By AVI CREDITOR
Major League Soccer and Canada's The Sports Network have reached a six-year deal to broadcast the league's games nationally north of the border.
TSN will carry 24 MLS games this season, all of them featuring Toronto FC or the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps. When the Montreal Impact joins the league in 2012, the channel will carry 30 MLS games per season through the end of the deal in 2016.
TFC and Vancouver will each be featured 13 times in 2011, with both head-to-head matchups being part of the broadcast schedule.
As part of the agreement, TSN also has the rights to the MLS All-Star Game, MLS playoffs and MLS Cup.
Here are a few more items from around the league:
FERRARI ON TRIAL WITH CHICAGO
Former United States U-20 striker Gabriel Ferrari is on trial with the Chicago Fire in an effort to jump-start his once promising career.
After making the U.S. U-20 World Cup team in 2007, Ferrari signed with Sampdoria as an 18-year-old in 2008. He has been beset by injuries, though, and he was loaned throughout Italy's lower divisions before making a move to Switzerland last year. He was released by Swiss second division side FC Wohlen last month.
RAPIDS DEFEAT CREW
Goals by Sanna Nyassi and Steven Emory powered the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 preseason victory over the Columbus Crew at the Reach 11 Complex in Phoenix on Monday.
Nyassi scored in the 66th minute off a run-cut-shoot sequence from the right wing, and Emory, a trialist, doubled the lead 11 minutes later by finishing off a cross from Omar Cummings.
GALAXY SIGNS DRAFT PICKS
The Los Angeles Galaxy added five draft picks to its official roster, coming to terms with Paolo Cardozo, Hector Jimenez, Daniel Keat, Ryan Thomas and Dustin McCarty.
Cardozo and Jimenez were selected in the SuperDraft, while Keat, Thomas and McCarty were all supplemental draft choices.
DYNAMO INKS 3RD KEEPER
The Houston Dynamo signed supplemental draft pick Evan Newton, augmenting Dominic Kinnear's option at goalkeeper.
With Pat Onstad's retirement, the only keepers on the roster had been expected 2011 starter Tally Hall and homegrown player Tyler Deric. Newton, an Old Dominion University product, figures to back them both up while providing a safety cushion in case of injury.
What do you think about the Canadian TV deal? Do you hope Ferrari sticks with the Fire? Can you see Nyassi building on his 2010 success with the Rapids? Impressed with the Galaxy's draft haul? Do you think the Dynamo will suffer without Onstad between the pipes?
Share your thoughts below.
Too bad all if the games on Directv would be blacked out, they do it with all of the NHL and NBA games. They want you to pay for the specific sports package. So even if TSN was made available, you’d have to pay for Direct Kick to watch the games. I hate this, it renders the regional sports channels useless if you ask me.
Do we know how much $ the TV deal is worth?
I second that motion. All those in favor say I.
screwing the redbulls again?! ha.
Hopefully Directv will add TSN in the States. Should be on the Sports Package.
http://www.BigDSoccer.com is reporting that Heath Pearce has been traded from FCDallas… to possibly ChivasUSA
another starter goes bye bye…
How is it that a homegrown player for redbulls on trial with the Fire …. Is this Mls screwing the RedBulls again ?
As a Fire supporter, I fear you are correct.
Oh man that brings me back–I grew up 30 minutes from the Canadian border and spent more of my youth than I’d like to admit hearing Alanis Morissette and Tragically Hip on the radio.
Got to love the Canadian content laws — do they still require radio stations to play 40% Canadian artists?
Steve davis is saying Teal Bunbury’s been down on the ground for 10+ min. He think he’s dislocated his elbow
It’s only promisisng if these guys play well here. Both need a jumpstart, both should be great for the overall quality of the league, but they gotta score goals, too. Except against Chivas USA.
2011 Chicago Fire = 2010 DC United
So Ferrari comes back Davies comes back this trend in my opinion is very promising.
Isn’t ferrari a homegrown player for redbulls
and some more… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf4wCFT8RNo
Get some Ferrari: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/3912887480_ff811cccd7_o.jpg