Most readers will be spending Saturday getting ready for Seattle Sounders FC v Hexenbiest SC. But for those dedicated to seeing what Major League Soccer could become there is plenty of action on TV. NBC is carrying their first match of the year when Arlo White and Kyle Martino call New York Red Bulls v D.C. United at 9:30 AM Pacific. After that action moves to NBC Sports Net with two matches (Sporting v Fire & Seattle v Wesen). Nestled between those will be a show called "The Breakaway" that will feature all goals from the four matches that NBC is not carrying the full play-by-play.
It will be hard for those in Seattle to watch what could be a great moment for American soccer. It is a show that fills an empty void. A major sports network will not be doing just a highlight show, but a live highlight show. These things are challenges, but with ESPN doing it for college football and basketball and both NFL Network and MLB Network doing it for their sports it is time for MLS.
This is only a test though. It is on the weekend most likely to carry soccer interest beyond those that care about every match. For the test to work MLS and traditional sports fans have to watch. And if they do, is a new era in American soccer on the way? Maybe.
So set that DVR to record about five hours of soccer coverage on Saturday night.