The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) official announced its 2017 broadcast schedule, with Lifetime offering a milestone package of 22 regular season matches as well as both playoff semifinal games and the NWSL championship match.
Sky Blue FC is currently scheduled for four games this season as part of the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime. The New Jersey squad will make its Lifetime debut on Saturday, May 13 when the team travels to Houston to take on the Dash. SBFC will then be featured in one home contest, followed by two additional fixtures over the course of the remaining broadcast schedule.
The New Jersey club will host the Houston Dash on May 20 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. This will mark the first time the Rutgers facility will be featured on national television during the NWSL era. SBFC will also be shown on Lifetime on July 1 when the club faces the North Carolina Courage, and on August 12 when Sky Blue FC travels to the Orlando Pride.
SBFC was last featured on a NWSL televised broadcast on August 7, 2015 against the Houston Dash. This game was featured on the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com. The last time fans could watch the New Jersey side on television was back in 2014 when the squad faced the Western NY Flash on August 13 in Rochester, N.Y. The game was broadcast on ESPN2, and Sky Blue FC defeated the Flash 3-2 in a thriller that kept SBFC in the playoff hunt.
The 2017 broadcast crew for Lifetime will consist of play-by-play announcer Jenn Hildreth, analyst Aly Wagner, host and sideline reporter Dalen Cuff, and 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 NWSL Game of the Week 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 will be able to 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 the 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.