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Chivas USA’s Erick Torres earns MLS Player of the Week honors

 

NEW YORK – Chivas USA forward Erick Torres was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 17 of the 2014 MLS season.

 

Torres’ two goals propelled Chivas USA to two 1-0 victories, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.

Erick Torres (courtesy MLS & Chivas USA)

 

Torres registered his first of two game winners in the 53rd minute against the Earthquakes in San Jose on Wednesday, July 2. Chivas USA midfielder Mauro Rosales played a cross into the box that the Earthquakes failed to clear, where Torres collected the loose ball kicked it into the left corner.

 

In Saturday’s 1-0 win against Montreal, Torres netted a dramatic Goal of the Year nominee. Chivas USA midfielder Marco Delgado’s shot from distance deflected off Montreal defender Matteo Ferrari and bounced towards Torres on the right side of the box, where Torres volleyed the ball to himself and deposited the ball past goalkeeper Troy Perkins with a bicycle kick.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Susan Marschall; COURTESY MLS COMMUNICATIONS

MLS Week 17 Disciplinary Decisions: NY Red Bulls Armando suspended two games

 

 

NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended New York Red Bulls defender Armando for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of an opponent in the 94th minute of the match on July 4 against the Houston Dynamo (VIDEO). Through the MLS Players Union, Armando submitted an appeal, which was unsuccessful.

 

Colorado Rapids forward Vicente Sanchez has been suspended two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent in the 78thminute of the match on July 4 against the Columbus Crew (VIDEO).

 

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MLS suspends Revolution midfielder Nguyen

 

New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen Suspended Following July 4 Incident

 

NEW YORK (July 11, 2014) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen one game and fined the player an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of an opponent and bringing the game into disrepute in the 57th minute of the match on July 4 against Real Salt Lake (VIDEO).

 

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MLS, U.S. Soccer sign landmark TV and Media Rights deal with ESPN, FOX and Univision Deportes

 

· Eight-year Agreements Begin in 2015

· Nationally-televised Matches will be Anchored on Friday and Sunday

· Univision Becomes First Spanish-language Network to have Exclusive Night with U.S.-based Major Professional Sports League

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer have signed new television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes, reaching eight-year agreements with the networks to televise MLS and U.S. Soccer matches in the United States through the end of 2022.  The announcement was made by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, U.S. Soccer CEO/General Secretary Dan Flynn, ESPN, Inc. President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper, President, COO and Executive Producer for FOX Sports Eric Shanks and Univision Deportes President Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

 

For the first time in Major League Soccer’s history, all three television partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week, providing soccer fans throughout the country with a destination day and time for each network.  The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings — primarily on UniMás — and a wrap-up show on Sundays.  The Friday night match on the Univision family of networks will be the first time a Spanish-language television network will have its own exclusive night with a major professional sports league based in the United States.

Soccer fans will be able to enjoy a doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday, as ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will televise back-to-back MLS matches on Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.  More than 125 MLS matches will be televised annually on the three networks.

The new agreements also will include extensive marketing and promotional support from all network partners, including dedicated campaign support and cross-promotion across all three networks for upcoming MLS and U.S. Soccer matches. In addition, ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes will develop multi-platform initiatives to build the profile of MLS and U.S. Soccer players, including tune-in campaigns, digital content and shoulder programming, social media marketing and integration of MLS and U.S. Soccer stars in network programs such as the ESPYS and Premio Lo Nuestro.

ESPN has broadcast MLS matches since the league’s inception in 1996, and the new agreement will extend ESPN’s partnership with the league to 27 seasons.  Fox Sports returns to MLS after previously broadcasting the league’s games from 2003 to 2011.  Univision’s new agreement with MLS will extend the relationship between the nation’s top Spanish-language network and the league to 20 seasons.

“We are honored to partner with ESPN, FOX and Univision to form the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country,” said Commissioner Garber.  “The commitment from our television partners in terms of structure, length and magnitude is unprecedented, and these new partnerships are another strong indicator of the League’s continued growth and the overall fan interest in our sport.”

Major League Soccer’s out-of-market package, currently serviced through the MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick packages, will be available to a wider audience via ESPN3, ESPN’s live multiscreen sports network currently in more than 92 million homes, and WatchESPN, available to fans who receive their video or Internet subscription from an affiliated provider.  Featuring more than 200 MLS matches each year, the MLS out-of-market package will also be available via over-the-top services such as Google Play, iTunes Apple TV, Roku and others.

