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  • • 2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes
    The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final. On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Dep...
  • • 5 things we learned from MLS Cup 2017
    Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017. 1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled. The game might have hung in the balance until second ha...
  • • Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto
    Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto. Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-h...
  • • MLS audience jumps 38% for MLS Cup Playoffs across ESPN and ESPN2
    Buoyed by the increased interest in watching MLS games because of the Columbus Crew controversy, ESPN’s audience for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs is up 38 percent entering this weekend’s MLS Cup Final. The seven playoff matches on ESPN and ESPN2 to date have delivered an average audience of 343,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, up from 24...
  • • Watch Taylor Twellman’s short-sighted defense of MLS TV ratings [VIDEO]
    In a recent speech at The Future of Soccer symposium, ESPN analyst and co-commentator Taylor Twellman went on a rant by using select metrics to defend his case that MLS TV viewing numbers aren’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be. If you take Twellman’s words in isolation (see video below), you would walk away believing that MLS TV...
  • • 10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals
    Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals. 1. Toronto Loses Its Cool Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid. Whatever the particulars of the tunnel incident with Sacha Kljestan were, Altidore was so easily wound...
  • • 10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Wild Card games
    Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Wild Card games. 1. Glory To Columbus No one gave Columbus much of a chance on Thursday night in Atlanta. But thanks first and foremost to a stupendous performance from young goalkeeper Zach Steffan, the Crew held the high-flying MLS debutants off for 120 minutes and then knocked them out 3-1 on ...
  • • Don’t miss Kartik Krishnaiyer’s ‘US Soccer In Crisis’ video broadcast
    On the topic of the current US soccer crisis, Kartik Krishnaiyer will be presenting a special video broadcast at 3pm ET/Noon PT today (Monday, October 23, 2017) on Facebook Live. The video broadcast will be streamed live on this webpage as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/worldsoccertalk. Additionally, for those who may miss the live broadcast, ...
  • • 2017 MLS regular season average attendance finishes 2% higher than 2016
    Attendances at MLS games for the 2017 regular season grew by 1.95% compared to last year, according to reported (not actual) numbers. The final average attendance for MLS 2017 regular season was 22,112. In the final week of the 2017 MLS season on Sunday, Atlanta set the all time standalone match attendance, 71,874, beating its own record set earlie...
  • • 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 33 of the 2017 season
    Here are the ten things we learned from Week 33 of the 2017 MLS season. 1. San Jose Sneaks In, Ignominy for Dallas There was only one playoff spot up for grabs on the season’s final day: the Western Conference’s sixth and final seed. San Jose, by virtue of its wins tiebreaker over FC Dallas and point advantage over Real Salt Lake, held ...
  • • MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season
    Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102. On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC. Orlando City’s decrease, meanwhile, is due to its new stadium with a sma...
  • • 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 32 of the 2017 season
    Here are the ten things we learned from Week 32 of the 2017 MLS season. 1. What Is MLS’s Role In The USMNT’S World Cup Failure? It’s huge. Whether you think MLS is an underlying cause of the U.S.’s failure to get the 2018 World Cup, there’s no denying this: MLS played a bigger role in this edition of the USMNT than any...
  • • Why Tata Martino should be hired as Bruce Arena’s replacement for USMNT
    With Bruce Arena announcing that he has stepped down as US Men’s National Team coach, now is the time for the US to start looking for a permanent new manager. They need someone who can get them back on track and start winning games again and get the US to the World Cup in 2022 and quite honestly they need someone who can do it with some sizzl...
  • • MLS cannot escape blame for US implosion in World Cup qualifying
    The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a devastating blow for the sport in this country, but it’s also a clear reflection of how much of a damaging effect the top-flight league has had on the national team in the last number of years. Coached by Bruce Arena, who has never coached a professional club team ou...
  • • MLS attendances through gameweek 30 of the 2017 season
    In the latest reported attendance numbers for MLS, the league is averaging 21,781 this season, which is up 1.26% compared to 2016. For Columbus Crew, who have concluded their home schedule of fixtures, the club’s average attendance dropped 9.84% compared to last season. Meanwhile, Atlanta United and Seattle both have two home matches remainin...

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