- Behind-the-Scenes Access Features Chronicle the Lives of U.S. Menâ€™s National Team Players in the English Premier League
CHICAGO (June 1, 2011) â€” ussoccer.com is launching the exclusive web series â€œMNT in England,â€ a series of video features chronicling the professional and personal experiences of U.S. Menâ€™s National Team players in the English Premier League. The 15-episode series begins today and will run throughout the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and begins today with Tim Howard reflecting his career and life across the Atlantic. Fans can tweet their comments during the duration of the series using the #MNTinENG hashtag.
In April, ussoccer.com traveled across the pond to get an in-depth look inside the lives of the U.S. National Team players earning their living in one of the most storied and followed leagues in the world. From the training grounds at Blackburn to flying in a plane nearly 3,000 feet in the air, ussoccer.com went from London to Manchester and everywhere in between to look at life abroad with several of the key members of the U.S. team.
In addition to hearing about their professional experiences touching on the highs and lows of life in England, here's some highlights of what you'll see:
- Clint Dempsey talking about his love of bass fishing
- Tim Howard giving a tour of the memorabilia room in his home
- Marcus Hahnemann piloting a four-person plane
- Jermaine Jones explaining his tattoos
- Michael Bradley reflecting on the source of his emotion and intensity
- A game-day stadium experience with Stuart Holden
The MNT Blog will also have bonus clips and deleted scenes, and ussoccer.com will post the best of the rest. Fans got a preview of the features last month when ussoccer.com took you inside the rehab work of midfielder Stuart Holden, who is sidelined for up to six months while recovering from a knee injury.
The U.S. is set to face 2010 FIFA World Champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision.Â More than 57,500 tickets have been sold for the match between the U.S. MNT and the number one team in the world (tickets), a record for a Menâ€™s National Team event in the state of Massachusetts and throughout New England. Three days later, the U.S. begins the quest for its fifth Gold Cup title when they open Group C play against Canada.
In addition to being the confederation championship, the winner of the 2011 Gold Cup will qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup that will be held in Brazil one year before they host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Earlier this week ussoccer.com released an infographic for U.S. fans old and new to catch them up to speed on the biennial regional championship. Fans can follow all of the U.S. matches on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker, and on Twitter @ussoccer.
MNT in England Series
|Ep. #||Release Date||Title||Description|
|1||June 1Â||Howard at HomeÂ||Tim Howard reflects on the ups and downs of his time in the net for Everton and life in England.
|2Â||June 2Â||Life on Loan||Players with experience on loan â€“ Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard â€“ give insight into the dynamics of a career move unique to soccer.
|3Â||June 3Â||An American Midfielder in LondonÂ Â||Clint Dempsey charts his path at Fulham that has seen him become the longest-serving player at the London club.|
|4||June 4Â||Texas to the Thames||Clint Dempsey talks about family life in England, far from his home in the Lone Star State.|
|5Â||June 6Â||Gameday: Stuart Holden||ussoccer.com follows Stuart Holdenâ€™s Gameday experience, from the pre-game ride, to well-wishes from fans and banter with teammates in the locker room.|
|6||June 7Â||International Transfer||Jonathan Spector travels across the Atlantic Ocean as he heads from an MNT game in Nashville to a West Ham United game three days later in London.|
|7||June 8Â||Gameday: Tim Howard||Behind the scenes of Tim Howardâ€™s Gameday experience at to Goodison Park, home of his club Everton.|
|8||June 9Â||Keepsakes||Tim Howard gives a tour of the memorabilia he keeps in his home in England.
|9||June 10Â||English Experience||Michael Bradley discusses his loan move to Aston Villa, his third European club in his career.
|10||June 11Â||Bradley in Birmingham||Michael Bradley shares his thoughts on his time in England and the biggest influences in his life.
|11Â||June 13Â||Marcus of the Midlands||Marcus Hahnemann rides his bike to work and lives in a house built in the 18th century.|
|12||June 14Â||Redbird Flies||Marcus Hahnemann has spent the last year earning his pilot license. ussoccer.com goles along for a ride in the skies above England.
|13||June 15Â||Memories in Ink||Jermaine Jones goes over his tattoos piece by piece and divulges the meaning behind each one.|
|14||June 16Â||American FuÃŸball||Jermaine Jones talks soccer with ussoccer.com, discussing his choice to play for the USA and the rigors of being a professional.|
|15||June 17Â||Jermaine's JourneyÂ||Jermaine Jones analyzes his familyâ€™s move to England and his own memories of growing up in Germany.|