“Soccer Night in America” to Debut Friday

Fox Soccer will unveil its upgraded, HD coverage of Major League Soccer this Friday, when it broadcasts the Portland Timbers versus the Philadelphia Union live from Portland’s JELD-WEN Field (10:30, EST).

The new telecast’s name is lifted from “Hockey Night in Canada” (just as ABC/ ESPN borrowed it for U.S. baseball telecasts), but we’re just gonna let that slide.

The program will feature state-of-the-art graphics, a redesigned set and slow-motion camera technology. The new graphics, according to the MLS site, “incorporates Vizrt technology, which provides digital, real-time 3D and virtual graphic displays, and super slow-motion cameras in match telecasts.”

They definitely picked an excellent venue for the new program’s opener, as the atmosphere at JELD-WEN is second to none, anywhere in the world. But we’re not sure about the Timbers’ opponent for the night. The Union are one of the better teams in the league this season, results-wise, but they play a grind-it-out, defensive style that tends to produce 1–0 and 0–0, ratings-killing games.

But who knows, maybe Sebastien Le Toux’s first goal of the season last week will open the floodgates for him and spark the Union ‘O’ in general, and we’ll get a goalfest for the SNIA debut.

Read more about it here, and here.

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