PHILADELPHIA - The men's and women's soccer programs at the University of Pennsylvania have been superb at home over the past three seasons, with a combined 36-15-5 record at Rhodes Field. Starting with the 2011 campaigns, Penn fans unable to make it to Rhodes Field will be able to catch all the action live on their computers, as both teams are the latest additions to the Penn Sports Network's lineup of broadcasts.
Starting with the defending Ivy League champion women's team and its home opener on Sept. 2 against UMBC and continuing all the way until a Nov. 5 doubleheader with archrival Princeton, all 18 home men's and women's matches will be broadcast live and in High Definition on the Penn Sports Network. In addition, thanks to increased live-stream sharing with Ivy League partner Columbia, subscribers to the Penn Sports Network will be able to watch both programs play at Columbia the weekend of Oct. 7-8 online at PennAthletics.com.
Men's head coach Rudy Fuller and women's head coach Darren Ambrose are both excited to bring their matches to the masses with their addition to the Penn Sports Network's lineup.
"The alumni, family, friends, and other fans of Penn Soccer have been clamoring for streaming video of our matches over the past few years," said Fuller. "Both teams have achieved a great deal of success recently and many folks have not been able to see the teams play firsthand. We are thrilled that we will finally be able to give everyone the opportunity to see the teams compete. It will continue to strengthen the bond between our program and our fans."
Ambrose, entering his 12th season at the helm of the Quakers, echoes Fuller's excitement.
"Having Penn Soccer home games available to all of our fans, alumni and families is invaluable," he said. "It fosters a greater connection to the programs for everyone involved. Being a program that draws its student-athletes from a national pool means that sometimes parents can't make it to every game, and this will allow them to watch their daughters from home when they can't make it to Philadelphia. In addition, we can reach out to our alumni base and showcase the exciting brand of soccer we produce while also affording the next generation of Quakers to see our style in high definition."
With the news of the United States Men's National Team's time at Rhodes Field this week preparing for its match with Mexico, Rhodes Field's status as one of the elite facilities in college soccer has been confirmed. A 650-seat venue nestled alongside the Schuylkill River and featuring beautiful Riviera Bermuda grass, Rhodes Field will no doubt make a seamless transition to a life of high-definition broadcasts.
"Fans unable to join us in Philly will be able to watch both programs from the comfort of their home while still experiencing the amazing quality of Rhodes Field," said Fuller, who is entering his 14th season at Penn. "We have all put a lot of work into making Rhodes Field one of the premier facilities for soccer on the East Coast -- not only for collegiate soccer but for world-class sides such as the U.S. and Colombian national teams as well as the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS to train. I can't wait to see what it looks like in high definition."
Starting with the 2010-11 season, Penn Athletics has broadcast more than 60 contests online as part of the Penn Sports Network. Last year, Penn fans watched as football, sprint football and gymnastics all won league championships live on the PSN. In addition to those three sports, field hockey, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, swimming, wrestling, track and field, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse have all had contests broadcast live and in high definition on the PSN with baseball joining in as an audio-only broadcast.
"The quality of the production on the Penn Sports Network for live broadcasts is one of the best in the Ivy League," Ambrose said. "I know that the marketing and broadcasting team puts a lot of time and effort into making sure Penn fans can see every home game, and we are excited to join the lineup."
Fuller concurs with his counterpart.
"This is yet another example of the athletic administration's support of Penn Soccer," Fuller said. "Our athletic director, Steve Bilsky, has always been a staunch supporter of the men's and women's soccer programs at Penn. This latest development will ensure that both programs continue to challenge for Ivy League titles and remain competitive nationally for years to come."
Fans interested in purchasing a subscription for the Penn Sports Network can do so here.
Penn Athletics offers three subscription options to Quakers fans:
12-Month PSN Subscription: $69.95
4-Month PSN Subscription: $29.95
1-Month PSN Subscription: $9.95
All PSN Subscriptions include access to every sport broadcast over the Penn Sports Network during the duration of the subscription as well as any "Subscriber-Only" content produced throughout the subscription.