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Saturday Kickaround

*Read my story about D.C. United at the midway point of the MLS season.

*Check the Denver weather forecast for tonight's DCU-Colorado match (9:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet).

*The third-place Washington Freedom begins a stretch of three straight road games today at second-place St. Louis. I seem to recall an incident involving Abby Wambach and Daniela the last time these WPS clubs met.

*This was announced a few days ago and I neglected to mention it, so here goes: The Trophee des Champions, featuring the French Cup winner (Guincamp) and Ligue 1 champion (Bordeaux), will be played at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on July 25.

*In USL2, Crystal Palace Baltimore moved into second place with a 2-1 victory at Bermuda. Enjoy the pink sand, lads.

*The end of Setanta?

*The Commish Don Garber, on ESPN2's College World Series-MLS conflict Wednesday: "It is ESPN's company policy that the network stays with live events on their networks through the completion. This policy is part of our agreement with the network. The same situation would occur if an event was following a live MLS event that ran over the allotted time. ESPN was prepared with studio updates, alerts and cut-ins so that our fans could be informed on the game status, but clearly it was very disappointing that our fans couldn't see live a great demonstration of MLS at its best."

Confederations Cup, MLS and SuperLiga schedules on the continuation of this post.....

*Confederations Cup today:
Spain (2-0-0) vs. South Africa (1-0-1), 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Univision)
Iraq (0-1-1) vs. New Zealand (0-2-0), 2:30 p.m. (Telefutura)

*MLS today:
Los Angeles at San Jose, 4:30 (ESPN2)
Seattle at New York, 7:30
Real Salt Lake at Houston, 8:30
Columbus at Dallas, 8:30 (FSC)
DCU at Colorado, 9:30 (Comcast SportsNet)

*SuperLiga today:
San Luis at Chicago, 8 (Telefutura)
Tigres at Chivas USA, 10 (Telefutura)

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2009; 7:14 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , France , Freedom , MLS , TV , USL  
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Conferdations Cup: Iraq vs NZ (ESPN2 Taped Delayed 0100 Sun 6/21)

Posted by: J_S_F | June 20, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

*SuperLiga today:
San Luis at Chicago, 8 (Telefutura)
Tigres at Chivas USA, 10 (Telefutura)

By Steve Goff | June 20, 2009; 7:14 AM ET

Didn't DC United qualify for this based on their USOC win? It's hard to know what tournaments we're playing in anymore.

The Commish Don Garber, on ESPN2's College World Series-MLS conflict Wednesday: "Blah blah blah."

By Steve Goff | June 20, 2009; 7:14 AM ET

Why not address the fact that ESPN has 42 different networks and isn't afraid to bump other sports onto "Classic" or "The U" and run a banner on the bottom of the screen. I'm happy they went ahead and showed the entire match (which I didn't bother to tape, seeing as how I listened to it on the radio instead), but to not have that game on live, somewhere, was just another slap in the face to MLS. I'll bet they can't wait to get out of the TV contract once Beckham is sold. You already see they dumped the Thursday night games after a year. There's probably a caveat for renegotiation, sort of like a "key man" clause.



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

On Setanta...

It sounds like a ponzi scheme to me. Offering investors (subscribers) massive return on their investment (content). Then having to bring in more investors to pay off the monies owed to the ones they already have (broadcast rights deals).



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Disney has been associated with MLS since day one; in other words, for a decade before anyone even suggested the possibility of Beckham playing in this country.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 20, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

LA v San Jose's game today on espn2 will be run over by hunting show an will not be seen until almost at the end.
Excited for the spain v south africa game though. Let's hope it won't be run over by you know....

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | June 20, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

LA v San Jose's game today on espn2 will be run over by hunting show an will not be seen until almost at the end.


I'm not completely convinced that wouldn't be a bad thing. Part of what annoyed me about the DC-Seattle game being pre-empted was that it was the perfect showcase for MLS. Big, energetic crowd, attack attack attack, skill aplenty, international stars, up and coming young Americans, and goals goals goals. This game will have Joe Cannon and Dema Kovalenko, and LA will find some half-fluky way to tie it and bunker in the 83rd minute.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 20, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

RE: Didn't DC United qualify for this based on their USOC win? It's hard to know what tournaments we're playing in anymore.

