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Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2009 at 8:27 am with 7 Comments »
October 31, 2009 8:27 am

mlsballThe Sounders are off this weekend and awaiting a long countdown to Nov. 8 (which was the general point of my story today).

So that gives us a little while to discuss some other soccer issues.

The obvious one is the start of the other MLS playoff series this weekend. Here’s a look at the only game scheduled for today: Columbus at RSL.

Another is the wobbly future of the USL, which is nicely detailed by Kip Kesgard in this Oregonian soccer blog post.

This is a doubly-interesting matter because Portland and Vancouver, of course, are scheduled to join MLS in 2011, so it’ll be interesting to see if they just hold their noses and stick it out for another year in USL, join a new league for a single season, or just go dark for a season … which I believe the Sounders at least considered before making the (now wise) decision to remain in USL and get some of their eventual MLS players some playing time there.

Meanwhile, I bumped into Tacoma Tide owner Mike Jennings at Sounders training yesterday, and he said he doesn’t expect the USL troubles to drift down and affect his USL-PDL team/league in any meaningful way.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. jimkingjr says:

    Don:

    Sigi is obviously not happy with the long lay-off. What is he going to think about only four days between Houston and the Conference finals?

    The MLS Playoff Guide is at
    http://web.mlsnet.com/pdf/mls/2009/playoffs/2009POguide.pdf
    and page 2 has the schedule showing Thursday and Saturday conference finals games- with ESPN2 having the Thursday 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern game. Can’t believe an East Conference final will start at 10pm.

    Those time slots are also found by checking TVGuide.com

    Must accomodate the ESPN masters, I guess. But the screwy MLS playoff scheduling needs to be straightened out.

    Of course, the Sounder website still says conference finals will be Saturday and Sunday, so maybe the team front office hasn’t been paying attention.

  2. derekyoung says:

    Competing second division soccer leagues? What could possibly go wrong? Isn’t there some way US Soccer can step in? This can’t be healthy for a system that is really making some headway. For example, I’m glad to hear it won’t hurt the PDL, but what if it did? Shouldn’t that be a concern?

  3. joshuavd86 says:

    Thanks for the link, jimkingjr. Where I got scared was when I hit page 14. If we are to advance to the conference final, we’ve got to make sure that Evans, Osvaldo, and Montero try to stay squeaky clean in Houston in the process, because yellow cards in two consecutive games equals a one game suspension. That has to be going through Sigi’s head right now while he’s strategizing for Game 2.

  4. hellomouthbreathers says:

    ESPN masters? Look, you watch a fringe sport, like the WNBA (hey that sport is big in Europe, too, whoopie!), you are lucky the games are on ESPN at all.

  5. jimkingjr says:

    I’d rather they weren’t on ESPN at all, if the price is only second half televised, or screwed up scheduling. You can bow down to the masters- I’m all for telling them to take a flying leap.

  6. derekyoung says:

    I wonder what drives a person to take the time to read a soccer blog just to insult the sport?

  7. joepublic says:

    Computer time at the home.

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