It is an exciting time for two D.C. United alumni, former coach Ray Hudson and star John Harkes. They co-host "The Football Show" at 7 a.m. on weekdays on Sirius XM FC 94. The new channel is dedicated to soccer talk all day and features matches from the major European soccer leagues as part of its programming.
From his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Hudson shared his excitement about the new channel and the many options soccer fans now have to enjoy their sport. Hudson, who coached United in 2002-03, also was pleased about his former team's return to the MLS playoffs.
Did you ever think there would be an all-soccer channel in the United States?
Hudson » "We have never seen a time in this country when there has been a bigger appetite for all things soccer. I know that in Washington and around the country we now have four full-time television channels dedicated to importing the best soccer leagues from around the world. Nowhere else on the planet can fans see the best leagues in Europe, South America and international competitions like we can now see here in the U.S. It's because there is a real demand for quality soccer talk that Sirius XM was able to launch a full-time soccer channel to go with the NFL, MLB, NHL and NASCAR channels."
What about Sirius XM FC 94?
"I am telling you that from the moment that John Harkes starts our show at 7 a.m. till it is over at 9 a.m., we have a full board of calls from all over the country. There are plenty of good callers from Washington who ring us up and talk about everything from Real Madrid to Chelsea and, of course, the love for D.C. United. We also offer a full slate of live games from all the top world leagues as well, so we have a complete package of soccer talk and live content."
What about D.C. United going back to the MLS playoffs?
Hudson » "That is wonderful news, and I could not be happier for Ben Olsen and the team. The MLS is always better off when Washington is in the playoffs and [an MLS Cup] contender. The fan base is both knowledgeable and passionate, and it is a world-class soccer city."
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.