January 10, 2023
Warner Bros. Discovery Sports announced that its eight-year coverage of U.S. Soccer will kick off Jan. 17 with HBO Max’s first-ever domestic live sports coverage featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team traveling to face the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-host New Zealand at 10 p.m. ET. Max will also stream the follow up match between Team USA and New Zealand live from Auckland on Jan. 20, at 10 p.m. ET. The matches will also be broadcast on TNT.
The women’s team is the reigning World Cup champion since 2015, and has won the quadrennial competition four times.
WBD Sports’ soccer analysts on Max and TNT will feature three National Soccer Hall of Famers — Julie Foudy, DaMarcus Beasley and Shannon Boxx — along with former U.S. Men’s National Team player Kyle Martino.
Canadian Luke Wileman will serve as TNT and HBO Max’s lead play-by-play voice for U.S. Soccer. A veteran of numerous FIFA World Cups, including this year’s event in Qatar, Wileman has called many of the world’s biggest soccer showcases.
Four-time Emmy Award-winning sports broadcast Sara Walsh will host WBD Sports’ studio coverage of U.S. Soccer. Currently a host for NFL Network, Walsh previously spent seven years with ESPN, including as anchor of its flagship program “SportsCenter.”
Melissa Ortiz will serve as a reporter for TNT and HBO Max. Previously, she worked as a host, studio analyst, commentator and sideline reporter for Fox Sports, ESPN and FuboTV. At the end of 2022 she served as a FIFA World Cup digital analyst and host in Qatar.