With national television broadcasts anchored on Fridays and Sundays, MLS clubs will have exclusivity on Saturdays, allowing for additional flexibility to schedule games.  All of the Saturday MLS matches will be available via the new out-of-market package on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

All three networks will televise both U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches.  ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will split the English-language Men’s National Team broadcast package of approximately 10 games per year, and will share the schedule of Women’s National Team games. Univision Deportes is the exclusive Spanish language home of U.S. Soccer, broadcasting all of the U.S. Men’s National Team games, and a minimum of four Women’s National Team matches each year during the term.

“We are extremely pleased to have extended our partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The commitment made by our television partners to broadcast such a wide range and quantity of games demonstrates the growing demand for soccer in our country and provides a platform for our growing fan base to follow the game both for club and country.”

ESPN Networks

· Minimum of 34 regular season games, on an exclusive basis, on Sundays at 5 p.m. ET primarily on ESPN2.

· ESPN and FOX Sports will share MLS Cup Playoff matches outside of the two Univision games.

· MLS Cup will alternate each year between ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

· The AT&T MLS All-Star Game will alternate each year between ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

· ESPN and FOX Sports will split all U.S. Soccer matches.

· ESPN3 will carry the matches in MLS’ out-of-market package.

· ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio networks have the rights to broadcast MLS matches.

· ESPN obtains digital rights across all platforms and devices for the games it televises.

“ESPN remains firmly committed to world-class soccer and this agreement underscores our belief that this is an ascendant sports property,” said Skipper. “We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with MLS and U.S. Soccer, and the broad media rights we have acquired, including enhanced digital rights, will benefit all our platforms.”

FOX Sports

· Minimum of 34 regular season games, on an exclusive basis, on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET primarily on FOX Sports 1.

· FOX Sports 1 and ESPN will split MLS Cup Playoff matches outside of the two Univision games.

· MLS Cup will alternate each year between FOX Sports 1 and ESPN.

· The AT&T MLS All-Star Game will alternate each year between FOX Sports 1 and ESPN.

· FOX Sports obtains digital rights across all platforms and devices for the games it televises, including its FOX Sports GO mobile app and FOXSportsGO.com for desktops.

· FOX Sports obtains digital highlight rights for MLS’s out-of-market package via FOX Sports digital platforms.

· ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will split all U.S. Soccer matches.

· FOX Sports Radio network has the opportunity to broadcast MLS matches.

“This groundbreaking deal represents a giant leap forward in the exposure for, and the commitment to, soccer in the U.S.,” said Eric Shanks, president, COO and executive producer for FOX Sports.  “Not only are we making a significant financial commitment, but we also plan to mobilize FOX’s substantial promotional resources to raise awareness and grow the fan base for our nation’s premier soccer league and its national teams.”

Univision

· Minimum of 34 regular season games, on an exclusive basis, on Friday evenings usually at 7 p.m. ET or 11 p.m. ET, primarily on UniMás.

· Two MLS Cup Playoff matches per season, on an exclusive basis, during the knockout round.

· The AT&T MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup, exclusively in Spanish on Univision.

· All U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team matches, including a minimum of four U.S. Women’s National Team matches each year over the term.

· Exclusive MLS matches on the Univision networks will include Second Audio Program (SAP), providing viewers the option of watching games in English.  English audio also will be available for matches televised on Univision’s digital platforms.

· Univision Deportes Network (UDN), Univision’s 24-hour sports network, will feature 5-7 consecutive Friday doubleheaders in May and June that will be surrounded by two hours of MLS ancillary programming.

· UDN will televise a weekly Sunday MLS wrap-up program and a condensed MLS match of the week.

· Univision obtains digital rights across all platforms and mobile devices for the games it televises.

“Soccer is the No. 1 sport for Hispanic Americans and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with both MLS and U.S. Soccer,” said Rodriguez. “We are excited to bring the Hispanic audience together around this passionate sport.  I am optimistic that our comprehensive partnership will accelerate the growth of soccer even further over the next decade.”

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Dan Courtemanche; COURTESY MLS COMMUNICATIONS

MLS explains decision to postpone Crew-Dallas FC Match


“Due to the inclement weather in Ohio and the unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot outside Columbus Crew Stadium last night, Major League Soccer made the decision to postpone the game between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew,” said MLS Executive Vice President Dan Courtemanche. “The game has been rescheduled to 2 pm ET today.”

The health and safety of our fans is always our top priority, and we believe it was the right decision to postpone the match. The decision to reschedule the game to Sunday afternoon was made by the League. When matches are postponed, MLS’ standard policy is to reschedule the game to the next day if possible. This policy is similar to other professional sports leagues. We apologize for any inconvenience to the fans.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Dan Courtemanche; COURTESY MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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