However, at the moment, no standard outlet in the Washington area is scheduled to carry Friday night’s game at Sporting Kansas City or the following match, April 13 against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium.
Comcast SportsNet, United’s local partner for all but one of the previous 17 seasons, is planning to show a college baseball game between Florida State and Miami this Friday evening.
Although it remains unclear whether the Kansas City match will ultimately appear on local flat-screens, United and Comcast seem headed toward an agreement. Neither side has been willing to comment on negotiations, but from what I can tell, the prolonged process is nearing its end.
Earlier this spring, United officials said they were talking with multiple outlets and looking to arrange non-match programming, such as a coach’s show, in addition to live game coverage.
United and Chivas USA are the only U.S.-based MLS clubs not to announce local TV packages.
*Why was the Kansas City game scheduled for a Friday instead of a typical Saturday?
As a Sporting K.C. spokesman explained to me, “We had three Friday night games last season and all three sold out way ahead of the date, including our all-time stadium high. Seems like there could be more of a niche for soccer on Friday nights as sports competition is less. This season we will also have three home Friday games.”
*After making his season debut against Columbus, entering for Rafael in the 70th minute, midfielder Lewis Neal (adductor injury) is out again. He has missed several recent practices and appears unlikely to travel for Friday’s match.
*Looking ahead to Friday, United has lost its previous two matches at Sporting Park and is 0-4-3 in its past seven appearances in Kansas City. United’s last victory was July 4, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium — a 1-0 victory on Luciano Emilio‘s 44th-minute goal. The all-time regular season series between the clubs: 18-18-9.
*The Richmond Kickers, United’s third-division affiliate, will play their USL Pro opener at home Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
United’s Conor Shanosky, Taylor Kemp, Casey Townsend and Michael Seaton are on loan to the Kickers, although all remain eligible for MLS competition, if needed by the big club. Seaton is currently with Jamaica’s under-17 national team ahead of CONCACAF’s U-17 World Cup qualifying tournament, April 6-19 in Panama.
*Dwayne De Rosario was part of United’s delegation Monday at the White House Easter Egg Hunt on the South Lawn. His tweeted photo can be seen here.