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Soccer Business Bits: MLS Schedules, WPS Schedules & More

MLS is set to announce the 2010 schedule.  Although “First Kick” and team home openers have been known for a while, the league will finally reveal the dates for all 240 matches.  The big reveal will also provide insight into the league’s plans for the World Cup break, and show what matches will rate national television exposure.  Also, fans will get a first look at ESPN’s plans for televising MLS this season in year two of the variable night experiment.  National games for the other broadcast partners will also be announced.

Early reports indicate that there will be at least three dates when all teams are in action.  Each team will play 30 games, 15 home and away with the regular season concluding on October 24, 2010.  Schedules typically leak out prior to the official announcement in drips and drabs from each team and media.

WPS has also announced that it has finalized its game dates for the 2010 campagin.   Each team will play 24 games with 12 home dates with the season starting on April 10, 2010.  The regular season will conclude on September 26, 2010 with the championship game.

Finally, the San Jose Earthquakes have broken ground on a new $1.2 million training center across from the San Jose Airport.  This is the same location as the planned Earthquakes stadium.  The practice field is grass.  The new field is being built behind the location where the proposed 15,000 seat stadium is intended to go.