Thursday, January 5, 2012

NEWS - Major League Soccer's 2012 Schedule

Major League Soccer released their full 2012 schedule today which will feature 89 nationally televised games on the ESPN family and NBC family of networks. Univision will be the Spanish-language broadcast partner for MLS.

The season and First Kick will be on Saturday, March 10th and feature five matches. NBC Sports Network's first broadcast will be the following day, Sunday, March 11th when FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls.

NBC will televise a total of 41 regular season matches on both the national broadcast channel and the NBC Sports Network (just three on the main network, later in the season). See the full schedule of NBC broadcasts here.

ESPN will televise a total of 21 regular season matches on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and See the full schedule of ESPN broadcasts here. ESPN2 will televise the MLS All-Star Game on August 1st and ESPN will feature the MLS Cup on December 1st.

From First Kick to the Cup the 2012 season is the longest yet at 267 days as each team plays 34 matches in an unbalanced schedule made to stress inter-conference rivalries and avoid playing on any FIFA international match days.

Every MLS game will be televised either nationally or on regional networks this season.

Check out the full MLS schedule here.

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