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Getting your TV situation sorted out for Olympic soccer

Portrait of US player Brek Shea taken be

Portrait of US player Brek Shea taken before the friendly football match France v. USA on November 11, 2011 at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern Paris. AFP PHOTO JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Some things in life are hard; there’s just no getting around it. Like tax law, or remembering all those secure passwords.

So it could be with viewing Olympic soccer qualifying, featuring the United States and Mexico. I’m not going to lie; this could be a challenge. When you study the options and plot the “live chat” as a viable, fallback plan, that seems less than ideal.

Olympic qualifying is not a big TV draw, so the big boys were happy to hand off these games to lesser ports of viewing call. That’s “lesser” news for many of us.

Officially speaking, the matches are televised live on the Universal Sports Network, on Mun2 and streamed live at

Well, here’s the thing: Universal Sports Network is just a rumor to my cable system – which makes it a rumor for me, too. After some diligent research with the remote, I was pleased to see that Mun2 is, in fact, on my system. Currently on Mun2 as I’m writing, a video from 3ball MTY, which is apparently a teenage boy band out of Monterrey. (Let’s hope they don’t juggle the lineup later tonight, otherwise I’m going to have a seriously tough time explaining to my girlfriend why two hours of Latino boy bands have popped up on the DVR.)

I’m probably lucky; I suspect Mun2’s national market penetration is something less than, say, NBC’s.

Streaming live on CONCACAF’s site? Pardon me if I have no faith, based on everything else about soccer’s regional governing body, which has been run through the reputation wringer pretty good, ranging from notoriously controversial to comically dysfunctional at times.

I understand the streaming has been out-sourced. Still, considering potential server overload or technical gremlins, you might have a better chance of seeing tonight’s action from Nashville via the tallest building in your area and a seriously badass telescope.

So … good luck! Let’s hope with some diligent prep that you won’t need it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Latino videos to catch up on.