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Three Big Storylines:
- This week saw big news in American soccer broadcasting as MLS and Twitter reached a three year agreement to stream games on Twitter. To begin with Twitter will be streaming the national Univision game of the week in English. The first game in the new agreement will be Real Salt Lake hosting Los Angeles FC at 12:30 PM on Saturday. Going forward this article will include the Twitter game of the week in the National TV Listings section.
- Columbus Crew SC continue their assault on Canada via the MLS schedule makers and host the Montreal Impact on Saturday (10 AM, MLS Live) after beating Toronto FC 2-0 in Toronto last week. This year in Columbus is all about #SaveTheCrew and this week was a busy one in that regard. The state of Ohio Attorney General is suing MLS and the Crew in an effort to keep the team in Ohio while Precourt Sports Ventures (the unironically named PSV) has narrowed their focus of stadium sites in Austin and apparently have targeted a new home.
- With a packed weekend of college basketball tournaments there was no room on Fox Sports 1 to air MLS this weekend, meaning ESPN gets the Sunday national TV slot all to itself. Atlanta United host D.C. United in a clash of the United’s. Atlanta are looking to bounce back from their abysmal 4-0 loss at the Houston Dynamo in Week 1. While Atlanta’s defense was shambolic their offense continued to create chances throughout the game. They look to use that same potent offense from their inaugural season with the addition of Darlington Nagbe to beat a D.C. United team that is starting their season with multiple road games as they wait for their new downtown stadium to be opened this summer. The headline of this game will be Yamil Asad returning to Atlanta after playing for Atlanta in their inaugural season.
From a Sounders Point of View:
While this isn’t an MLS match, Chivas de Guadalajara is traveling to Puebla to play Lobos BUAP at 3 PM on Saturday. This game is on UDN, UniMás and their affiliated streaming properties.
If you want to start scouting Cascadia Cup opponents, the Vancouver Whitecaps are travelling to take on the Houston Dynamo (Saturday, 1 PM, MLS Live). The Whitecaps saw a goal and an assist from Alphonso Davies in their season opening 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact. And the Portland Timbers are in New Jersey to take on the New York Red Bulls (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ROOT Sports in the Northwest, MLS Live elsewhere). The Red Bulls will likely be rotating players after their 2-0 win in Tijuana in CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday with the return leg looming this Tuesday while the Timbers are coming in off a 2-1 loss away at the LA Galaxy.
National TV Listings:
Real Salt Lake v Los Angeles FC
Date/Time: Saturday, 12:30 PM
Atlanta United v D.C. United
Date/Time: Sunday, 10:00 AM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
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