It all comes down to this. MLS teams are fighting for playoff positioning and playoff spots. NBCSN will have two games this weekend while NBC will have one. Many have commented that the league and its partners have missed a great opportunity to present another whip around show with live look ins throughout a multi-hour window. Instead, NBCSN will one meaningless game and one game with playoff implications, while the network mothership will show a match with significant ramifications for Houston while they battle with cellar dweller Houston. Probably the most significant game of the weekend will be on UniMas, which will have Chicago and New York fighting for a playoff spot and the Supporters Shield respectively. ESPN rounds out the week with Seattle and Los Angeles in a match that may have some playoff positioning implications, but both teams are slated for the postseason.
On to trivia, where we offer a Florida themed question given the big Orlando news of the week.
What Florida city was the final home of the Tea Men, a member of the North American Soccer League?
Answer at the bottom of the page in italics.
Before we get there, one quick note. The group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League finished up this week. There were great hopes for the tournament, but it seems to have again faded into obscurity. The regional championship deserves better than half empty stadiums, poor telecasts and limited coverage.
The name made more sense when the team was located in Boston and owned by Lipton Tea. The name made less sense when the team moved from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida, for the 1981 season.
Excerpt from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti. www.soccerprofessor.com
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