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Nani off at the half hour, aggregating the injury he just recovered from.
 

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What a crazy day. SKC gets a point despite being down a man for 70 minutes. Seattle scores in the 87th and 88th to steal a win at Columbus. Austin fucks up Portland 3-1. Philly scores at the death to draw with Montreal. And freaking Miami won again.
 

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Good news here.

All national TV deals end after the 2022 season, and reportedly MLS has instructed clubs to not pursue any local deals that extend beyond 2022 either, with a view to some sort of comprehensive package going forward. Surely the league execs will be happy to see this sort of momentum happening now.

Speaking of U.S. television, there’s good news on the MLS viewership front. ABC and ESPN are averaging 384,000 viewers for their broadcasts, up 50% over last year and 39% over 2019. Fox and FS1 are averaging 231,000 viewers, up 14% over last year and 1% over 2019, with FS1 specifically (185,000 viewers per game) having its best season since 2015.

Univision and UniMás’ games in Spanish are averaging 302,000 viewers, up 21% over last year and 26% over 2019, with UniMás specifically (307,000 viewers) averaging its best-ever MLS season.
 

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TV ratings for the ASG are illuminating:

FS1: 175,000
Univision/TUDN: 1,400,000
 

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TV ratings for the ASG are illuminating:

FS1: 175,000
Univision/TUDN: 1,400,000
That is incredible.

As an aside, I'm going to a pretty cool doubleheader on Sunday. OL Reign vs the Portland Thorns and Sounders vs. Timbers.

Supposed to be 50k there, plus a Jimi Hendrix tribute thing with three music stages that get going 90 minutes before the women's game.

Hopefully I don't get the Delta. Hopefully the Seattle teams sweep. I've never seen the Timbers in a non-US Open Cup game. Should be incredible.
 

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TV ratings for the ASG are illuminating:

FS1: 175,000
Univision/TUDN: 1,400,000
So I hear a lot of talk about a future MLS/Liga MX merger, and I can absolutely envision some kind of North American soccer World Series based on these numbers. I know that the CONCACAF Champions League is designed to fill this niche, but if the two leagues developed an AL/NL kind of model (pre-wild card), where they were distinct associations playing under the same rules but overseen by the same governing body, it might be in the best interests of both.
 

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The RSL coach resigned with his team in sixth in the West to become ... an assistant in Seattle. That's pretty freaking weird.
 

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Vancouver fired coach Marc Dos Santos today. On the one hand, it's not too surprising given their embarrassing performance last night (a loss to Pacific FC in the Canadian Championship tournament). On the other, the Whitecaps are unbeaten in their last 8 MLS games, are only 3 points out of the playoffs, and are on the verge of playing at home again for the first time in 18 months.

Oh, and their opponent this weekend? RSL, who also don't have a coach. MLS, baby!
 

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As an aside, I'm going to a pretty cool doubleheader on Sunday. OL Reign vs the Portland Thorns and Sounders vs. Timbers.
I'm driving up from Portland for it too. Going to make for a long day, leaving around 11am, probably home at 2am.

I have not missed a Timbers league match (including playoffs) in Seattle (or Tukwila in the USL) since middle of 2004 so I'm not about to miss this either.
 

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The RSL coach resigned with his team in sixth in the West to become ... an assistant in Seattle. That's pretty freaking weird.
Indeed. Reports from Sam Stejskal of the Athletic are that the guaranteed part of Juarez's contract expires at the end of the year, but that RSL has an option for 2022. It sounds like the club doesn't love him, and RSL is for sale and the new owner may well clean house anyway.

If Juarez got canned this winter I don't think he would have gotten a head coaching job at another club, so I guess he decided to get out ahead of what he viewed as inevitable.
 

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The Fire head to Red Bull tonight. In his never ending spaghetti toss against the all, Brian Gutierrez gets his first start in 3 months. Coincidentally, I was doing a close look at his stats this week since he’s now hit 350 minutes this season and only turned 18 back in mid-June. The stats show a pretty pedestrian player in all categories, which is fair enough for a high schooler on a pretty pedestrian squad. So I’m eager to see what Wicky is going to do with him tonight against the hard-pressing Red Bull. Last time around, the Fire finally player some very direct, route 1 stuff to get over the top of the press. And it worked. Can they do it again tonight and help BGuti open his account?
 

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Mmm. Congrats @steeplechase3k that was a helluva performance by your boys.

I'm super irritated with the way the Sounders played tonight, but the Timbers certainly came out with an unmatched energy and took advantage of their opportunities.

Argh, I'm just pissed at my own team right now.
 

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That was one heck of a game! Getting home form a drive like that at 2am is not fun, but it's worth it to see the Timbers win up there.

From my perspective way up on the corner that was a close match. As all Allen Kelley matches it got chippy because he didn't control that match early on, but that teams were pretty even. It really came done to goal keeping. Clark made several amazing saves for the Timbers and Cleveland made two mistakes and the Timbers managed to score on both. Both teams also hit the post (is almost exactly the same spot) too. I need to watch full highlights, I saw a few when I stopped in a rest area on the drive home, but I need to see more of them.
 

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International break is over, time for Chicago to make a late charge into the playoff picture…so they give up 2 goals in the first 8 minutes to KC. Same as it ever was.
 

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Under normal circumstances, I think Wicky would be fired after this season and with a significant chunk of salary coming off the books, the squad turned over in the image of its new manager. I’ve read that Wicky’s contract is only a club option for next season, so it would be financially painless to cut ties.

but I can’t shake the feeling that he’s Heitz’ guy, hell or high water. That Heitz has a vision for the roster and Wicky is a trusted implementer of that plan.
 

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Jordan Morris trained with the first team today. He'd be a nice late season/playoff addition for the Sounders ... and potentially the USMNT.
 

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I was hopping no one would notice. Kamara nets a hat trick - 2 on PKs - all in the first half. For whatever reason, Wicky has switched to a 3-4-3 after the international break and it’s been shambolic. Why, Wicky, why?
 

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The last MLS club has exited the 2021 Concacaf Champions League. But fear not, the last MLS side to win a continental tournament is currently holding a 14-point league for the automatic spot in the east in 2022 qualifying.