The USOC winner qualifies for the CONCACAF Champion's League along with the Supporter's Shield winner, MLS Cup winner and runner-up. Because Columbus was both MLS Cup winner and Supporter's Shield winner, the next best league record also qualified. After that they gave the next best four regular season records the Superliga spots this year so they don't have all the fixture congestion like last year. Because of this, it appears like the bigger Mexican league teams aren't as interested and some passed.

It seems like Setanta should have picked up fewer leagues if they were going to pay that much money for rights deals. My cable offers Setanta, but it costs the same as a premium movie channel package just for the one channel. When you can watch the Premier League on FSC as part of basic cable, why pay $16 a month for Wigan vs Portsmouth? The only way I can see Setanta being worth it is if they're a big rugby or Celtic or Rangers fan.

Posted by: thrh1 | June 20, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

What time did they finally show the Sounders-DCU game? I checked back at 11:30pm and basebore was still on, and went to sleep.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | June 20, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Am I being too optimistic when I think the death of Setanta may mean that a free/cable network will pick up those EPL games?

Anyone know (or care to speculate) when we can expect EPL and Champions League games in HD?

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 20, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

sorry I don't buy ESPN's excuse - staying with live events is all well and good, but there's no reason that taped programming on another ESPN channel couldn't have been bumped and a ticker placed on the original channel giving viewers the option to switch to that channel if they want to watch live

I am ambivalent about ESPN - their commentators and studio hosts are generally horrible, but their technical and game production staff seem pretty darn good with all the amazing camera angles

Posted by: Pedalada | June 20, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

ESPN did run a ticker on the bottom of the baseball game stating the DCU-Seattle was available on While they could have run that ticket earlier, I did watch most of the game because of that ticker announcement. Since I only get ESPN and ESPN2 it would not have been good for me to have the game moved. I, for one, completely agree with the ESPN policy. Every sport has fans and the policy treats all equally, whether you like it on not.

Posted by: rtm1 | June 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

it would also help if live events were not scheduled as lead-ins to MLS matches - wasn't that given as one reason for moving away from an all-Thursday schedule?

Posted by: Pedalada | June 20, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I just watched the first half of United-Seattle. I don't think I was ever impressed with either Perkins or Rimando.

Wicks is playing out of his mind. And Seattle have a tremendously dynamic offense. I wasn't just our defense.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 20, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Garber's defense of ESPN is so freaking disingenuous. Because matches can end in draws, the ONLY way MLS coverage would likely ever run over the allotted time is in the playoffs where added time (and/or PKs) is necessary.

Posted by: silent-bob | June 20, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rtm1 | June 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse


Exactly. Stations like Classic are obligated by sponsors/producers and are able to show only a certain amount of live content. ESPN can't shuffle programming as freely as some here would like. If they held to the standard of showing only the portion of the broadcast in the timeslot it was assigned, how many would complain if the MLS Cup went to OT and they cut it off?

You can't have it both ways.

Posted by: Josh8 | June 20, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

No, you can't have it both ways, but you can almost assume that a baseball game never stays within its bounds unless there is a rain out. With all that scratchin' and spittin' and changin' pitchers based on the next batter's horoscope, you will run over every time.

Posted by: bdwooton | June 20, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

While I understand the policy to carry on the every game until it ends, it would have been nice to have a policy to have a back up channel to readily available. If I am not mistaken there were two espn channels showing the same bb game. It helps for few to have notified that the game was shown on espn360 but how many people have access to that? It's still a major disappointment.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | June 20, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The ESPN thing was ridiculous.

Of course, the Don totally ignores the real issue.

No one expected them to cut away from the baseball game, but I do expect them to put the other game on another ESPN channel until the baseball game is over. ESPN Classic was showing Tiger Woods reruns, and ESPN news actually broke into the baseball game (it was on two channels) while the soccer game got shut out.

Many areas and cable systems do not have, so that was worthless for me.

And, Don, when was the last time a soccer game ran over? With no overtime, that doesn't happen to often. Dumbass.

Posted by: TrueCrew | June 20, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I don't think I was ever impressed with either Perkins or Rimando.

