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United Soccer League to Debut First-Ever Theme Music During Historic CBS Broadcast

By Staff, 04/04/24, 3:00PM EDT


Famed music producer Joseph Sicurella’s anthemic composition to feature in the first network television match broadcast in USL history

TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League will debut its first-ever broadcast theme music for the USL Championship and USL League One this Saturday on the CBS Television Network during the first match broadcast on network television in USL history.  

The game features Louisville City FC hosting Indy Eleven in the latest edition of the LIPAFC rivalry with kickoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET. The broadcast will also stream on Paramount+. 

Composed by Emmy-nominated music producer Joseph Sicurella and veteran songwriter Nathan Padgett, “United Pulse: Heartbeat of the USL” captures the intensity and energy of USL action on the field and the passion and authenticity of the supporters in the stands. 


“Bringing to life the USL Championship and USL League One through music was a vital step in elevating the experience for fans in our match broadcasts this year,” said Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President of Media for the USL. “Working with a talented and experienced composer like Joe Sicurella and his team to create the first USL broadcast theme song helped us truly capture the sound of our sport and our leagues. We can’t wait to debut it on CBS on Saturday." 

Sicurella’s resume is second-to-none in the music, entertainment, and advertising industries. He has collaborated with such icons as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, and Whitney Houston, and received many prestigious accolades, including Emmy nominations, AICP Awards and CLIO Awards. 

His music production for television includes co-compositions and production work on iconic themes for sports and news shows, such as The NFL Today, NBC Nightly News, The NBA on CBS, and CBS college football programming.

“My team and I are thrilled to be involved in the first USL theme song, and we worked very hard to reflect the energy of the league and the fans in composing ‘United Pulse: Heartbeat of the USL,’” Sicurella said. “Working closely with the league to shape the sound of the USL on broadcast was an exciting opportunity to create a unique and memorable musical identity.” 

Padgett is an award-winning composer, songwriter, arranger and orchestrator who has composed music for the Walt Disney Company, Mercedes-Benz, and Procter & Gamble. He created the musical themes for ESPN's ACCN Network when it launched in 2019, and for the James Cameron-produced documentary The Game Changers.

Music producer Joseph Sicurella recording “United Pulse: Heartbeat of the USL”

In addition to the debut of “United Pulse: Heartbeat of the USL,” the Louisville City FC-Indy Eleven match on CBS this Saturday will include the premiere of a new, exclusive graphics package that expresses the color and motion of the USL Championship and USL League One. Developed by CBS Sports’ in-house graphics team, the package will feature during USL Championship and USL League One broadcasts throughout the 2024 season. 

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