MLS released this list of highlights from the 2010 league schedule released today:
All 240 games will be televised.· Fans can watch live via the national broadcast partners, regional telecasts, the Direct Kick television package (available via select satellite and digital cable providers) or on MLSnet.com. Regional broadcast schedules will be announced by the teams as they are finalized.
One-third of the games will be broadcast live by a national TV network:· 25 games will air live in high definition on ESPN2, and all of those, plus one game on ESPN, will be simulcast on ESPN360 and in Spanish ESPN Deportes. This is the fourth year of an eight-year partnership between MLS and ESPN.
· 31 games will be televised live in high definition on Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and feature 30-minute pre- and post-game shows for a three-hour programming window. Fox’s MLS schedule includes four Sunday matches from July 18 to Aug. 8.
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· 23 games will be broadcast live on TeleFutura, most on Saturdays starting at 1 p.m. PT.
75 percent of games will be played on Saturdays; 85 percent of games will be played on weekends.
A two-week break in the MLS season aligns with the group phase of the FIFA World Cup. The last match before this break is D.C. United at Seattle Sounders FC at 7 p.m. PT (ESPN2).
Red Bull Arena will host its first League match March 27 when the New York Red Bulls face the Chicago Fire at 4 p.m. PT (live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com).
The first MLS game to be played on natural grass at BMO Field in Toronto will be Toronto FC’s April 15 match against Philadelphia Union at 4 p.m. PT (live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com).
On Sunday, June 27, Philadelphia Union will open the ninth stadium built specifically for an MLS club. The grand opening of the venue in Chester, Pa., will be a match against Seattle Sounders FC at 2 p.m. PT (live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com).
SuperLiga 2010 will take place this summer with the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo, and the New England Revolution representing MLS alongside four clubs from Mexico’s Primera A. Full details of the tournament will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2010 MLS All-Star Game will showcase top players from both conferences against a popular international club at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas in late July or early August. The date and opponent for the game will be announced at a later date, but it will be broadcast live by ESPN2 and TeleFutura.
The 2010 regular season concludes Sunday, Oct. 24 with a pair of games. Eight teams will qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, which begin the following weekend, Oct. 28-30. The championship match, MLS Cup 2010, will be held Sunday, Nov. 21 at a venue to be announced later, live on ESPN and TeleFutura.