Wicks is playing out of his mind.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 20, 2009 11:10 AM |

Therein lies the problem. Rimando (statistically DC's all-time best goalkeeper) and Perkins (one of a handful who isn't a national team regular to get major playing time overseas, kind of like Hahnemann pre-USMNT backup role) were never "playing out of their minds" when in goal for DC. Whilst Wicks is making the routine look amazing, that will wear off at some point soon. What Wicks does then will set the standard by which he should be judged.

Crayton looked good at the beginning of his stint here, we just had no offense, no heart and no defense in front of him. So when things improved in front of him, he was found out rather quickly.

Disney has been associated with MLS since day one...before...Beckham..

Posted by: universityandpark | June 20, 2009 8:50 AM

Yes, but when the Beckham rule was announced, they were one of the first ones to fork over major $$$ to lock him up on their airtime. The sham scheduling in 2007 proved this out. Back in the winter, once Beckham went to Milan, ESPN dumped the Thursday regular time slot and basically put MLS at their mercy to have games every night of the week to fit their schedule, not ours. If Beckham doesn't return there will be renegotiation on the money paid to MLS by ESPN is what I'm saying, not that they will dump the league entirely.



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe all these people are defending ESPN! First of all, they never show any highlights on Sportscenter or have any kind of highlight show like they devote to baseball, etc. Heck if they devoted as much airtime to soccer as they do poker i'd be happy.

2nd, I for one (and i think most people) weren't complaining that they stayed with the live game to its conclusion. It was excruciating painful to watch such a sorry game, but that was only because they wouldnt show the MLS game on any of the other 5 channels that most people get. Very few people get espn 360. But again, if there were other live games on, i would understand. However they were showing only one live sports event, the bball on ESPN2. ESPN was baseball tonight, which could have been delayed as it often is due to baseball games running long. ESPNU (i think) was the US Open replay of Tiger and Rocco...which certainly could have been delayed. And ESPN classic was the US-Italy game. There may be some kind of contractual obligation to show it more than once in a certain number of hours, but i highly doubt it since the other Spain and Brazil games (which probably had higher ratings) weren't replayed that i know of. AND, ESPN News is soley ESPN programming. They show the same stuff over and over and could easily have put the MLS game on it. Especially since they always cut into it to show press conferences and all kinds of other crap.

The whole deal here is that they routinely push other games onto the main channels and they dont for soccer cause they couldn't care less about MLS. They pay just enough lip service to it, to pretend they care, but they really don't. And the fact that none of the on-air employees of ESPN stick there necks an inch to call them on it just a little disheartening as well. For them to value soccer so much, they sure value their pay checks a whole lot more than promoting the game.

The other good point that was brought up about scheduling a game at the end of a baseball game that you know is gonna run long is again more proof they don't care at all. I got the same excuse Garber gave when i emailed ESPN. The problem is they have such a monopoly, but I am this close to boycotting, the fantasy games and everything else they have. If they don't give a rat's ass about me as a soccer fan, i shouldn't support them. I know it won't make a difference to them, and i'll be the one punished in the long run since i won't be able to see things like US games,etc and thats the only reason i haven't done it yet, but they need to understand that soccer fans aren't exclusively soccer fans and that pissing off a devoted, if small, number of your target audience at some point is going to bite you in the ass.

Posted by: Brian76 | June 20, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Is there a thread to discuss the US-Brazil game and the future of American soccer? Because I'd like to talk about that.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 20, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

It was a total dis of MLS by ESPN and Garber's response to the programming conflict was lame. As already said, they could have easily shuffled the lineup and bumped the replay of the 2002 U.S. Open for a live event. A simple test-would they have dropped coverage of an NFL game in the same situation? Of course not.

Posted by: hudson22 | June 20, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The real action tonight takes place in Chattanooga, TN in the NPSL. NPSL? you ask. Si senor. and better quality than you might think. Tonight Huntsville, Alabama's Rocket City United, with strong ties to the DC area and DCU fandom, travel to Chattanooga FC, who avg.a quite respectable 1,500 per game. In a year or two, you'll be reading about a few former Rocket Cty. United players playing in Europe or MLS and wonder how DCU missed them. Here's to hoping they don't.

