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EPL is soccer king on ESPN networks

By Paul Kennedy

The English Premier League remains king when it comes to American soccer viewers interested in watching league competitions.

The April 8 broadcast of the EPL's top-of-the-standings clash between Manchester United and Manchester City averaged 611,000 viewers on ESPN -- quite impressive for a Monday afternoon broadcast.

That's more than three times the average viewers for MLS's first five telecasts this season on ESPN2. Sunday's D.C. United-Philadelphia MLS game averaged 170,000 viewers.

MLS is still outdrawing ESPN2's newest soccer programming, Mexico's Liga MX, by a wide margin. Cruz Azul-Tijuana drew 81,000 viewers and Puebla-Jaguares just 41,000 on the weekend of April 13-14.

ESPN2, 2013 MLS Viewers
221,000 Portland-New York (March 3)
179,000 San Jose-New York (March 10)
170,000 D.C. United-Philadelphia (April 14)
157,000 Chicago-New York (April 7)
108,000 FC Dallas-Houston (March 17)

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'SOMOS TIMBERS.' The Portland Timbers have established the Copa Verde, a new annual friendly competition in which the MLS club will face a Mexican first division team, to highlight the sustainability of the Timbers’ local outreach programs and initiatives through “Somos Timbers,” focused on Hispanic youth development, education and health in the greater Portland area.

A portion of the proceeds from the July 3 Copa Verde benefit game against Morelia will go to the Mexican Consulate of Portland’s IME Becas program and scholarships.
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