2013 MLS TV Schedule

The latest MLS season kicks-off this Saturday, and with it so does the continuing coverage from TSN and Sportsnet.

TSN and TSN2, “the home of soccer” (apparently), will feature 41 games shown nationally that feature Canadians teams – Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact – as well as 24 additional games throughout the season with US-based teams. In addition, TSN will have full coverage of the MLS All-Star game, the MLS Playoffs and MLS Cup. Luke Wileman and Jason Devos return to the booth for play-by-play and colour commentary.

Sportsnet Pacific, One, and City Vancouver will broadcast 23 regular season games of the Whitecaps, and Sportsnet Ontario and One will carry 11 TFC matches during the year. The west coast commentary team will comprise of Paul Dolanreturns, Craig MacEwen and Scott Rintoulr. For Toronto broadcasts, veterans Gerry Dobson and Craig Forrest will call the action.

TVA Sports, the official broadcaster of the Montreal Impact, will show 22 of their games this season. RDS will broadcast more than 30 games, including 12 match-ups featuring the Montreal Impact, as well as the MLS All-Star game, Playoffs and MLS Cup.

NBC will show three matches on their main network during the season.

All games are listed below. All times are ET unless noted.
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MLS Sets Canadian Ratings Record

The opening MLS game of the 2012 season set a new ratings record in Canada. The Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact game on Saturday night drew an average of 541, 000 viewers (288 , 000 on TSN and 253, 000 on RDS). If anything, this is a testament to the anticipation of the new team in Quebec. I am interested to see if the stronger ratings can hold throughout the season. Last year’s MLS season opener between the Whitecaps and Toronto FC previously the highest watched MLS game in Canada. An average of 289, 000 watched it on TSN.

2012 MLS on TSN2 Schedule (all-US matches)

Here is TSN2’s 2012 MLS schedule for matches featuring two American teams. See here for TSN’s schedule with games featuring a Canadian team.

TSN will use the ESPN and NBC feeds for these games. ESPN’s main commentary team is Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman. NBC’s main commentary team is Arlo White and Kyle Martino.

All times are Eastern. The originating US broadcaster is in brackets.

Saturday 5/5, 8:00pm – LA Galaxy vs. New York (ESPN)
Sunday 5/13, 1:30pm – Philadelphia vs. New York (ESPN2)
Saturday 5/19, 10:30pm – Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy (ESPN2)

Saturday 7/7, 11:00pm – Seattle vs. Colorado (NBC Sports)
Saturday 7/14, 11:00pm – Portland vs. LA Galaxy (NBC Sports)
Saturday 7/21, 2:30pm – New York vs. Philadelphia (ESPN)

Friday 8/10, 9:00pm – New York vs. Houston (NBC Sports)
Sunday 8/19, 5:00pm – DC United vs. Philadelphia (NBC Sports)

Friday 9/14, 8:30pm – Kansas City vs. Houston (NBC Sports)
Thursday 9/20, 8:00pm – Philadelphia vs. DC United (ESPN2)
Saturday 9/22, 8:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Portland (NBC Sports)
Friday 9/28, 8:30pm – Kansas City vs. Chicago (NBC Sports)

Saturday 10/6, 3:30pm – New York vs. Chicago (NBC)
Saturday 10/6, 9:00pm – LA Galaxy vs. New York (NBC Sports)
Sunday 10/7, 9:00pm – Seattle vs. Portland (ESPN)
Saturday 10/20, 7:30pm – Houston vs. Philadelphia (NBC Sports)
Sunday 10/21, 9:00pm – Seattle vs. Dallas (ESPN)
Saturday 10/27, 1:30pm – Philadelphia vs. New York (NBC)
Saturday 10/27, 4:00pm – Chicago vs. DC United (NBC Sports)
Saturday 10/27, 6:30pm – Portland vs. San Jose (NBC Sports)
Sunday 10/28, 9:00pm – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle (ESPN)

2012 Vancouver Whitecaps Schedule

Here is the 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps schedule. TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet One and Citytv Vancouver will all show games this season.

All times Pacific.

