The ACC Network is almost here, and that will mean many more live men’s soccer games will be broadcast.
The ACC is one of the best soccer conferences in the country, with eight NCAA titles in the past 18 years. For the past three seasons, at least nine schools from the conference have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Kicking off the broadcast schedule of live games for the ACC Network will be Wake Forest playing host to Creighton on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. from Spry Stadium. The Deacons, who are the four-time defending Atlantic Division champions and are 73-11-7 over the last four seasons under Coach Bobby Muuss, will have four regular-season games on the network.
“I think this is not only great for men’s soccer but for all the sports in the ACC so we are obviously excited about it,” Muuss said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about how they are producing the games. As far as the exposure that will come with it this will benefit the entire conference and all of our soccer teams.”
Other games on the broadcast schedule right now are: a home game against High Point on Oct. 8, a home game against conference rival North Carolina on Oct. 18, and a road game against Louisville in the regular-season finale on Nov. 1.
The ACC Network, which will be in a partnership with ESPN, will debut Aug. 22. There are scheduled to be 450 live games spanning the various sports offered by the conference.
Stacie McCollum, who works as the ESPN senior director of programming, said: “ACC fans are passionate about their sports programs due in large part to their rich tradition of winning, especially in soccer. From top to bottom, the level of play in the ACC is unparalleled, and ACCN will showcase the best teams in the country as they compete during the regular season.”
Men’s soccer will have a dedicated night of games on Fridays and Tuesdays during the fall.
To enhance the broadcasts, a Keeper Cam will be mounted on the goal to bring a unique views of the field.
“Men’s soccer is so strong across the ACC,” said Amy Rosenfeld, an ACC Network senior coordinating producer. “That high level of quality of play warrants the best technology we can implement to showcase this great sport, and serve the fan. We are so excited to debut “Keeper Cam” on men’s collegiate soccer coverage for the first time in history.”
Doing the play-by-play duties will be Dalen Cuff, who has covered just about every sport, including working the broadcasts for the National Women’s Soccer League and United Soccer League. Before joining ESPN, he was a college basketball analyst for NBC Sports Network, and a host and reporter for NBC Sports Boston. Highlighting his time at NBC was reporting from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.