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All Sounders games in Spanish on ESPN Deportes

This just in from the club:

ESPN Deportes Seattle Radio Group with stations in Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia will broadcast live play-by-play coverage of all Sounders FC matches during the 2014 regular season and playoff games, including a 30 minute pregame show and 30 minute post-game analysis in Spanish. The Sounders FC 2014 regular season runs March 8th through October 25th and includes 17 home matches at CenturyLink Field.

Following a season that boasted repeat record attendance for Major League Soccer (MLS), the Sounders FC bet on the growing local Latino population to expand the team's fan base through ESPN Deportes Seattle's listeners.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Seattle's Latino population grew 81% in a ten-year period. On average, the Latino population is younger, households are larger and the percentage of Latino MLS fans, 18 years and older, is more than double that of non-Latino fans of any other professional sports league, according to the MLS.

"We are lucky to be broadcasting in a market that has such a great appreciation for soccer. Whether Cuban, Mexican or Colombian heritage, soccer is a huge part of the Latino culture and we are excited to bring every game live to our loyal listeners throughout the region," said Clara Rivas, Chief Operations Officer for ESPN Deportes Seattle Local Radio Group.

Noe Menendez and Rene Aleman will provide the play-by-play. Together, they have over 25 years of combined broadcast experience and in-depth knowledge of soccer. The duo will be joined by local sports radio co-host's Diego Arrioja and Paco Diaz of "Latinfut Radio Show."

About ESPN Deportes Seattle Radio Group ESPN Deportes Seattle Radio Group in Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia is home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC, an on-air destination for all local professional sports in Spanish that also airs multiple hours of locally produced programming.

It is an extension of the ESPN Deportes Network, a Spanish language sports radio network created and produced by Disney-owned ESPN. The 24-hour programming includes live game-day soccer, call-in talk shows and commentary from hosts about a full range of sporting events, including soccer, American football, baseball and boxing.