On the eve of its inaugural MLS match, the Whitecaps are making news in another league. According to reports, the Whitecaps are seeking to become the first MLS match to enter a team into WPS. Vancouver already has a women’s soccer franchise that plays in the W-league. WPS and MLS have operated separately since the WPS league formed, but Vancouver has a strong leadership team and ample assets to make a strong stand in WPS. Billionaire Greg Kerfoot has long been a friend of soccer and Steve Nash adds glamor and splash to the ownership.
In an offseason that has seen popular soccer announcers shift around from network to network, it seems worth resetting the status of the major English langage booths. ESPN’s primary team will be Adrian Healey and John Harkes (one of the few to stay in the same job). Max Bretos and Ian Darke will also provide play-by-play for select games. Bretos and Taylor Twellman will be the primary studio team for national broadcasts. Alexi Lalas and Rob Stone will also reprise their previous roles for the network. Fox Soccer Channel has added two new play-by-play voices in JP DellaCamera and Allen Hopkins. Hopkins will take the lead for the network’s Saturday night games while DellaCamera will work on Friday nights while retaining his role as the primary voice for the Union. Kyle Martino will join Christopher Sullivan in providing color analysis of the game.
Finally, the we are looking forward to the annual Sports Business Journal MLS focused edition which should come out on Monday. The series of articles are usually full of great business nuggets about the league.