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MLS, FOX extend national broadcast rights agreement

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and FOX Soccer announced on Friday that they have extended the network’s national broadcast rights agreement for one year.

The premier soccer-only channel in North America will broadcast up to 31 regular-season games, plus three exclusive MLS Cup Playoff matches including a Conference Final – all in high definition. The package includes 15 matches on Saturday nights and 14 on Friday nights; 20 of those 31 broadcast windows are exclusive to FOX Soccer.

“FOX Soccer has been a tremendous partner for MLS for many years and we are very happy that we have been able to extend the relationship,” said MLS President Mark Abbott. “Through both its news coverage and its extensive schedule of MLS games, Fox Soccer allows MLS fans across the country to follow their club as well as their rivals.”

FOX Soccer schedule this season begins with the MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids hosting the Portland Timbers in the expansion club’s inaugural MLS match as part of First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Other highlights of the FOX Soccer lineup include five games between regional rivals, a clash of the two winningest teams in MLS history (LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United, June 3), and late season conference matchups that are bound to have playoff implications and high tension.

“We’re extremely pleased to be home to MLS – the gold standard for soccer in the US - for our ninth straight season,” said FOX Soccer Executive Vice President and General Manager David Nathanson. “FOX Soccer is committed to providing soccer fans in America the best coverage possible, and this extension helps us keep that commitment.”

FOX Soccer has been a national broadcast partner of MLS since 2003.

Complete FOX Soccer schedule

DateTime (ET)Match (home team listed first)
Sat, March 199:00 pmColorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers
Fri, March 25 *
10:00 pmSeattle Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo
Fri, April 1 *
7:30 pmColumbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy
Fri, April 8 *
9:00 pmFC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids
Sat, April 167:00 pmToronto FC vs. D.C. United
Fri, April 22 *
9:30 pmColorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Sat, April 2311:00 pmLA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers
Fri, April 29 *
8:30 pmHouston Dynamo vs. D.C. United
Fri, May 6 *
10:30 pmPortland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union
Sat, May 14
9:00 pmReal Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo
Fri, June 3 *
11:00 pmLA Galaxy vs. D.C. United
Fri, June 10 *
8:30 pmNew York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution
Sat, June 1110:00 pmSeattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Fri, June 17 *
8:30 pmSporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Sat, June 2511:00 pmSan Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy
Sat, July 27:00 pmD.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union
Sat, July 910:30 pmLA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire
Sat, July 164:00 pmSeattle Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids
Fri, July 29 *
7:30 pmPhiladelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids
Sat, July 307:30 pmVancouver Whitecaps FC vs. LA Galaxy
Fri, Aug 5 *
9:30 pmColorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew
Sat, Aug 138:30 pmSporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy
Sat, Aug 2010:00 pmPortland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sat, Aug 2710:30 pmChivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake
Fri, Sept 9 *
11:00 pmLA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids
Fri, Sept 16 *
11:00 pmPortland Timbers vs. New England Revolution
Fri, Sept 23 *
8:30 pmSporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union
Sat, Oct 1 *
7:30 pmToronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls
Sat, Oct 1510:30 pmSeattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes

* indicates date or time change from schedule as originally announced