ESPN networks to air 21 regular-season matches in 2012

NEW YORK — The ESPN networks are set to broadcast 21 MLS regular-season matches in 2012, featuring some of the biggest games in the league.

ESPN and ESPN2 will split coverage of the 2012 season, beginning with the Portland Timbers' season-opening home match against the Philadelphia Union, and will proceed to broadcast the fiercest clashes, including the marquee tilt between defending Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup champs LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, the SuperClasico in Los Angeles, the Cascadia Cup derby and the rough-and-tough matches along I-95 in the East Coast.

ESPN2 will also carry the All-Star Game on Aug. 1.

ESPN continues its world-class live coverage of MLS with 21 regular-season games. The nine games on ESPN and 11 on ESPN2 will also be available on ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes Radio. The May 4 Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire game will be exclusively televised on ESPN Deportes.

In addition, ESPN and ESPN2 have seven windows in the summer in order to broadcast World Football Challenge matches involving MLS clubs.

Date Time (ET) Match (home team listed first) Network
Mon, March 12 9:30 pm Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, March 25 4:00 pm New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids ESPN/Deportes
Sat, April 7 5:00 pm Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, April 22 6:00 pm D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/Deportes
Fri, May 4 11:00 pm  Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire Deportes
Sat, May 5 8:00 pm LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN/Deportes
Sun, May 13 1:30 pm Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/Deportes
Sat, May 19 10:30 pm Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/Deportes
Sat, June 16 5:00 pm Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, June 24 5:00 pm Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/Deportes
Sat, June 30 10:00 pm San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, July 8 3:00 pm Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy ESPN/Deportes
Sun, July 15 4:00 pm New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/Deportes
Sat, July 21 2:30 pm New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN/Deportes
Sun, August 5 10:00 pm Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, August 12 11:00 pm Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, August 26 9:00 pm Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/Deportes
Thu, September 20 8:00 pm Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United ESPN2/Deportes
Sun, October 7 9:00 pm Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers ESPN/Deportes
Sun, October 21 9:00 pm Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas ESPN/Deportes
Sun, October 28 9:00 pm LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/Deportes

 


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