Posted by: bama2 | June 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

[...]the ONLY way MLS coverage would likely ever run over the allotted time is in the playoffs where added time (and/or PKs) is necessary.
Posted by: silent-bob | June 20, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Rain delay

I fell left out as I'm the only one here without a copy of the MLS-ESPN contract for the 2009 season. Would someone e-mail it to me?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse


You don't make any sense. Wicks has been starting for about four games now. That he doesn't have the record of Rimando and Perkins yet is a no-brainer. But right now, he is looking like a better keeper. They wouldn't have save Alonso's shot either.

Wicks is making excellent saves. The scrutiny on goalkeepers right now is Way more than Rimando or Perkins had to deal with, because we are still waiting for the other shoe to drop (myself included). Plus, Rimando was with us a long time, so that's why he is currently our best all time goalkeeper. I liked him, but Reality, brother.

As for Garber's saying that the same thing would happen if MLS ran over. Yeah. IF the game suddenly became 242 minutes long. What a stupid comment. We got screwed.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 20, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Garber's doesn't get it, or he's deliberately ignoring the real point. NO one expected ESPN2 to drop the baseball game. That was a live event. But, ESPN Classic and ESPNU were showing taped events. And ESPN News was doing what ESPN News does, repeating highlights very half-hour or hour.

ESPN either totally dissed MLS, or they were too stupid to think about the possibilities. They televise baseball -- they should be prepared for the possibility of extra innings. They should have been ready with another outlet to show the MLS game, at least until the baseball game ended.

Posted by: fischy | June 20, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The end of Sentana - don't really care.

The end of Special1TV - Noooooooooo!

Someone better pick that up in the bankrupcy.

Posted by: undrafted | June 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

ESPN: Sportscenter
ESPNClassic: Old Golf (09 US Open Cup "action")

Yea, ESPN, there's no WAY you could have put the best match of the season on one of those other networks. Too many important things were going on! Like rubbing it in our faces that old gold is more important than soccer, that the USMNT still sucks and that the US's best talent maybe ever plays for another country, and that COLLEGE BASEBALL, the 5th most popular COLLEGE sport (I figure behind football, basketball, and hockey and lacrosse in the east and north), upstages a professional soccer game in this country. Pitiful.

Posted by: kdiff813 | June 20, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What time did they finally show the Sounders-DCU game?
Posted by: Charisma_Man

The game came onto ESPN2 at about the 63minute mark.... a little after midnight I think.
And the announcer said something to the effect 'This has been one of the best games in MLS this year!! We are so glad we could bring it to you' That pissed me off as they hadn't brought us anything yet but miserable "ping" baseball.
The score was 3-1, and Gomez scored a couple minutes later.
Good thing for DVRs and crazy shiftwork hours as I watched the replay TH late morning while most of you guys were at work.

Posted by: sobugged1 | June 20, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

So if Crayton goes, there's some extra money laying around when the transfer window opens. Who are the great left backs in the league, or elsewhere? Everyone (including me) knows the great strikers, keepers and play makers...but given the money, who does United go after to shore up the left side of the defense?

Everywhere else on the field has some depth and some promise, but I'd feel better if Jakovic and Namoff had a stronger 3rd defender back there.

Posted by: eadc | June 20, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"Who are the great left backs in the league, or elsewhere? "

I hear the Glasgow Rangers have one that they may be willing to part with...

Posted by: Washago | June 20, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

There was another problem with the Seattle game. It was scheduled to run back-to-back with another live game - a baseball game at that (read: notoriously hard to predict the run time.) Usually ESPN bookends live games with SportsCenters or tape to round out the imperfect run times. But ESPN was cutting it too close by giving only a 30-minute buffer. The baseball game was running over its allotted time in the ninth inning already. I'm just saying, if ESPN runs MLS, then do the league a favor and don't run another baseball game (or volleyball) in front of it. Maybe the ombudsman can tell us what happened.

Posted by: Lucius2 | June 20, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

ESPN: Sportscenter
ESPNClassic: Old Golf (09 US Open Cup "action")

Posted by: kdiff813 | June 20, 2009 12:52 PM

I believe the Bogster checked in with ESPN and found out they were "contractually obligated" to show the golf, 2008 action, not 2009 I believe. The tourney didn't start until Thurs.