Saturday 3/10, 3:00pm – Vancouver vs. Montreal – TSN, RDS
Saturday 3/17, 7:30pm – Chivas USA vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Saturday 3/24, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. DC United – Sportsnet
Saturday 3/31, 1:00pm – Philadelphia vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet

Saturday 4/7, 4:00pm – San Jose vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Wednesday 4/18, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Kansas City – Sportsnet
Saturday 4/21, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Dallas – Sportsnet
Saturday 4/28, 4:30pm – Columbus vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet

Saturday 5/5, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. San Jose – Sportsnet
Saturday 5/12, 4:30pm – New England vs. Vancouver – SN1
Saturday 5/19, 2:00pm – Vancouver vs. San Jose – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 5/26, 7:00pm – Portland vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS2

Sunday 6/10, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. Houston – Sportsnet
Saturday 6/16, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. Colorado – SN1
Wednesday 6/20, 8:00pm – Vancouver vs. New York – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 6/23, 7:30pm – LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS

Wednesday 7/4, 6:30pm – Colorado vs. Vancouver – SN1
Saturday 7/7, 7:30pm – Chivas USA vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Wednesday 7/11, 4:00pm – Toronto vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS
Saturday 7/14, 5:30pm – Chicago vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Wednesday 7/18, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy – TSN2, RDS
Sunday 7/22, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. San Jose – Sportsnet
Friday 7/27, 6:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Vancouver – Citytv

Saturday 8/11, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. Salt Lake – Citytv
Wednesday 8/15, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Dallas – TSN, RDS
Saturday 8/18, 1:00pm – Seattle vs. Vancouver – TSN2, RDS
Saturday 8/25, 7:30pm – Portland vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet

Saturday 9/1, 7:00pm – LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver – TSN2, RDS2
Saturday 9/15, 5:30pm – Dallas vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Sunday 9/23, 4:30pm – Vancouver vs. Colorado – Sportsnet
Saturday 9/29, 6:00pm – Vancouver vs. Seattle – TSN2, RDS2

Wednesday 10/3, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Chivas USA – Sportsnet
Saturday 10/27, 6:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Vancouver – SN1

Sportsnet = Sportsnet Pacific
Citytv = Citytv Vancouver

2012 Montreal Impact TV Schedule

Here is the 2012 Montreal Impact TV schedule. RDS and TVA Sports will show games in French, while TSN and TSN2 will show games in English.

All times are eastern.

Saturday 3/10, 6:00pm – Vancouver vs. Montreal – RDS, TSN
Saturday 3/17, 2:00pm – Montreal vs. Chicago – RDS, TSN
Saturday 3/24, 4:00pm – Columbus vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 3/31, 4:00pm – New York vs. Montreal – RDS, TSN

Wednesday 4/4, 9:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 4/7, 12:00pm – Montreal vs. Toronto – RDS, TSN
Saturday 4/14, 8:30pm – Dallas vs. Montreal – TVA
Wednesday 4/18, 7:30pm – DC United vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 4/28, 2:00pm – Montreal vs. Portland – TVA

Saturday 5/5, 8:30pm – Kansas City vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 5/12, 4:00pm – Montreal vs. LA Galaxy – RDS, TSN
Saturday 5/19, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. New York – TVA
Saturday 5/26, 9:00pm – Colorado vs. Montreal – TVA

Saturday 6/16, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. Seattle – RDS, TSN2
Wednesday 6/20, 10:30pm – Chivas USA vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 6/23, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. Houston – TVA
Wednesday 6/27, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. Toronto – TVA
Saturday 6/30, 7:30pm – DC United vs. Montreal – TVA

Wednesday 7/4, 7:00pm – Montreal vs. Kansas City – RDS, TSN
Sunday 7/8, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. Columbus – TVA
Saturday 7/14, 7:00pm – Philadelphia vs. Montreal – TVA
Wednesday 7/18, 8:00pm – Montreal vs. New England – RDS, TSN2
Saturday 7/21, 8:30pm – Houston vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 7/28, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. New York – TVA

Saturday 8/4, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. Philadelphia – TVA
Sunday 8/12, 7:00pm – New England vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 8/18, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. San Jose – TVA
Saturday 8/25, 4:00pm – Montreal vs. DC United – RDS, TSN2

Saturday 9/1, 7:30pm – Columbus vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 9/15, 8:30pm – Chicago vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 9/22, 1:00pm – Montreal vs. Kansas City – RDS, TSN

Saturday 10/6, 8:30pm – Houston vs. Montreal – TVA
Saturday 10/20, 1:30pm – Toronto vs. Montreal – RDS, TSN
Saturday 10/27, 2:00pm – Montreal vs. New England – TVA

*Note: TVA means the cable channel TVA Sports, not the over-the-air channel TVA, in this schedule.

2012 Toronto FC TV Schedule

As promised, I will post the TV schedule for each Canadian MLS team today. First up is Toronto FC.

All times are Eastern.

