The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee upheld an automatic one-game suspension today for the Galaxy coach after Bruce Arena entered the field during second half stoppage time of last Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Timbers in Portland.
EPL ratings, led by the 852,000 viewers who watched Sunday’s Manchester United-Manchester City derby on NBCSN — making it the second most-watched EPL game on cable television ever, — are again fast outpacing MLS.
Still, MLS games, Soccer America reported, are getting a modest lift from EPL coverage and are now averaging 142,000 per game, up 60 percent.
The bottom line for NBC, according to a news release today:
The 27 English-language games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC drew a total of 9.1 million viewers – up 92% from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year. In addition, NBCSN’s Premier League telecasts are averaging 391,000 viewers – a 70% jump over the average posted by ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer after five weeks last year (230,000).
Cool, overcast conditions in the South Bay Friday undoubtedly made Seattle feel at home ahead of the pivotal, nationally televised Galaxy-Sounders clash Saturday in Carson.
Landon Donovan, who was not made available to reporters Thursday, reportedly remains an injury doubt for the game that presumably will also feature a replacement in central defense for A.J. DeLaGarza, apparently out with a dislocated elbow.
Clint Dempsey, meanwhile, will look for his first Seattle goal since his big money move from the EPL, while Galaxy President Chris Klein was rewarded Thursday for his leadership of the club with a new deal.
Here’s gameday details for those of you heading to StubHub Center.
*The Galaxy play tonight at 7 o’clock in their second CONCACAF Champions League group game in Carson.
*Meanwhile, Saturday’s opponents have a surplus of options for their starting XI.
*Chivas USA President Jose David, a non-soccer guy much reviled by the club’s hardcore supporters, is out after just 11 months in the job where he was better known for spawning racial discrimination lawsuits than success on the field, replaced by a lawyer and bean counter from the mothership. Ho hum.
*To mark Landon Donovan re-upping his MLS contract today, the Galaxy are offering fans $10 grass berm tickets for Saturday’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes (well, that and the fact LA clears out of a long holiday weekend, so the club has to figure out a way to goose attendance). Call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299).
*Irish striker Robbie Keane and Panamanian goalkeeper Jaime Penedo received call-ups from their respective nations today for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, meaning the pair will miss the Galaxy’s Sept. 7 contest at home against the Colorado Rapids. The two will leave after Saturday’s game, which not so coincidentally is Robbie Keane bobblehead night. Presumably they will rejoin the club in time for the Sept. 14 road game against D.C. United.
*Chivas USA (5-14-6) have belatedly found TV stations willing to televise seven of their remaining, yet totally meaningless games. Spanish-language KHY-TV (Channel 22) and English-language KDOC-TV (Channel 56) have stepped up.