Why not, OTOH, break into the USA game, show the live DC United action and then resume the USA game at the point they broke in once the Deuce became available? Would have made sense, may have gotten us a few new fans and I doubt USSoccer would want that travesty getting rebroadcast.

Face it. Not a single network out there will end a live game early, or not schedule things like WNBA, Womens tennis, college football, college baseball or the Redskins immediately preceding a DC United game until we are filling up the stadiums 30K plus every night. But for ESPN not to find an alternate outlet in this case is shameful. As it was for Comcast earlier this year when the Caps playoffs bumped a game.



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

*Confederations Cup today:
Spain (2-0-0) vs. South Africa (1-0-1), 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Univision)
Iraq (0-1-1) vs. New Zealand (0-2-0), 2:30 p.m. (Telefutura)

I'm definitely watching Iraq-NZ on ESPN 2 right now.



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

anyone else noticing that ESPN/ESPN2 is currently showing both soccer games since the CWS game scheduled for 2pm wasn't necessary. i know it's not any of their choosing, but i'll take it and savor the very, very small amount of irony.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

and i flip channels right as New Zealand misses a sitter. Iraq may yet be able to move on to the semis to get demolished by Brazil.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it took me a while to find the Spain-South Africa match on ESPN -- because the program guide lists College Baseball.

Posted by: fischy | June 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

uhh, what'd Garbz have to say about the bottle being thrown at Wicks? Hmmmmmmm? I shudder to think how Seattle fans would have reacted had Crayton been in the game doing his little bait the forwards and dive on the ball move...

Posted by: DadRyan | June 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I never thought to put ESPN on. Thanks for the tip!



Posted by: jayrockers | June 20, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Shame that there are no more ESPN broadcasts scheduled from RFK this season. Hopefully folks will remember ESPN's insults and lame excuses next season and bring appropriate signs/banners. Can't help but notice that ESPN2 is supposed to be showing Spain v South Africa, but instead is showing New Zealand v Iraq. I guess the solution is to have no expectations, hence no disappointments.

Posted by: footballfan9 | June 20, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

ALERT!! ALERT!! World Cup Qualifying Alert!!!

Tunisia-Nigeria, starting the second half, scoreless. On Nigerian Television Authority. Ch. 454 on Verizon. If memory serves, it's Ch. 196 on Comcast.

Posted by: fischy | June 20, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Spain game on ESPN. i've been finding the Iraq-NZL game more compelling, though. NZL is playing really well and should have 2 or 3 goals by now.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 20, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So many games to watch. And, an annoying buzz on all of them.... With the games in South Africa, it's those annoying horns (seriously, folks -- can't you shut up at least so your own national team supporters can cheer?), and for the Nigeria game, we have that annoying buzz from this (I'm guessing pirated) feed.

Posted by: fischy | June 20, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

hey there's a little program about the Freedom and the USWNT 99 world cup win on Comcast right now. Maybe it'll replay? Nice little tour of the Soccer Plex and what not. My daughter is digging it!:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | June 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

They are calling it Freedom Reigns... Sorry it just ended. Maybe a replay later?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"ESPN was prepared with studio updates, alerts and cut-ins so that our fans could be informed on the game status,"

BULLPUCKEY. During the college baseball game, the bottom ticker was FULL of "SCORE UPDATES" from a myriad of MLB games, but NOT ONE from the DCU-Seattle game. And by the time ESPN did a video update, the actual goal had been scored a good while before.

Posted by: Juan-John | June 20, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite singer/songwriters (BabyRyan's too?) with a tribute to vuvuzelas

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

john harkes sucks as an announcer. eric wynalda was way better.

espn really needs a great color guy too. someone with a ton of passion for the game like andres cantor.

Posted by: castroviejo | June 20, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The problem with ESPN was the lack of updates. I don't remember seeing many maybe 1-2 in a 2 hour span. They had plenty of tiem to replay various outs & hits, but not break into a split screen? I do remember seeing the 1st 2 goals on a split screen but that's all the update I saw. I finally stopped watching baseball around midnight so I missed the game entirely.

