Covering the Coverage

houstonEvery so often we like to take a look at how mainstream news and sports publications are covering the world of soccer in the United States.  With the first week of games now in the books, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look.  We’ll start with that venerable sports publication, Sports Illustrated.  This week’s edition features a four page spread on the start of the league season with a focus on Thierry Henry.  In the article Grant Wahl offers his predictions for the season and provides some great looks at Henry’s tenure in the league. The four page spread equals the length of the season preview from 2011.

The Seattle Times always provides in depth coverage of the Sounders and the paper doesn’t disappoint with coverage of the Sounders’ foray into the Champions League.  The Times provides a solid recap of the match. The Times Sounders’ page is full of great coverage including videos and MLS power rankings.  Few days go by without new content on the page.

The Houston Chronicle also provides thorough coverage of its local MLS club. The Chron followed the team through its last second victory in the Champions league and the league opener.  The articles on the page include some criticism of the team’s failure to draw a full house for the opener and the usual game coverage.

Even the Los Angeles Times managed some detailed coverage of the Galaxy’s return to the field.  Multiple articles (although difficult to find on the web page) cover the team and its Champions League opener.