[TELEVISION WATCH] Major League Soccer and FOX Soccer have extended the network’s national broadcast rights agreement for one year. The previous four-year agreement expired at the end of last year and the two sides were reportedly far apart on the rights fees for a new long-term agreement.
The soccer-only channel will broadcast up to 31 regular-season games, plus three playoff matches including a conference final – all in high definition. The package includes 15 matches on Saturday nights and 14 on Friday nights.
“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's schedule this season begins with the March 19 opener between the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids and the expansion Portland Timbers
2011 MLS Broadcast Schedule (FOX Soccer)
Home team listed first; all times Eastern; subject to change
Saturday, March 19 Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 9 p.m.
Friday, March 25* Seattle Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo 10 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, April 1* Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, April 8* FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids, 9 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, April 16 Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 22* Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 9:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, April 23 LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers, 11 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, April 29* Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United, 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, May 6* Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union 10:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, May 14 Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo, 9 p.m.
Friday, June 3* LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United, 11 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, June 10* New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, June 11 Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10 p.m.
Friday, June 17* Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, June 25 San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, 11 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, July 2 D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, July 9 LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 Seattle Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids, 4 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, July 29* Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, July 30 Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 5* Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew, 9:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, August 13 Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 27 Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, September 9* LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids, 11 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, September 16* Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution, 11 p.m. (excl.)
Friday, September 23* Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union, 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
Saturday, October 1* Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m. (excl.)
* indicates date or time change from schedule as originally announced
(excl.) exclusively broadcast on FSC.