MLS 2013 schedule announced

MLS released the complete 2013 schedule this morning (along with the official release of the Fire's fixture list).  The league has partnered with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, NBC, NBC Sports Network, Univision and UniMás in the United States to broadcast matches on a national level.  The Fire will have 16 of their 34 games televised via one of the aforementioned outlets.  The local broadcast schedule is forthcoming and will hopefully be completed in a more timely manner than it has in the past.

It looks like the league made a conscious effort to limit mid-week games, with the Fire only playing three Wednesday matches this upcoming season.  The Fire opener in Los Angeles will be televised by Univision at 4:00 CDT.

 

 

Filed under: 2013 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • 8 days, 57 minutes, 9 seconds until players report to training. I can't wait to get this season going!

  • Who is Unimas in Chicago? I'm hoping i have it unlike 5.2. On a different note it's a pity Chicago didn't do yet another DP deal with Seattle for Montero. I think we would be set.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Unimas is the rebranded Telefutura.

  • In reply to Celt:

    What do you mean "unlike 5.2"? NBC 5.2 is free, over the air and all of the cable companies in the area should have it as part of the basic package.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    when i was living in chicago last year i had dish and didn't have nbc 5.2, for whatever that's worth...

  • In reply to Drew:

    Not sure if you're still in the Chicagoland area, Drew but if you invest around $5-$15 at Best Buy you can get a cheap RCA antenna that'll give you over-the-air HD feeds for NBC 5.2 to watch those games. I broke down and ended up getting one last season just for that. The added bonus? 3 different "MeTV" stations via Channels 26.2-26.4! All the 60's Batman, Hogan's Heroes and I Dream of Jeannie that a man could ask for!

  • Wow. The end of the season schedule is a killer. 3 of the last 4 games (and 6 of the last 9) are on the road.

  • Thanks .That I have, praise be to the gods.

  • Really like the look of the schedule overall. Toronto notwithstanding.

  • I see the Fire just reacquired Diego Gutierrez. Was thinking about the draft coming up. Looks like the Fire really needs to score a finisher up top. At 13th overall, it seems to me that might be a bit of a stretch, but they might get lucky. If they get to their pick and there isn't a good enough forward available, to which position would they likely look next?

  • In reply to Arklow:

    They're at 11th overall. They've picked the best player available regardless of position over the last few years and that has worked out for them. There is a need for depth on the backline and depth on the wings ahead of striker imo. The best strikers will likely go early, although Will Bruin was selected 11th by Houston two years ago.

  • Oops! Nix that comment about Gutierrez...... My mistake.

  • What happened to the Fire's 2nd round pick? I looked at mlssoccer's draft order and it didn't have any footnote about it in the 2nd round.

    When did the league go to just 2 rounds? I'd be interested as to why they are doing this as there are often good players picked in the old rounds 3-4. Those unpicked players become free agents I suppose?

  • In reply to Drew:

    The pick was traded to Colorado for Wells Thompson.

    I think you're referring to the supplemental draft, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as third and fourth rounds. There are 4 more rounds in that draft to be held on Jan 22.

    The Fire have 3 picks in the supplemental draft.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I thought the first part of the draft used to be 4 rounds, then there was the supplemental draft.

    Thanks for the info re the 2nd round pick.

  • In reply to Drew:

    It was but it's changed over the last few years to the current format.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Cool, thanks. Obviously I'm a bit behind on my superdraft news!

  • I notice there are quite a few home grown players being plucked out of the draft and others for whom claims have been lodged but denied. Where are the college players the Fire has claims on? It would seem our development program which we have heard about for years has less results than Seattle, who just claimed a player out of Akron as home grown. Houston, DC, Revs and others have all removed players from the draft.

  • In reply to Celt:

    On my list of queries....

  • In reply to Celt:

    Many of the college players the Fire has homegrown rights to play for the Fire PDL. They recently switched the format of the team to focus on Fire homegrown players. The team isn't as good as it was, but this way we stop losing PDL players to the draft.

  • Wait, we gave up a 2nd round pick for Wells Thompson? I know draft picks aren't as important in MLS as say the NFL...but still, we got fleeced on that one. They probably would have cut Thompson at some point anyway had they waited.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    I had the same thought. I don't love that deal either.

  • So, Guillermo...Flaco...HE GONE!??!?! Did the Fire just get Ljungberg'd by the Sounders again?!?!?!?!

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