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Michael Lewis


May 8, 2011
MLS misses the boat with Red Bulls-Galaxy

By Michael Lewis Editor

It was as good as it gets during the MLS season on Saturday.

Stars -- legitimate stars. The highest-paid players in the league.

Attacking soccer.

Entertaining soccer.

Yet, the marquee match of the young MLS season was shown at 11 p.m. ET on a Saturday night. That's an 8 p.m. PT start, which is pretty late.

While many of the Red Bulls faithful stayed up into the wee hours of Sunday morning to watch their heroes battle the Red Bulls battle the LA Galaxy to a 1-1 draw at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., I do know there were some who did not watch the game live on TV.

Some of them planned to watch the match on Sunday.

The game should have been scheduled either for 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. PT. It could have gotten a larger audience.

MLS TV ratings aren't exactly going through the roof these days and a game of that caliber that included the likes of Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, Landon Donovan and David Beckham deserved to be seen by a larger audience.

Games and opportunities like this don't come by very often.

The next -- and only other time -- the teams will meet will come Aug. 28 at Red Bull Arena.

Who knows if all of the stars will be healthy and whether they can duplicate the magic that occured at the HDC.

Saturday night was just another opportunity missed by MLS.

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