FIRST KICK MARCH 10TH, 6 P.M. EST
The LA Galaxy defeat the Houston Dynamo 1-0.
It's almost First Kick...do you know where your head coach is?
STORIES OF 2012:
The Montreal Impact are the latest expansion team to join Major League Soccer, andthey are off to an exciting start. The Impact started strong in the expansion draft, picking up several quality players including Ching, who was later traded back to the Dynamo, Mapp, and Nyassi. Montreal also selected James Riley, who they immediately traded to Chivas USA for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen. The Impact also had the first pick in the MLS Superdraft, in which they selected Andrew Wegner, a promising forward from Duke. Most recently, the Impact were able to secure Eddie Johnson in the allocation draft, who they then traded to Seattle in return for Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. It seems as if the Montreal Front Office has a solid plan for their future. I don't see this expansion team at the bottom of the table in their first year.
David Beckham re-signed with the LA Galaxy after many rumors during the offseason of a move to Paris Saint-Germain. The LA Galaxy should stay a favorite to defend the Supporter's Shield and the MLS Cup with the trio of Beckham, Donovan, and Keane returning to the Home Depot Center in 2012. The LA Galaxy also re-acquired Juninho and Edson Buddle. Expect the Galaxy to remain a powerhouse unless something goes incredibly wrong for the team.
The Championship Round of the CONCACAF Champion's League begins just before the MLS season. Three MLS teams will be competing, including the Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, and Toronto FC. The CCL is a big deal. A win guarantees you entry to the Club World Cup, which in theory means an MLS team could play against Barca in a competitive match. Imagine that!
NBC and Major League Soccer announced a three-year media rights agreement which begins with the start of the 2012 season. Each season, NBC will broadcast two regular season MLS games and two playoff games. The NBC Sports Network, a channel rebranded from "Versus," will televise 38 regular season games. All telecasts from both networks will have both pre-game and post-game coverage. Although it seems small, this is a good way for the MLS to get more national coverage.
FIRST KICK SCHEDULE:
Galaxy @ Toronto
Fox Soccer Channel
Santos Laguna @ Sounders
Fox Soccer Channel
Major League Soccer
Columbus @ Colorado
Montreal @ Vancouver
Sporting KC @ D.C. United
New England @ San Jose
Real Salt Lake @ Los Angeles