'Soccer Matters With Glenn Davis' to premiere July 18

FOX Sports Houston has partnered with former professional soccer star and nationally recognized broadcaster Glenn Davis to produce an informative weekly magazine show that focuses on youth, amateur and pro soccer in Houston and around the world.

SOCCER MATTERS WITH GLENN DAVIS premieres on Saturday, July 18 at 9:00 AM CT on FOX Sports Houston with new episodes airing every Saturday and replayed throughout the week

The 30-minute program will cover the sport at all levels and will feature local, national and international topical soccer information. It will include highlights, interviews with the game's top newsmakers, and in-depth stories, ranging from Houston's youth leagues to the MLS and Houston Dynamo to globally recognized clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.

"Soccer fans are thirsting for information and teaming with FOX Sports Houston will be the perfect combination for what I believe is truly important programming," said Davis, a former collegiate All-American who played professional soccer for six years in four different leagues. "Houston fans will find this show entertaining, thoughtful and informative.

"It will remind us all of the big picture of the global game of soccer through our connections locally on up to the biggest clubs and national teams in the world. It will push, prod and get one to think about their place in the global world of soccer. The game effects humanity around the globe more than any other sport. It's been embraced by so many people in America and has become a part of our culture. This show will remind us that we are connected globally to the beautiful game."

Davis is widely considered one of soccer's top broadcasters. He has called World Cup Finals for ESPN, the Olympics for NBC, and MLS games for FOX Sports Net regional affiliates and HD Net. He also hosts the "U.S. Youth Soccer Show" on FOX Soccer Channel, and the "Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis" radio show on 790 AM in Houston, in addition to writing a popular soccer column for the Houston Chronicle.

His tireless work developing and coaching youth leagues in the Houston area and creating exchange programs with youth clubs around the world have helped grow awareness of the sport in the United States. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from his alma mater David and Elkins College in West Virginia for his dedication and service to soccer.

"We're excited to join forces with a well-respected member of the soccer fraternity like Glenn Davis," said FOX Sports Houston Executive Producer Jeff Hallas. "His passion for the game, his connections within the soccer world, and his broadcast experience will make this a 'must see' program for soccer enthusiasts. He'll cover it all from the youth leagues to the international scene. We expect the program to make quite an impact on a very vibrant soccer community in Houston."

FOX Sports Houston is part of FSN's group of regional sports networks across the United States that specialize in local sports programming. FOX Sports Houston reaches over 4.2 million cable and satellite TV homes in Houston and surrounding markets in Texas and Louisiana. The regional sports network offers a strong lineup of local sports programming and is the home for Houston Astros and Houston Rockets games, Houston Texans weekly shows during the NFL season, coverage of Big 12 Conference events (including football and basketball), local high school games, local college coaches shows, and customized regional shows and specials.