Last week, we heard about the premiere of a new show on the NBC Sports Network; MLS Insider, a magazine-style show in the vein of NFL Film's many projects. The debut episode was presented on Friday, and we got a look at what to expect. The show included a terrific profile of the Sons of Ben, a supporters group unfairly overlooked by the national media for coming between three Cascadia teams. The episode also took a look at Tim Cahill and Robbie Rogers.
The show is just one facet of MLS' new foray into the media game. While creating premium content is on the one hand meant to bring in new fans, it is also working to help the league understand the fans it already has. There is a large market for soccer in the United States, with an uncertain future. Commissioner Don Garber (as always) seems upbeat about the future of the league and the game in this country.
Arne Friedrich sparked the Chicago Fire to a playoff berth in 2012, but his age and deteriorating health has been a large contributor to Chicago's poor form this season. The 34 year-old defensive player has announced his retirement rather than continue to fight time, ending a terrific career. They will now rely on a second year player and Bakary Soumare in their back, to their benefit or detriment.
DC United took advantage of my failure to pick them this week to actually win a game, doubling the number in their win column. Pro Soccer Talk leaves the door open on United making something of this season, a door that I have propped all season long to my own detriment (Seriously, a screen door or something would be helpful).