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TSN announces 90-game national MLS broadcast schedule

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TSN.ca Staff
2/10/2014 2:03:48 PM
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As the home of soccer and the official broadcaster of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Canada, TSN on Monday announced its 90-game national broadcast package that includes 65 games featuring at least one Canadian team – Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, or Vancouver Whitecaps FC (see attached or visit TSN.ca for a complete schedule).

New this season, TSN is set to deliver unprecedented access to Whitecaps FC as the network becomes the exclusive home of the team.

In total, TSN's 90-game regular season broadcast schedule features:
• All 34 Whitecaps FC matches
• 23 TFC matches
• 12 Impact matches
• 25 matches featuring U.S.-based teams

The network's national broadcast package is complemented by exclusive Canadian coverage of the MLS CUP Playoffs, MLS CUP 2014, and the 2014 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.

MLS ON TSN's coverage is led by acclaimed commentators Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack. Also handling MLS ON TSN broadcasting duties this season are Vic Rauter, Nigel Reed, and Greg Sutton.

"As the official broadcaster of MLS and the new home of Whitecaps FC, we're proud to bring fans more games than ever before," said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN. "With the incredibly passionate Whitecaps fan base, the Impact coming off a playoff run, and franchise players like Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley headlining TFC, we're anticipating the league's biggest season yet."

MLS ON TSN kicks off Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET with Whitecaps FC's home opener at BC Place vs. New York Red Bulls.

Fans can watch the MLS debut of former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. striker Jermain Defoe live on TSN during TFC's season opener against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The following week, TSN captures Defoe's first game at BMO Field in Toronto during TFC's home opener vs. D.C. United on Saturday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Throughout the season, TSN Radio stations across the country deliver extensive coverage of MLS. Live game coverage is also available on the following stations:
• TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto – select TFC matches
• TSN Radio 690 in Montreal – all Impact matches
• TEAM 1410 in Vancouver – all Whitecaps FC matches

For news and analysis from around the league, fans can:
• Follow @lukewileman, @jasondevos, and @kristianjack on Twitter
• Tune in to the weekly TSN FC podcast on TSN.ca and iTunes 
• Visit TSN.ca for soccer columns by Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack, as well as TSN soccer experts Noel Butler and Gareth Wheeler

MLS on RDS
As the official French-language broadcaster of MLS in Canada, RDS will broadcast more than 30 games, highlighted by 13 matches featuring Montreal Impact – including the team's home opener vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Olympic Stadium on Saturday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Once again, RDS's MLS coverage will be led by play-by-play commentators Claudine Douville and Jean Gounelle, hosts Michel Y. Lacroix and François-Etienne Corbin, plus analyst Patrick Leduc.

Whitecaps celebrate (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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