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Savarese to be next Timbers Coach?

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ESPN is reporting Giovanni Savarese will be the Portland Timbers' next head coach, succeeding Caleb Porter who unexpectedly left the club in November.

His managerial experience is exclusively with the New York Cosmos where he won the NASL title three times in his tenure (2013-2017) including an undefeated season in 2015.

MLS Playoff Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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After an extended break, the MLS playoffs return on Tuesday with the start of the conference finals.

Tuesday night's festivities begin in Columbus as Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final (8 p.m., ESPN). The Supporters' Shield winners enter Tuesday's match shorthanded with both Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of action due to suspension, while the Crew possess a full complement of players after holding off NYCFC in the conference semifinal round.

Kick Off time changed for Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy

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Brunch PTFC style!

As the Thorns announced earlier today that they were changing the kick off time in response to the record heat the northwest and Portland in particular. The Timbers are now doing the same thing for their match up against the LA Galaxy on Sunday. Right now the forecast calls for temps well into the 90's on Sunday.

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2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

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The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final.

On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

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The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final.

On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 25-30, 2017

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The United States’ 2-1 victory over Jamaica to claim the 2017 Gold Cup led in the ratings last week. FS1 delivered 1.772 million viewers for the match, up 117% from 818k for the 2015 final. The game also brought record streaming numbers as 71,742 unique viewers watched the match on FOX Sports GO, the largest audience ever on the platform for a soccer match.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 25-30, 2017

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The United States’ 2-1 victory over Jamaica to claim the 2017 Gold Cup led in the ratings last week. FS1 delivered 1.772 million viewers for the match, up 117% from 818k for the 2015 final. The game also brought record streaming numbers as 71,742 unique viewers watched the match on FOX Sports GO, the largest audience ever on the platform for a soccer match.

ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday.

The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish.

ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday.

The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017

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MLS returned from its summer break with Orlando City SC taking on Atlanta United on ESPN last Friday night. The match drew 338,000 viewers, up 13% from ESPN’s previous Friday night broadcast on June 30 and a strong number for MLS on the network. The next day, however, Minnesota United’s match against the New York Red Bulls broadcast on ESPN was the networks second least-watched match of the season with only 222,000 viewers.

Soccer on TV

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

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For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network - one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

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For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network - one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

MLS audience jumps 38% for MLS Cup Playoffs across ESPN and ESPN2

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Buoyed by the increased interest in watching MLS games because of the Columbus Crew controversy, ESPN’s audience for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs is up 38 percent entering this weekend’s MLS Cup Final. The seven playoff matches on ESPN and ESPN2 to date have delivered an average audience of 343,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, up from 249,000 viewers for the six playoff matches in 2016.

MLS audience jumps 38% for MLS Cup Playoffs across ESPN and ESPN2

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Buoyed by the increased interest in watching MLS games because of the Columbus Crew controversy, ESPN’s audience for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs is up 38 percent entering this weekend’s MLS Cup Final. The seven playoff matches on ESPN and ESPN2 to date have delivered an average audience of 343,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, up from 249,000 viewers for the six playoff matches in 2016.

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

Sunil Gulati

US soccer chief Gulati to step down

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati said Monday he will not seek re-election next year as the fallout from the USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup claimed another victim.

Gulati told ESPN in an interview that he had decided not to enter the battle for the presidency of the USSF, which has seen several candidates enter the running.

SUM president Kathy Carter considering running for U.S. Soccer presidency

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Another candidate could join the field for the upcoming U.S. Soccer presidential election.

Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter told ESPN that she is considering running for the presidency of U.S. Soccer. According to ESPN, Carter is in "the final stages" of finalizing her bid with her chances of running at "95 percent.

Transfer News and Gossip

Tottenham keen on West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini

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West Ham United attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to ESPN. Sources closes to both clubs have...

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Arsenal set to sell Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan

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Arsenal are ready to offload defender Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan, according to ESPN. The Germany international joined the Gunners from Valencia...

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Arsenal considering bid for Jean Michael Seri

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Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to ESPN. Sources close to the Gunners have reportedly briefed that...

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Manchester United

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for ESPN about the impact Zlatan's return could have.

The Guardian reports on United's defeat against Basel.

The Mirror reports on Rio Ferdinand's criticism of United's performance against Basel.

This Is Futbol talks to Balague about United being favourites to sign Griezmann.

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Scott writes for ESPN about Mkhitaryan's worrying form.

