July 4th Celebrations

Independence Day is typically a big event in Major League Soccer and teams around the league hope to extend the celebration across three days with a loaded slate of games coming this weekend.  Most teams work their July 4th matches around fireworks shows and thus bring big crowds to their stadiums.  This year, the league’s broadcast partners join the fun, with a crammed schedule of nationally telecast games.  Fox Soccer starts things off at 7:00 on Saturday with a live broadcast from RFK.  Galavision joins at 10:00 from the Home Depot Center for Chivas v. Chicago.  At 10:30, ESPN2 offers San Jose/New York from Stanford Stadium.

The national telecasts continue on Sunday night, as the Rapids host their annual pyrotechnic show and soccer game combination.  ESPN2 will be at ESG Park.  On July 4th, ESPN2 will host an MLS doubleheader, starting at Rio Tinto and a rare national appearance for New England. The Worldwide Leader’s 4 games in three nights finishes back in Los Angeles with strong Galaxy/Sounders matchup.  These games promise big crowds and great atmosphere.  July 4th is the league’s annual opportunity to make a statement.

As is typically the case, the home teams are doing something special for Independence Day, starting with San Jose bringing its match to larger capacity Stanford Stadium (and adding pyrotechnics).  The Rapids are adding kids shows, concerts and fireworks to their Sunday night match.  RSL is not putting on a fireworks show (they are saving that for later in the month), but are handing out posters to the first 10k through the door and are retiring Jason Kries’ number.  The Galaxy will debut their 3rd jersey on the 4th and will put on a post game fireworks show.  Two days earlier, State Farm will present a similar show at the Home Depot Center.