The U.S. Men's National will play its second match of the Semifinal Round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night at Guatemala (8 pm MT), and it will be a return to the old days for fans wanting to watch it on TV.
The game will be broadcast live on pay-per-view and ustream.tv, and not on ESPN, Univision, Fox Soccer, or other U.S. TV partners. It is available for purchase live on both cable and satellite pay-per-view through iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95.
However U.S. soccer has announced a list of bars - including at least two in the Denver area - that will carry the match. Fans will be gathering at the Official U.S. Soccer Bar, Fado Irish Pub in downtown Denver, as well as the Three Lions Pub on Colfax. Fado will charge $10 per person but will provide everyone a $10 Fado Gift Card upon entry. The Three Lions will be collecting $5 at the door to help offset the costs associated with carrying the match.
The worldwide television rights to each World Cup Qualifying match are initially the property of the hosting country, in this case, Guatemala. Traffic Sports acquired the television rights for the match – in both English and Spanish – without any obligation to resell the English-language rights for this particular game to a third party, including the United States. U.S. Soccer and its broadcast partners had discussions with Traffic Sports to purchase the rights, but in the end Traffic Sports opted to distribute the match on pay-per-view in the United States.
The USMNT started off World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda last Friday in Tampa, Florida. On Tuesday night, the team will play its first road match at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
Two other CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match on TV on Tuesday are El Salvador hosting Mexico (7:30 pm MT, Telemundo) and Panama versus Cuba (7 pm MT, ESPN Deportes).
The Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF consists of three groups of four teams each, comprised of the top six seeds (USA, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Cuba) being split into three groups. The top two teams from each group advance to the Final Round, with that stage to be played from February through October 2013. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-place team would then play a two-game playoff against the champion of the Oceania region to determine the other World Cup-bound team.