Thursday, February 07, 2008

2008 MLS schedule is out

Major League Soccer has released their full 2008-season schedule. Each of the 14 teams will play 30 regular season games. All teams will play each other twice (one home, one away) for 26 matches. The other four matches will be played against different intra-conference teams with a premium placed on rivalries. This represents the closest MLS has ever come to a traditional single table type schedule.

The season will run March 29 - Oct 26 for 31 weeks in total.

You can find a full schedule here.

Just like 2007, there are four national broadcast partners this season, airing 113 regular season games. In total ESPN2 will air 27, Fox Soccer Channel 32, HDNet 30 and TeleFutura 24.

Fox Soccer Channel will kickoff opening weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday March 29th. ESPN2 will have a doubleheader of their own on Thursday April 3. Big shock, both of those doubleheaders will feature the LA Galaxy. In total, LA will have 20 of their matches shown on national TV, including one on ABC when they travel to DC on June 29 (the full breakdown is FSC 5, ESPN2 5, HDNet 5, TeleFutura 4, ABC 1). Right after this game, ABC will air the Euro 2008 finally live (wow!).

Playoffs dates are:
Conference Semifinals Leg 1: Oct 30 - Nov 2
Conference Semifinals Leg 2: Nov 6 - Nov 9
Conference Championship: Nov 13 - Nov 16
MLS Cup: Nov 23

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Blogger Chris said...

Mike, I have a question for you as an American fan.

Would you prefer the current MLS layout, with playoffs and a final, or a straight league system like we have in England?

It's something I've never known, whether the US fans approve of their league layout.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Mike H said...

Chris, I would love a straight league system, but sadly the money is just not here for it. MLS needs the attention a playoff system brings in order to get the tv and sponsorship deals.

That is not to say that I don't like the playoff system, as it normally results in at least a couple of the best matches of the season, but I would rather have a standard table.

Hope this sheds some light on the American mind.

1:03 PM  

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