Posted by: mmsq | June 20, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse


You're not the only one. I've cursed Setanta too many times for having the match I want to see. If their programming can jump to ESPN, FSC or wherever, and Special 1 TV remains the same on a new network, we'll have an ideal situation.


Nicely done.


The problem for us is that we're not quite looking for a traditional left back, while we also would do well to avoid your typical center back, who has more size than speed. The profile of the player we need is either a very tough, stay-at-home outside back who is no shorter than 5'10" (see: Namoff) or a center back with some speed and a left foot that isn't useless.

Here are some guys that have the right profile and could be had, off the top of my head:
Dasan Robinson (an option I've said we should pursue for years now; doesn't play often for Chicago, can play any defensive position)
Daniel Torres (probably not good enough...I rate him as inferior to Avery John)
Chris Wingert (might be overpriced in his own mind, but he's disliked by Kreis; another that can play anywhere in the back)
Nathan Sturgis (promising young player; I think Schmid likes him too much to make this more than a long shot)
Tyson Wahl (1st choice CB with Wizards last year, now possibly taking over Seattle's left back slot. Seattle currently has Sturgis and Zach Scott also fighting for this job)

Out of that group, I'd say Robinson and Wahl would be the best acquisitions. Wahl might be tough to get since he recently became 1st choice in Seattle, but Robinson has been stagnating for 2 years after becoming a fringe national team player in 2007 (he has 1 cap). If I'm not mistaken, Robinson also makes around $45K, making him very easy to fit under the cap.


I agree entirely. I can't believe everyone is so worked up about Garber's response, which was as predictable as the sun rising in the east. A keeper gets hit by a bottle late in a game, and no one says a word? I'm not expecting Seattle to play behind closed doors (MLS won't be turning down that kind of revenue for years), but say something. MLS came down on the racial epithet in Columbus, which didn't even make the national broadcast, but people can hit keepers with bottles and it's cool?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 20, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Galaxy vs San Jose on ESPN2.

Or, in another way to put it, the battle of the network marketing stars. :-}

Posted by: Juan-John | June 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

kdiff: I hate to be that guy (re: college baseball over-ruling MLS) but the college world series gets twice the ratings MLS brings in on the Mouse. And the league doesn't have the juice to get live coverage elsewhere. Sad but true.

And I'd love to see FSC capatilize of Setanta's demise. Maybe a Premier League match on FX and FSC at the same time. But that will probably be pricey. Shame that we might lose some other leagues here though, like France and The Championship. Setanta over-rated their ability to draw expensive subscriptions in the UK, Ireland and the US. If you're going to be another network - you better not be too expensive. Especially in this economic climate.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 20, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

At 7:30PM, COMCAST is broadcasting one game of the College World Series.

Check the schedule here.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Checking out the Comcastsportsnet schedule the little Freedom Reigns show won't be re-airing until Wednesday the 24th following the Freedom/Breakers match! I for one didn't even realize that any WPS matches were on Comcast... I'm actually looking forward to that, it's a nice surprise. Looks like the coverage starts at 7pm on Wednesday. Anyone know when that'll kick off?

@Chest: I couldn't agree more, a simple statement, or a ban on whoever threw the thing would be enough in my opinion. Now that nothing appears to have been done, many a drunk idiot in Seattle is going to think it's acceptable to pull that kind of garbage. Plastic bottle or not, that kind of business can't be tolerated in MLS. Considering how clueless the majority of the Sounders fans are about how the game is played, it's not going to help that no one chaperoning them in their conduct. We don't want to see barbed wire and fences go up do we?

I know no one wants to see me throwing bottles at Kasey Keller when he tells the ball kid to slow down in getting the ball back to him...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | June 20, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

you got me hook line and sinker 270, even though I was JUST looking at the Comcast schedule... Sheesh!

Posted by: DadRyan | June 20, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan: I didn't even take the bait. Done that too many times!

BTW... can we start dubbing you DudeRyan? Somehow, it seems appropriate.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 20, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

@jd1: Seems like a perfectly natural progression.
Went from mad to dad, and am perfectly comfortable with dude, dude.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 20, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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