NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – In 2013, Major League Soccer’s Direct Kick television package will feature additional games for the same price as last year, $79.* This year’s television package will provide fans the opportunity to watch up to 236 MLS regular season matches and select playoff games during the 2013 season. MLS has collaborated with all three providers to offer a FREE PREVIEW from March 2 - 9, for the opening two weekends of the MLS season.
Commerce City, Colo. - The World Cup in Brazil is next year!
Now that we're officially in the year 2013, that's one of the first things I thought about as I looked ahead at what's to come in the soccer world this year.
Here are the five soccer tournaments I'll be paying attention to over the next 12 months:
PORTLAND, Ore. / New York – Adidas and Major League Soccer on Thursday unveiled the updated adidas PRIME, the official match ball for the 2013 MLS season. The adidas PRIME features a new, more aerodynamic construction engineered for increased control and consistent ball movement.
Commerce City, Colo. - Watching the Colorado Rapids training session Thursday morning, one would be surprised to know it was a team that had been eliminated from playoff contention less than 12 hours before. The team was sharp and active, showing no signs that there are only three games remaining this year with no chance at hardware.
But the reality and the disappointment was obvious on the faces of each player and coach afterwards as they walked back to the lockerroom .
Commerce City, Colo. – Following their 4-0 victory over Chivas USA tonight, the Vancouver Whitecaps join FC Dallas as the lone teams fighting for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff berth.
With the Colorado Rapids tying the LA Galaxy Sunday evening, the fifth and final Western Conference berth in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs will be decided over the final three weeks of the season, though teams could be eliminated on Wednesday.
Vancouver (39 points) currently holds the fifth spot ahead of Dallas (37 pts), Colorado (31 pts), Portland (30 pts), and Chivas USA (28 pts). Every team but Chivas has three games remaining. Chivas has four games left.
There is only one Western Conference berth remaining in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs after the Seattle Sounders clinched their place in the post season Saturday night with a tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The San Jose Earthquakes (61 pts), Real Salt Lake (52 pts), LA Galaxy (49 pts) had already secured their entry the previous two weeks.
The San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake have claimed three of the five Western Conference berths for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Seattle Sounders could take one of the remaining spots on Saturday, leaving the final place up for grabs for at least another week. No teams have yet been eliminated, though that could change by Sunday.
The Eastern Conference is much tighter. No teams have clinched any of their five berths, althought New England and Toronto have been eliminated.
Heading into last weekend, all 10 MLS Cup Playoff berths were still up for grabs. That changed over the course of the 5 days.
Commerce City, Colo. - Over the weekend the San Jose Earthquakes became the first MLS team to secure a place in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. No teams have been eliminated from contention as of September 9, and the Rapids are optimistic that can make a final push to move into a playoff spot come late October.