Nothing like getting the last laugh — while also getting paid for it.
Converted: Record numbers of U.S. viewers watched the opening weekend of EPL action that included this Wayne Rooney goal for Manchester United in a losing cause against Swansea City (Associated Press photo).
NBC said today that:
- Saturday’s Arsenal-Crystal Palace game on NBC averaged 885,000 viewers and became the most-watched opening weekend match in U.S. history. It out-drew last year’s corresponding fixture by 12 percent.
- Sunday’s Newcastle-Manchester City game on NBCSN averaged 514,000 viewers, ranking it as the most-watched opening weekend game on cable in U.S. history. It topped the previous record holder in 2012 when ESPN showed the game.
- All told, 3.3 million watched the five games that aired on NBC and NBCSN, the most ever for the opening weekend of EPL action.
Could Major League Soccer learn a little something from the LA Clippers, NBA and Steve Ballmer?
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 18, 2014
Gyasi Zardes’ ninth goal in 10 games kept him on course for a call-up to the annual January USMNT camp, but he couldn’t prevent the Galaxy falling to their worst defeat of the season in Columbus against a Crew team LA made look better than they have most of the year.
The Galaxy also came up with a new excuse for losing — Landon Donovan’s farewell presentation by the Crew at the start of the game:
“It’s going to be happening every time,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It certainly looked distracting tonight.”
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) August 15, 2014
Wondering what channel your team is on? Find it here.
A look at NBC’s coverage plans is here.
A preview via England’s respected The Telegraph newspaper is here.
The comprehensive, interactive official preview is here.
Where will you watch the game?
— Joaquin (@MorningPint) August 10, 2014
— ManUtdUSA (@manutdusa) August 15, 2014
Premier League Opener this Saturday at Underground! Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Football Club @ 9:30am
— Underground Pub (@UNDERGROUNDPUB) August 13, 2014
Everton fans click here.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 15, 2014
Newly-signed Galaxy veteran (if you know what I mean) Alan Gordon and the Galaxy face the Crew in Columbus Saturday at 4:30 p.m. live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with the hosts scheduled to make “significant announcement” before the game.
Meanwhile, lowly Chivas USA have signed Ecuadorian forward Felix Borja, who played three season’s in Mexico with Puebla, on a year-long loan from Ecuador’s LDU Quito.
“We are extremely pleased to add such a gifted, international striker,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “Felix’s great experience in some of the other top leagues worldwide will help us not only on the field where we expect him to score and create goals, but also in the locker room where he can help mentor our younger players.”
Borja, 31, played 23 times for his national team and featured at the 2006 World Cup. He also had stints in Germany and Greece.
Also Houston plays Philadelphia at 7:30 tonight on NBCSN, while Real Salt lake and Seattle face off on the same channel at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 12, 2014
The game will kickoff at 11:45 a.m. with TV information to be announced at a later date.
“We are absolutely thrilled to finish our work in 2014 with a game against Ireland,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They are consistently a difficult team to play against, and we welcome these types of challenges as we continue to move our team forward towards the Gold Cup next year.”
More from the U.S. Soccer press release:
Ireland has been drawn into Group D of qualifying for the 2014 European Championship, along with 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany. The Irish will face Scotland in qualifying action four days prior to hosting the United States. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is the team’s captain and its all-time leader in appearances (134) and goals (62).
The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where the Irish collected a 2-1 win.
The U.S. will also play the Czech Republic Sept. 3 in Prague in its first post-World Cup game.
Host Rebecca Lowe and NBC returns Saturday with their second season of Barclays Premier League coverage.
Wondering what games are on what channel this coming weekend (and for the first three months of the season)? Click here.
Check out a comprehensive team-by-team guide to the new season here.
You remember this guy, don’t you?
A decade after he was first drafted by the Galaxy and scored just 16 goals in 80 appearances over six years, the Galaxy gave the Earthquakes an unspecified amount of allocation money today to re-acquire forward Alan Gordan.
“Alan is a proven MLS player who adds another scoring threat to our roster,” coach Bruce Arena said.
Optimistic, isn’t he?
Gordon, now 32, scored 23 goals with San Jose and had stints with Toronto and Chivas USA.
More from sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News is here.
What do you think. Are the Galaxy regressing or progressing with a apparently short-ter signing like this. Guess it’s an admission Rob Friend isn’t exactly working out, huh?