Greetings from Montreal. I understand a baseball team once played here. No sign of Expos or Nationals garb anywhere.
My D.C. United preview story today centers around Marcelo Saragosa, the Brazilian midfielder who has had a devil of a time cracking the lineup but performed admirably when called upon Wednesday and seems likely to start again this afternoon (4 p.m. ET) against the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium.
There is no standard TV coverage in the Washington area. The match is available on the Direct Kick pay package (except DISH Network) and MLS Live mobile platform. Wednesday’s game against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium is a Galavision exclusive. (Comcast SportsNet will carry the Redskins-Buccaneers preseason game — RGIII, even in preseason, gets the ratings, DCU does not.) Seven of the final eight regular season matches will have regular live coverage on various outlets.
The temperature today in Montreal is going to hit 88 degrees — 10 degrees higher than Washington. (How’s that work?)
Road trip shout-outs to Porter Airlines, which flies direct from Washington Dulles into Toronto’s City Airport on the islands just off downtown and then offers connections throughout Canada (my first time); and to L’Express, a classic French bistro on Rue Saint-Denis (second time).
Meantime, back in the States, the first big local men’s college soccer match of the season went into extra time at Maryland SoccerPlex, with Georgetown defeating Virginia, 2-1, on an own goal.
And congratulations to Kenny Arena, the 31-year-old son of Bruce Arena and a former Oakton High, UVA and MLS player, who won his head coaching debut as Florida International defeated Bryant, 2-0.