EDITOR’S NOTE: ESPN’s MLS Is Back Tournament coverage continues with three matches tonight – D.C. United vs. New England Revolution (ESPN, ESPN3) and Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes) at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Real Salt Lake versus Minnesota United FC (ESPN, ESPN Deportes) at 10:30 p.m. Full Schedule.
Houston-based bureau reporter Stefano Fusaro arrived in Orlando on June 30 and is covering the MLS Is Back Tournament for ESPN through the Final on Aug. 11.
Fusaro is ESPN’s lone reporter embedded within the ‘MLS bubble. He is covering the sidelines during the 28 matches on ESPN in addition to providing regular updates in both English and Spanish on a variety of ESPN and ESPN Deportes programs, including SportsCenter, Get Up, ESPN FC, Banter with Taylor Twellman, and Jorge Ramos Y Su Banda.
Fusaro calls the experience “surreal”: “Never did I expect to be in a situation like this where I’m ostensibly living under the same roof as the entire MLS delegation – players, coaches, officials, staff, etc. It’s just a different experience that I would never have expected to be in.”
Along with veteran producer Jim Witalka and a cameraman, Fusaro has been working long days.
“It’s been wild but in a good way,” he says.
When ESPN airs a 9 a.m. match, he typically gets up at 6 a.m. to go to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. With evening doubleheaders at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Fusaro is also working late nights. When he’s not covering matches, Fusaro is behind the scenes securing interviews with coaches and players, like his conversation today with LA Galaxy and Mexico National Team star Chicharito.
A native of South Florida, Fusaro, is glad to be back in his home state even if he can’t get to Miami to see family and friends during this assignment. Speaking of family, he is very thankful for Facetime which has allowed him to stay in touch with his wife and six-month-old daughter.