MLS on NBC
In the big news of the day, Major League Soccer announced a groundbreaking deal with NBC Sports Group. The three-year agreement will see NBC and NBC Sports Network broadcast 45 live MLS matches and four live US Men’s National Team games, ensuring America soccer will earn even more attention throughout the next couple of years.
Although NBC will only broadcast two regular-season MLS matches and two playoff contests, with the rest being televised on NBC Sports Network, it’s still a big step forward for a league constantly seeking more notice. And for most MLS fans, hopefully this will mean watching more broadcasts in English.
Jesse Marsch named Montreal Impact Head Coach
Elsewhere, NASL side Montreal Impact, due to join the MLS in 2012, announced that former Chicago Fire midfielder Jesse Marsch will take the reigns of Head Coach for the Impact after previously serving as assistant coach to Bob Bradley for the U.S. National Team. Marsch spent eight seasons with the Chicago Fire from 1998-2005, making 200 appearances for the club. Marsch was also a strong candidate for the Fire’s head coach vacancy in 2009, before the job eventually went to Carlos de los Cobos. We don’t need reminding how that turned out.
Two years later, Marsch’s appointment as Head Coach of the Impact will have Fire fans scratching their heads – and right so. With Frank Klopas only planning on remaining as interim head coach until the end of the season, Chicago needs a new, talented coach to come in and improve the club ahead of the 2012 season. Marsch could’ve been a good fit as he enjoyed a successful tenure with the US National Team and he has what it takes to experience that same success in the MLS. Unfortunately, Chicago’s head coach next year is still a mystery and looks set to remain that way for a while.
USA vs. Mexico
Lastly, Jurgen Klinsmann made his coaching debut for the U.S. Men’s National team tonight as the USA came back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw against Mexico. The USA was heavily outplayed in the first half and failed to even register a single shot on target as Oribe Peralta’s fine flick past Tim Howard gave the Mexicans the lead. The phrase ‘soccer is a game of two halves’ was certainly exhibited, however, as the USA turned the match around with an impressive second half. Substitute Break Shea provided the breakthrough for the home side, muscling past his defender to send a low cross into the path of Robbie Rogers – also a substitute – to tap into the net with ease. Mexico survived two penalty scares in the second half and also managed to avoid going down a man for taking down Rogers when he was through on goal. Overall, not a bad first match for Klinsmann and judging by the second half, the future should get even better for the USA.
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