The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced the full, 22-game Lifetime broadcast schedule. The lineup includes seven total matches for the Pride – tied for the most in the league – and is highlighted by the Club’s April 22 home opener against the Washington Spirit.
Featuring play-by-play announcer Jenn Hildreth, analyst Aly Wagner, and host and sideline reporter Dalen Cuff as well as select appearances by analyst and sideline reporter Kate Markgraf, the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will air every Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute pregame show leading up to kickoff at 4 p.m. ET.
The Pride begin the season with back-to-back games on Lifetime, first traveling to face Portland Thorns FC on April 15 at 3 p.m. ET, before unveiling Orlando City Stadium on the national stage on April 22 against the Washington Spirit. Fans are called upon to #FillTheBowl for the marquee match-up and pack the 25,500-seat venue, which would break the NWSL attendance record that was previously set at 23,403 by Orlando in last year’s home opener.
Tickets to the home opener, and all Pride home games, are available at orlando-pride.com or by calling (855) ORL-CITY. Season ticket packages, which include a ticket for all 12 home matches, are also available at orlando-pride.com/tickets.
The home broadcast schedule also includes: June 24 against Houston, Aug. 12 against Sky Blue FC and back-to-back matches against Boston and Seattle on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, respectively.
The Pride’s July 22 match at the Chicago Red Stars will also be aired as the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime.
The NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will also be available for live and on-demand streaming via the Lifetime iOS and Android apps and online at MyLifetime.com. In addition, international fans outside of the United States can watch live and on-demand streaming of the Game of the Week via NWSLsoccer.com.
Jenn Hildreth – Play-By-Play
A versatile broadcaster who has covered women's soccer as a play-by-play announcer, host, analyst and reporter, Hildreth served as play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and has been filling the same role for ESPN's coverage of college soccer, including the 2016 NCAA Women's College Cup. She is well known to NWSL fans for announcing in the 2015 and 2016 seasons and Championship games. Hildreth's resume also includes play-by-play duties for basketball, softball and gymnastics, as well as sideline reporting for football, basketball and baseball. In college, Hildreth played goalkeeper at Emory University, where she lettered in basketball, soccer and track and field.
Aly Wagner – Analyst
Former U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup athlete, Wagner served as an analyst on FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and currently works on their USWNT matches. Wagner was featured on-air talent at the 2017 NWSL College Draft. After winning the MAC Hermann trophy as the top women’s college soccer player in 2002, Wagner was the number one overall selection in the 2003 Women’s United Soccer Association Draft. She played professionally for several years in the WUSA and the Women’s Professional Soccer League.
Dalen Cuff - Pregame Host and Sideline reporter
As a host/reporter at Comcast SportsNet New England, Cuff covered Major League Soccer and the New England Revolution. He hosted "Revolution Post-game Live," the Emmy nominated bi-weekly show, "State of the Revs," and wrote for CSNNE.com. He worked for NBC Sports Network, most recently as part of NBC's Olympics coverage in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. A former basketball player at Columbia University, Cuff is currently a college basketball in-game and studio analyst for ESPN.
Kate Markgraf - Analyst and Pregame Host
An analyst for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League and USWNT coverage, Markgraf was a member of NBC’s Olympic soccer coverage for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. She became the first women analyst to work a major men’s soccer tournament to air in the United States, during ESPN’s coverage of the 2016 European Championship. A former starting defender on the USWNT from 1998-2010, Markgraf earned two Olympic gold medals and a silver medal. In 1999, she won FIFA Women’s World Cup and went on to finish third in 2003 and 2007. She played professionally in the WUSA and WPS. Markgraf was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where as a member of the Fighting Irish soccer team, she was a three-time All-American.