Telemundo Deportes Presents RUMBO AL MUNDIAL Broadcast for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, presents exclusive "Rumbo al Mundial" broadcast of four key matches in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The broadcast includes Trinidad & Tobago vs. Honduras on Friday, September 1, followed by three matches on Tuesday, September 5: Honduras vs. USA, Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago, and Costa Rica vs. Mexico. With only four games left for each team before the end of the confederation's qualifying, in this round, the six teams continue their battle to stand in the top three and qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The broadcast of the matches will be complemented by "Rumbo al Mundial: Objetivo Rusia," a new, one-hour studio show set to debut on Sunday, August 27 that will air throughout this round and the final fixture of the hexagonal in October. It will feature Telemundo Deportes' soccer experts presenting the latest news and analysis around all the CONCACAF qualifying action. The show will air on Telemundo for two consecutive Sundays and on Tuesday, September 5; all three shows will re-air on Universo.
Additional coverage will also include special content across Telemundo, Universo and Telemundo Deportes' digital platforms.
Coverage kicks off on Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m. ET on Telemundo with the debut of "Rumbo al Mundial: Objetivo Rusia." The first installment of the show will feature a roundtable discussion, analysis and predictions in anticipation of the next round of qualifiers. The show will be anchored by Telemundo Deportes' Andrés Cantor, Sammy Sadovnik, Copán Álvarez, Carlos Hermosillo, Manuel Sol, Miguel Gurwitz and Karim Mendiburu.
On Friday, September 1, Universo will telecast Trinidad & Tobago vs. Honduras beginning with a pre-game show hosted by Ana Jurka at 7:30 p.m. ET. Play-by-play commentator Álvarez will call the match alongside the analysis of Hermosillo.
On Sunday, September 3 at 2 p.m. ET "Rumbo al Mundial: Objetivo Rusia" returns to Telemundo with Cantor, Sadovnik, Hermosillo, Sol and Gurwitz presenting a one-hour preview, ahead of Tuesday's matches, including analysis, highlights and interviews.
The qualifiers continue on Tuesday, September 5 with three exclusive matches. Coverage begins on Universo with a pre-game show hosted by Miguel Gurwitz and Ana Jurka at 5 p.m. ET, followed by Honduras taking on USA. Sadovnik and Álvarez will be calling the action live from the Olímpico Metropolitano stadium in Honduras. Following the matchup, Gurwitz and Jurka return for a post-game special.
The action continues with a simulcast on Telemundo and Universo when Mexico visits Costa Rica. Telemundo will kick off the coverage at 9 p.m. ET with a special preview hosted by Gurwitz and Jurka on studio and live hits from Cantor, Sol and Hermosillo who will call the action from the National Stadium in Costa Rica. The match kicks off at 9:30 p.m. ET live on Telemundo and Universo and will be followed by "Rumbo al Mundial: Objetivo Rusia" post-game special show.