Rundown of ESPN’s coverage of Landon Donovan’s USMNT farewell match:
· ESPN at 9:40 a.m. ET
: Live interview on SportsCenter
· ESPN3 at 12 p.m.
: Live coverage of Donovan’s U.S. MNT farewell news conference with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati
· ESPN Radio at 1:15 p.m.
: Interview on The Herd with Colin Cowherd
· ESPNEWS: ESPN FC at 6 p.m.
: The daily soccer news program will include interview with Donovan
· ESPN at 7 p.m.: Ian Darke
, analyst Taylor Twellman
and sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez
will provide commentary for USA vs. Ecuador
· ESPN3 Surround:
ESPN3 will carry a feed from one camera exclusively focused on Donovan
· ESPN at 7:45 p.m.:
Donovan will join host Bob Ley
, analysts Alexi Lalas
and Kasey Keller
for a live halftime interview
Landon Donovan is widely considered the best American soccer player in history. His 57 goals and 58 assists playing for his country are both U.S. Men’s National Team records, and tonight he plays his last match in a USA jersey (7 ET, ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio) against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Harford, Conn.
In honor of the occasion, the ESPN marketing department will roll out on social media platforms a “This is SportsCenter” (TISC) campaign spot that has never been seen before, featuring Donovan with three SportsCenter anchors Scott Van Pelt, Stuart Scott and Hannah Storm (see video above).
The “TISC” spot, entitled “Joke,” was filmed at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters in December 2009. It is among several planned content elements today across ESPN’s media platforms, spotlighting the national team career of America’s most-accomplished soccer star (see sidebar). Donovan also starred in a long-running “TISC” spot entitled “Copier,” which also was shot in Bristol in December 2009.
Both “TISC” spots were developed in collaboration with creative agency Wieden + Kennedy New York.
Donovan, 32, has a long association with ESPN. A few of his memorable appearances on ESPN platforms are captured in the photo gallery below.
(L-R) Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer; Florida men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan; Landon Donovan; New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz ; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the the 2013 ESPN Upfront in New York City. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
During a 2010 episode of ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, guest Landon Donovan prepares to play the violin. (Charles Baus/ESPN Images)
Landon Donovan (left), addresses ESPN soccer commentator Ian Darke (center) and analyst Alexi Lalas during the 2013 ESPN Upfront in New York City. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images)
Landon Donovan (10) of the Los Angeles Galaxy holds up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy after winning the 2012 MLS Cup, as seen on ESPN. (Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)
SportsCenter anchors Stuart Scott (left) and Hannah Storm flank soccer star Landon Donovan in this still from a 2009 “This is SportsCenter” spot. (Scott Clarke/ ESPN Images)
SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt runs in this still from a 2009 “This is SportsCenter ” spot campaign, ” Joke” with Landon Donovan. (Scott Clarke/ ESPN Images)