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The Monday After: Preseason Underway

Time for our usual roundup of the business weekend that was in American soccer.  The big story is the start of preseason camps throughout MLS.   Teams are gathering for initial training sessions, physicals are being performed and preseason schedules have been released.  From a business perspective, one of the most interesting stories is the coverage provided by the local papers of the preseason happenings.  In Vancouver, the Sun is providing fairly regular coverage of the the expansion Whitecaps, with stories about some of the players and significant events coming out of preseason.  Although the paper is not providing daily coverage, its reporting has been regular and thorough.

As has been the case for the last three years, the Seatle Times have provided excellent coverage of the Sounders’ preseason events.  Stories run both in the paper and on the blog and regularly include interviews with the players and coaches involved in training camp. In Houston, The Chronicle offers photos and stories from the first days of training camp in addition to a series of soccer blogs covering the beautiful game.  Their website also offers a convenient forum for fans to comment on training camp and other stories  involving the team.

The Salt Lake Trib offers an excellent array of training camp stories with seemingly a new story every day.  As is common when outlets cover other sports in the preseason, the Trib provides features on various players and other “soft” reporting.  In Philly, the Inquirer has also provided regular coverage of the second year Union. An active blog on the sports pages offers regular items on the teams.

Unfortunately, coverage of some of the other Eastern teams is limited.  Despite the presence of excellent soccer writers at the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, there is essentially no coverage of the Revs preseason.  The major New York papers make scant mention of the Red Bulls (despite some AP briefs).  While the Washington Post has the excellent Steve Goff’s coverage on the Insider Blog, the main paper’s coverage is sporadic. Offseason coverage of the Fire in the Tribune has also been fairly sporadic.


One Response

  1. The Revolution don’t get any coverage because they don’t DESERVE any coverage. They are the worst blight on MLS. Krafty should sell to New England Sports Ventures and coordinate with Liverpool, but he’s a greedy useless A-hole. That team will forever be in his cheap clutches. BIGGEST SHAME IN MLS and no one tells Garber or MLS Front Office. They just bury their heads in the sand.

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