Greetings from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where I arrived this morning for D.C. United's match against FC Dallas tonight. Too bad the game won't actually be played in the heart of the area. Frisco awaits! Ideal weather conditions now and also for the 8 p.m. kickoff (9 p.m. ET): 68 degrees and mostly clear.
There is no standard TV coverage in the Washington area, despite some preseason listings that show Comcast SportsNet/DC. You can watch (or, for that matter, attend) the Washington Freedom play the Boston Breakers at 7 p.m. on CSN, a broadcast followed by a Big 12 Showcase Women's Sports Special and the UEFA Champions League Magazine Show. Why no DCU coverage? CSN will show 15 matches this season. As I understand it, after weighing the options and bracing for a possible Washington Capitals' NHL playoff conflict (ha!), the outlet decided this match would not be one of them. So to watch live, you will need to find the Direct Kick package through your cable or satellite provider, watch online at the MLS Web site or identify a watering hole showing the match.
*The New York Daily News explores the new Meadowlands stadium, which hosted a sellout crowd for a Mexico-Ecuador friendly Friday night and will be a centerpiece of the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
*Speaking of Mexico and the U.S. bid, which will be submitted to FIFA this coming Friday, the Mexican federation is now publicly backing the American effort to stage the Cup. And why not? Besides showing CONCACAF solidarity, Mexico is well aware that a U.S.-hosted World Cup would essentially provide uncomplicated travel and training logistics as well as "home" matches in a country where El Tri draws large crowds everywhere it plays.
May 8, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
Categories: D.C. United , FIFA , Mexico , USA World Cup bid | Tags: D.C. United, El Tri, MLS, Meadowlands Stadium, Mexico, Soccer, World Cup
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