Remember when the United States played away to Jamaica and unless you had satellite TV were left to find a bar or friend's house to watch the match at? Get ready to do it again.
Tonight's U.S. vs. Antigua and Barbuda World Cup qualifier is once again only available on beIN Sport and like last time around, only DirecTV and DISH carry the channel. Well, technically Comcast has the channel, too, but only the Spanish channel, which isn't airing the U.S. match live and is instead showing South American qualifiers, so if you have Comcast you are out of luck.
The match is on beIN as part of a wide right package that the channel bought prior to the last round of qualifiers. The home team holds the TV rights for World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF and the non-U.S. and Mexico federations agreed to sell all of their home qualifiers against the U.S. to beIN. That landed every U.S. road qualifier except for the one against Mexico on beIN Sport and there was nothing the U.S. Soccer Federation could do about it.
The U.S. enters Friday in a three-way tie with Jamaica and Guatemala atop Group A of the semifinal round of qualifying with just two matches left so the pressure is on. Unfortunately, most fans won't be able to watch the match at home and many of their friends won't have the channel either.
If you are looking for a place to watch the match, check out your local American Outlaws bar. It is even a good idea for those of you who get beIN Sport.
United States at Antigua and Barbuda
Game Date/Time: Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
TV: beIN Sport
Streaming: Not available