagner and Holden.
Grant Wahl continues his role as correspondent-at-large, and Dr. Joe Machnik provides expert analysis on key refereeing decisions.
I recognize most of those names!
FOX is putting a lot of effort into their broadcasts. The four Copa America matches featuring the USMNT have drawn big ratings and viewer numbers, and one imagine this semifinal match will be setting a record for the channel.