MLS First Kick
The Major League Soccer season starts Tuesday night when the Seattle Sounders host the LA Galaxy. Rather than write up a preview of the season, I invite you to find one of the several hundred that pop up on the various sites and blogs this time of year. And there are some exciting developments in the league this year with two new expansion teams and several new players. I'm usually not good at predictions, but I'll take a stab in the dark by saying that my beloved DC United will not finished in last place again this year.
Tomorrow's game should be a pretty good one, and there will be a viewing party to take in the action at Knucklehead's Sports Pub on Rt. 72 in Madison at 8:30PM. It's been a while since we did a Soccer Bar review. So, if you go let us know how you like it.
If you can't make it out to Knuckleheads, you can watch the game on ESPN. Last week, the World Wide Leader announced that Adrian Healey would replace JP Dellacamara who is now joining Fox Soccer Channel's lineup as MLS play by play caller.
Speaking of TV, MLS will also offer a free preview of their Direct Kick TV package on Saturday, March 19. I highly recommend this package where you can watch 221 regular season matches for $79.
Ross is the Place to Shop for Soccer Jerseys
On a somewhat related note, I was in Ross on Rt. 72 yesterday and saw several MLS jerseys in their racks. I even picked up the light blue Colorado Rapids jersey for about 75% off the list price. I also picked up a national team jersey Spain and Argentina each for the same ridiculous discount. And these aren't cheap knock-offs. These are the real deal Adidas brand jerseys. So, get on over to "Dress for Less".
RSL Hosts Saprissa in Champs League
LA and Seattle aren't the only MLS teams in action Tuesday night. Real Salt Lake will host Saprissa of Costa Rica in the semifinals of the first leg of the CONCACAF Chamions League. This game may actually be more important to US soccer fans than the opening match of the MLS season, since there has been such limited success in international tournaments recently. Catch all the action on FSC at 9PM.