- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 3, 2010
- 2 Comments
- 2010 MLS Schedule, MLS Schedule
The long wait is over, the 2010 Major League Soccer schedule is out. For the first time in League history, every team will play each of the other 15 clubs once at home, once away, for a balanced, 30-game season and a total of 240 matches.
Some of the highlights of this year’s schedule as passed on by the league:
- All 240 games will be televised
- One third of the games will be broadcast live by a national TV network:
- 25 games will air live in high definition on ESPN2, and all of those, plus one game onESPN, will be simulcast on ESPN360 and in Spanish ESPN Deportes. This is the fourth year of an eight-year partnership between MLS and ESPN.
- 31 games will be televised live in high definition on Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and feature 30-minute pre- and post-game shows for a three-hour programming window. Most games on FSC will be simulcast in Spanish on Fox Sports en Español (FSE) in a two-hour broadcast window. Fox’s MLS schedule includes four Sunday matches from July 18 to Aug. 8.
- 23 games will be broadcast live on TeleFutura, most on Saturdays starting at 4 p.m. ET.
- 75 percent of games will be played on Saturdays; 85 percent of games will be played on weekends.
- A two-week break in the MLS season aligns with the group phase of the FIFA World Cup. The last match before this break is D.C. United at Seattle Sounders FC at 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
- Red Bull Arena will host its first League match March 27 when the New York Red Bulls face the Chicago Fire at 7 p.m. ET (live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com).
- The first MLS game to be played on natural grass at BMO Field in Toronto will be Toronto FC’s April 15 match against Philadelphia Union at 7 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com).
- On Sunday, June 27, Philadelphia Union will open the ninth stadium built specifically for an MLS club. The grand opening of the venue in Chester, Pa., will be a match against Seattle Sounders FC at 5 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com).
- SuperLiga 2010 will take place this summer with the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo, and the New England Revolution representing MLS alongside four clubs from Mexico’s Primera A. Full details of the tournament will be announced in the coming weeks.
- he 2010 MLS All-Star Game will showcase top players from both conferences against a popular international club at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas in late July or early August. The date and opponent for the game will be announced at a later date, but it will be broadcast live by ESPN2 and TeleFutura.
I won’t go into each team’s schedule just yet, that will be a rundown later on here as the season comes closer. I am a big believer in what the schedule means for each club. Some of the weeknight games do upset me in markets like Dallas, Colorado, and New England. I point those clubs out because it always seems like they struggle at the gate on week night games more than others (though I’m always willing to be proven wrong if someone can point out someone worse).
What do you make of your club’s schedule? Love it? Hate it? Let’s hear it.