Saturday 3/17, 10:00pm – Seattle vs. Toronto – SN1
Saturday 3/24, 1:00pm – Toronto vs. San Jose – TSN, RDS
Saturday 3/31, 2:00pm – Toronto vs. Columbus – TSN, RDS

Saturday 4/7, 12:00pm – Montreal vs. Toronto – TSN, RDS
Saturday 4/14, 4:30pm – Toronto vs. Chivas USA – GolTV
Saturday 4/21, 3:30pm – Toronto vs. Chicago – GolTV
Saturday 4/28, 9:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Toronto – GolTV

Saturday 5/5, 4:00pm – Toronto vs. DC United – SN Ontario
Saturday 5/19, 7:30pm – DC United vs. Toronto – TSN2
Saturday 5/26, 4:30pm – Toronto vs. Philadelphia – SN1

Saturday 6/16, 8:30pm – Kansas City vs. Toronto – GolTV
Wednesday 6/20, 9:00pm – Houston vs. Toronto – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 6/23, 4:30pm – Toronto vs. New England – GolTV
Wednesday 6/27, 7:30pm – Montreal vs. Toronto – TSN, RDS
Saturday 6/30, 7:00pm – Toronto vs. New York – SN Ontario, SN1

Wednesday 7/4, 9:00pm – Dallas vs. Toronto – TSN
Sunday 7/8, 4:00pm – Philadelphia vs. Toronto – TSN, RDS2
Wednesday 7/11, 7:00pm – Toronto vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS
Saturday 7/14, 7:30pm – New England vs. Toronto – TSN2
Wednesday 7/18, 7:00pm – Toronto vs. Colorado – SN Ontario, SN1
Saturday 7/28, 4:30pm – Toronto vs. Houston – GolTV

Saturday 8/4, 8:30pm – Chicago vs. Toronto – GolTV
Saturday 8/11, 7:30pm – Columbus vs. Toronto – GolTV
Wednesday 8/15, 7:30pm – Toronto vs. Portland – TSN, RDS
Saturday 8/18, 4:30pm – Toronto vs. Kansas City – GolTV
Saturday 8/25, 8:30pm – Houston vs. Toronto – TSN2

Saturday 9/1, 8:30pm – Kansas City vs. Toronto – SN1
Wednesday 9/12, 7:00pm – Toronto vs. Chicago – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 9/15, 1:00pm – Toronto vs. Philadelphia – TSN, RDS
Saturday 9/22, 10:30pm – LA Galaxy vs. Toronto – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 9/29, 7:00pm – New York vs. Toronto – GolTV

Saturday 10/6, 1:00pm – Toronto vs. DC United – TSN, RDS
Saturday 10/20, 1:30pm – Toronto vs. Montreal – TSN, RDS
Sunday 10/28, 4:00pm – Columbus vs. Toronto – TSN, RDS2

Sportsnet Announces 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps Coverage

Sportsnet released its 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps broadcast schedule this morning. Sportsnet will broadcast 22 games, including 16 on Sportsnet Pacific, 4 on Sportsnet One and 2 on Citytv Vancouver. Here is Sportsnet’s press release with more information.

Sportsnet continues to be home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC this season, featuring 22 regular season matches, more than any other broadcaster. Coverage kicks off on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 8:30 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet West as Vancouver visits Chivas USA.

Sportsnet’s Whitecaps FC broadcast schedule includes 16 games on Sportsnet Pacific, four games on Sportsnet ONE and two games on Citytv Vancouver. As announced earlier this year, Sportsnet named former Vancouver and national team goalkeeper Paul Dolan as the new analyst for its Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer match broadcasts. Dolan will join play-by-play announcer Craig MacEwen in the broadcast booth to call all of Sportsnet’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC telecasts for the 2012 season, and will appear as a soccer analyst on Connected with Don Taylor on Sportsnet Pacific.

“Canada is a passionate soccer country and we’re thrilled to fuel fans with our extensive Whitecaps FC coverage this season,” said Rob Corte, Vice President of Production, Sportsnet. “We’ve made a strong off-season addition to our broadcast team in Paul Dolan, and look forward to an exciting season and delivering viewers premium Whitecaps FC broadcasts.”

“We are excited to kick off our second season in Major League Soccer with Sportsnet as our official regional broadcast partner,” said Rachel Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Whitecaps FC. “In addition to the first class experience Sportsnet provides during broadcasts, they will continue to offer extensive coverage online and will remain a great resource for ‘Caps fans.”

Later this week I’ll post a team-by-team Canadian MLS TV schedule.