Must See TV


For the fourth time in three years, the Galaxy and Burn, I mean Hoops, or whatever they are called these days, has played an entertaining game of the highest sort. This is a big break for MLS, as two of the biggest TV markets in the country are featured in this budding rivalry.

Beginning with the Superliga match in 2007 which saw eleven goals scored, through LA’s show that led to Steve Morrow’s firing as FCD manager through last night, no matchup in MLS, or perhaps the football world has been as exciting rivalry on the planet.

MLS is hard pressed to find a consistently large TV audience. The ratings for the league are poor, especially when forced to compete with European or Mexican Football and College (American) Football. But the FC Dallas-LA Galaxy series has promise.

David Beckham, Landon Donovan and a large number of international veterans (LA Galaxy) facing off with, Jeff Cunningham, the second all time leading MLS scorer, and the best core of young American players in the league (FC Dallas). MLS has to think bigger picture when marketing certain matchups: big TV markets and attractive storylines.

Neither FC Dallas nor the LA Galaxy has been particularly successful the last few years. But from an entertainment standpoint, the rivalry has unlimited potential.

Goal galore and superstar quality to boot: Large TV markets and incredible on the pitch passion.

What are our readers thoughts about the excitement level provided by this series in recent meeting?

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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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5 Responses to Must See TV

  1. Rob says:

    Pace and chances. I caught a little bit of some College Soccer on FSC last weekend, and it was a good game because all of the players were going 100% and it provided a pace and openness to the game that I rarely see in MLS. The talent quality was a little bit lower, but it was a more exciting game because of it.

  2. Kartik says:

    By the time MLS will realize this, it will be too late: no Beckham, no donovan, no cunningham, and all the young stars of FC Dallas will be looking abroad. But yes, it’d be a good idea to look into it

  3. Joe in Indianapolis says:

    If the city of Dallas doesn’t even care about this team (insanely low attendance), why should I? That’s how I feel about it. This team feels like a team that is about to fold. The Galaxy will always be important to the league. But Dallas seems like they could disappear, be replaced by St. Louis or something, and no one would really notice.

  4. soccer goals says:

    The 6-3 game was the best of the week.

  5. Charles says:

    Anyway the MLS can get revenue they need to.
    Then they need to spend it on players.

    Many average Americans ( as opposed to when I started rooting for the Sounders 30 year ago ), are revenue generator for soccer….but not for the MLS ( away from Seattle ). Why ? They don’t think it is the best.
    Barring a 2010 miracle from the National team, they won’t be, until the MLS start keeping the talent at home.

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