MLS and WPS are firmly entrenched in the off season period and after its frustration in Zurich, US Soccer is also entering a quiet time. With no games to play, we thought it would be interesting to see how some of the major publications are covering soccer during this period. We’ll start in Salt Lake City, where the most recent article from the Trib discusses the signing of Saborio as the team’s first designated player. During the season RSL receives outstanding local coverage, but the Winter does not produce a daily article.
In Vancouver, the Sun has continued to provide regular coverage of the expansion Whitecaps’ upcoming entry into the league. The most recent article looks at recent roster moves. The coverage is irregular, but does discuss recent events and key signings. In Portland, OregonLive devoted significant coverage to the recent jersey unveiling for the Timbers. Also notable was the prominence of advertising for the team on the main page of the site.
In Kansas City, Sporting has been getting regular coverage in the Star. The Sporting page contains a fairly up to date series of articles on the team and world soccer stories. Although largely blog based, the page is comprehensive and offers good coverage of the team. In Houston, the Chronicle has done a solid jobo of coverign what has been a busy business off season for the Dynamo. Between the drafts, new sponsorships and new stadium, the paper has offered consistent coverage of the team.
We’ll close in Los Angeles, where the Times presents solid soccer coverage, but ususally limited MLS reporting. Despite the presence of longtime soccer scribe Grahame L. Jones, most of the articles in the Times address European stories, USSF events and more. On the front soccer page there is little evidence of either MLS team.