Scott writes for IBFootball about how the return of Zlatan could help Lukaku.

Scott writes for PickPremierLeague about Ashley Young's England recall.

BBC Sport reports on Patrice Evra's ban.

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Scott has written for ESPN about Mourinho's weird comments about United fans and Lukaku.

Scott writes for IBFootball about who should be our penalty taker now.

Scott writes for Pick Premier League about McTominay following in Rashford's footsteps.

The Guardian discusses the lack of credit United got for beating Spurs.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about the best 15 academy graduates at United over the past 25 years.

Scott writes for ESPN about how the fans should give Jesse Lingard a break.

Scott writes for Paddy Power about why Pochettino is wrong to be so dismissive of certain trophies.

The Mirror report on Juve being cleared of wrongdoing in Pogba's transfer.

Umaro Embalo: Man Utd keen to sign Benfica starlet

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Manchester United are scouting Benfica youngster Umaro Embalo, according to ESPN. The Red Devils' chief scout Javier Ribalta and head of...

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Mourinho's apparent frustrations.

ESPN claims Mourinho has held contract talks with the club.

The official site discusses our U-19s 2-2 draw with Benfica.

The Mirror reports on Andreas Pereira's speeding punishment.

Round and White talks about Pogba's return.

Aaron Martin: Man Utd scouting Espanyol left-back

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Manchester United are keeping tabs on Espanyol left-back Aaron Martin, according to ESPN. The Red Devils are reportedly scouting the Spain Under-21...

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Scott wrote for Paddy Power about the amazing team spirt at United this season.

Scott wrote for ESPN about how Rashford must accept a wide role for now.

Scott wrote for IBFootball about the importance of Paul Pogba this season.

The Guardian discusses Wayne Rooney's England legacy.

The Rest

Report: John Brooks nearing return to full training

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While John Brooks' injury kept him out of the final four matches of World Cup qualifying, it appears the U.S. Men's National Team defender is getting a bit closer to his return.

According to ESPN, Brooks is nearing a return to full training with Wolfsburg and has completed his first individual training sessions.

ESPN commentator asks why Jay Heaps still has a job

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Hercules Gomez asks the question that many Revs fans have been thinking about.

After two disappointing road results, including a 7-0 loss to Atlanta United, many New England Revolution fans are calling for Jay Heaps to be fired. On Saturday, the movement gained a new voice in the form of ESPN commentator Hercules Gomez.

GAME THREAD: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, September 17th
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. UTC
  • Venue: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
  • Referees: REF: JOSE CARLOS RIVERO, AR1: Logan Brown, AR2: Peter Manikowski, 4TH: Marcos DeOliveira, VAR: Mark Geiger
  • Television: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  • Streaming: WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes+
  • All-time record: In MLS Play, the Philadelphia Union have won 6, lost 12, and drawn three against the New York Red Bulls.

Bethlehem Steel FC take on Charlotte in midweek clash

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USL game of the week time!

Match: Charlotte Independence vs Bethlehem Steel FC

Date: Wednesday, August 16th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC

Venue: Sportsplex at Matthews (yes, really)

Refs: REF: Ismir Pekvic AR1: Howard Ash AR2: Olivia Urig 4TH: Eric Barnes

Stream: Due to Game of the Week status, ESPN 3 and the WatchESPN app live is it.

Soccer TV in America is changing

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The soccer news starts with Disney deciding how ESPN can monetize a reworked sports streaming site in the near future. As in, a reworked streaming site that may or may not care about your cable subscription. Whatever happens with ESPN, it's part of a larger trend that impacts how American soccer fans can watch games.

Sounders say a signing will be announced next week

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We don't know who, but we do know when.

With Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy on ESPN tonight, there's a chance for both front offices to talk to ESPN reporters. It should come as little surprise that they are. Julie Stewart-Binks says to expect a player announcement by Seattle next week.

Sounders GM Garth Lagerway tells me Seattle will announce a new player signing next week.

Sounders at LA Galaxy, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN is carrying the 7 PM match. Watch with us.

With Brian Schmetzer facing Sigi Schmid for the first time since LA blew out the A-League Sounders 5-1 in the 2002 US Open Cup the Saturday night match on ESPN will bump the LA Galaxy versus Seattle Sounders rivalry up just another notch. LA is already the measuring stick to which all teams in the league are appraised, but their 2017 is bad.