Tuesday, February 06, 2007

2007 MLS & 'Beckham' schedule

At long last it is here, the 2007 MLS schedule. All 195 regular season matches will be played between April 7 and October 21.

Colorado will host DC United for the opener on Saturday, April 7 at 3:30pm ET live on ABC. The alphabet network will also broadcast the finally on Sunday, November 18 at noon.

Between these two dates, there will be at lease 111 other live broadcasts of matches.

ESPN2 starts off Thursday Night Soccer on April 12 at 10pm ET, while Fox Soccer Channel begins their Saturday Night soccer opening day (April 7) with Chivas playing host to Toronto FC. HDNet will also start their season on April 7 when the Red Bulls travel to Columbus. TeleFutura/Galavision will air 25 Sunday games beginning with LA against MLS Champions Houston Dynamo in April 8.

If you want to buy tickets, look here.

So what about Beckham?

He moves to LA starting in July and is expected to make his first appearance in August. Interestingly enough, all but one game in August is an away game, which means his home debut might be against Chivas USA on a Thursday night ESPN2 game.

However, if I had to make a guess, I would think Beckham would begin his American experience on August 9th in DC. The reasons are simple, great rivalry and the game will be live on ESPN2. By the way, of the 11 Thursday night games ESPN2 will air between Aug 2 and Oct 18, LA plays in 5 of them. What an odd coincidence.

Needless to say, if you are a LA fan, you will not have a difficult time finding them on national TV

Here is the "Beckham" schedule:

July 21 - Chelsea (friendly) - live on ESPN
July 24 - Pachuca (SuperLiga)
July 28 - Chivas de Guadalajara (SuperLiga)
July 31 - at FC Dallas (SuperLiga)

Aug 5 - at Toronto FC
Aug 9 - at DC United*
Aug 12 - at New England Revolution**
Aug 18 - at New York Red Bulls***
Aug 23 - Chivas USA*
Aug 26 - at Colorado Rapids**

Sept 1 - Real Salt Lake****
Sept 8 - Colorado Rapids***
Sept 13 - at Chivas USA*
Sept 16 - Houston Dynamo
Sept 19 - at Real Salt Lake****
Sept 23 - FC Dallas****
Sept 27 - at KC Wizards*
Sept 30 - at Columbus Crew****

Oct 3 - at Vancouver Whitecaps (friendly)
Oct 7 - at Houston Dynamo**
Oct 13 - Toronto FC***
Oct 18 - New York Red Bulls*
Oct 21 - at Chicago Fire**

* - ESPN2
** - TeleFutura/Galavision
*** - FSC
**** - HDNet

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Blogger Jeremy said...

My guess would be that his first game will at the latest be July 31 at FC Dallas. I think the league went out of their way to ensure an away game at every venue, so I think Dallas will be pissed if they just miss out.


1:47 AM  
Blogger Mike H said...


You might just be on to something there. I'm sure they want every team to get their Beckham moment, but I just wonder if they will want to start him in a non-TV, non-MLS match (July 31 is a SuperLiga game)

That said, if not Aug 9, I think you are right with July 31.

10:47 AM  

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