Soccer Business Bits: MLS to the iPad, Hello Adrian & Montreal Stadium

Major League Soccer announced an update to its MLS MatchDay 2011 App which adds support for iPad.  According to the league press release, the update also adds new features such as live games and support for Apple’s AirPlay and iOS 4.3. “MLS MatchDay allows fans to follow the League and its 18 Clubs at home or on the go using their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The update was built from the ground up to work on all three devices, including, for the first time, iPad, taking full advantage of its unique capabilities and large, high-resolution display.”  According to reports, the app will also be available for those devices running and android operating system.  For some unknown reason, the league opted not to promote that option.

ESPN has announced that longtime soccer voice Adrian Healey will be the network’s primary MLS voice during the 2011 season.  Healey, who has been doing MLS play-by-play since he manned the Revolution booth in 1996, will sit next to John Harkes during most of the network games.  Max Bretos will also reportedly announce a number of matches.  Ian Darke’s MLS role remains unclear.  To date, Darke has only done the 2010 MLS Cup match.

One final note, 2012 expansion franchise Montreal Impact has unveiled its plans to expand Saputo stadium into a 20k park for its first MLS season.  The new plans include the addition of 7,000 new seats and a roof that will cover about 1/3 of the fans in the stadium.  The franchise will also more than double the amount of corporate boxes to 40.  We will have more on this stadium in coming weeks.