MLS 2012 kicks off coverage with FC Dallas vs New York on NBC Sports

MLS Sporting KC's CJ Sapong

L-R: Ethan White (DC United), C.J. Sapong (Sporting KC)

* The MLS 2012 season kicks off this weekend, with five games on Saturday, March 10. Television coverage begins on Sunday, March 11, when NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) airs FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls at 3pm. Galavision will air Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo on Sunday at 7pm, and ESPN2 picks up MLS coverage on Monday, March 12 with Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union at 9:30p.

For some terrific season insights, be sure to check out Grant Wahl’s excellent – and concise – MLS 2012 preview. By the way folks, if you love soccer and you’re not following this guy’s stuff, you probably ought to be publicly shamed.

Click here to see the full MLS 2012 television schedule.

* Lionel Messi – the best ever? (Psst… the answer is YES. Feel free to disagree below, but it won’t make you any less wrong.)

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Where to watch the best soccer games on US television networks. All times Eastern.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aAustralian A-LeagueWellington Phoenix vs. Gold Coast UnitedFox SoccerReplay
3:00aUEFA Europa LeagueAtletico Madrid vs. BesiktasGolTVReplay
4:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWigan Athletic vs. Aston VillaFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00aEnglish npower ChampionshipCardiff City vs. West Ham UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00aUEFA Champions LeagueApoel vs. Olympique LyonnaisFox SoccerReplay
11:00aEnglish Premier LeagueFulham vs. WolverhamptonFox Soccer PlusReplay
2:00pUEFA Europa LeagueManchester United vs. Athletic BilbaoGolTVReplay
2:25pGerman BundesligaVfB Stuttgart vs. KaiserslauternESPN DeportesLive
2:30pItalian Serie AChievo vs. Inter MilanFox Soccer, ESPN3Live
2:45pItalian Serie ANapoli vs. CagliariESPN3Live
5:30pThe FA Classic CollectionManchester United vs. West Ham UnitedFox SoccerReplay
7:30pUEFA Europa LeagueManchester United vs. Athletic BilbaoGolTVReplay
8:00pItalian Serie AChievo vs. Inter MilanFox SoccerReplay
9:30pMexican SoccerCorrecaminos UAT vs. AltamiraGolTVLive
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueArsenal vs. AC MilanFox SoccerReplay

 
SATURDAY, MARCH 10

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueBenfica vs. Zenit St PetersburgFox SoccerReplay
3:00aMexican SoccerCorrecaminos UAT vs. AltamiraGolTVReplay
6:00aUEFA Champions LeagueArsenal vs. AC MilanFox Soccer PlusReplay
7:30aEnglish Premier LeagueBolton Wanderers vs. Queens Park RangersESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3Live
9:30aUEFA Europa LeagueManchester United vs. Athletic BilbaoGolTVReplay
9:45aGerman BundesligaBayern Munich vs. 1899 HoffenheimESPN DeportesLive
10:00aEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Stoke CityFox SoccerLive
10:00aEnglish Premier LeagueSunderland vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusLive
12:15pEnglish npower ChampionshipBristol City vs. Cardiff CityFox Soccer PlusLive
12:30pEnglish Premier LeagueEverton vs. Tottenham HotspurFox SoccerLive
12:30pGerman BundesligaAugsburg vs. Borussia DortmundGolTVLive
2:00pSpanish Primera DivisionSporting Gijon vs. SevillaESPN Deportes, ESPN3Live
2:30pEnglish Premier LeagueWolverhampton vs. BlackburnFox Soccer PlusTaped
2:30pSpanish Primera DivisionMalaga vs. LevanteGolTVSame-day Tape
2:45pItalian Serie APalermo vs. AS RomaESPN3Live
3:15pPortuguese LigaFC Porto vs. Academica de CoimbraESPN3Live
3:55pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Betis vs. Real MadridESPN DeportesLive
4:30pEnglish npower ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion vs. PortsmouthFox Soccer PlusTaped
4:30pBrazilian SoccerCorinthians vs. GuaraniGolTVLive
5:00pEnglish Premier LeagueAston Villa vs. FulhamFox SoccerTaped
5:55pMexican Primera DivisionJaguares de Chiapas vs. Tigres U.A.N.L.ESPN DeportesLive
5:55pMexican Primera DivisionMonterrey vs. QueretaroTelefuturaLive
6:30pEnglish Premier LeagueSunderland vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
6:30pArgentine Soccer: B NacionalDefensa y Justicia vs. River PlateGolTVLive
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Stoke CityFox SoccerReplay
8:00pMexican Primera DivisionChivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruz AzulTelemundoLive
8:00pMexican Primera DivisionSantos vs. PueblaTelefuturaLive
8:30pGerman BundesligaAugsburg vs. Borussia DortmundGolTVReplay
9:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipBristol City vs. Cardiff CityFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Betis vs. Real MadridESPN DeportesReplay
9:30pMexican Primera DivisionSan Luis vs. PachucaGalavisionLive
10:00pMexican Primera DivisionAtlante vs. AtlasTelefuturaLive
10:30pSpanish Primera DivisionMalaga vs. LevanteGolTVReplay

 
SUNDAY, MARCH 11

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWolverhampton vs. BlackburnFox Soccer PlusReplay
1:00aAustralian A-LeagueBrisbane Roar vs. Adelaide UnitedFox SoccerLive
4:00aArgentine Soccer: B NacionalDefensa y Justicia vs. River PlateGolTVReplay
7:25aDutch EredivisieNAC Breda vs. PSV EindhovenESPN DeportesLive
8:00aEnglish Premier LeagueSunderland vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00aEnglish Premier LeagueManchester United vs. West Bromwich AlbionFox SoccerLive
10:00aEnglish Premier LeagueSwansea City vs. Manchester CityFox Soccer PlusLive
10:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. LecceESPN3Live
10:00aItalian Serie AGenoa vs. JuventusESPN3Live
10:30aGerman BundesligaWerder Bremen vs. Hannover 96GolTVLive
10:50aSpanish Primera DivisionValencia vs. MallorcaESPN Deportes, ESPN3Live
12:00pItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. LecceFox SoccerTaped
12:00pEnglish Premier LeagueNorwich City vs. WiganFox Soccer PlusLive
1:00pSpanish Primera DivisionRacing Santander vs. BarcelonaGolTVLive
2:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipMiddlesbrough vs. Leeds UnitedFox Soccer PlusTaped
2:00pMexican Primera DivisionPumas U.N.A.M. vs. Estudiantes Tecos de U.A. de G.UnivisionLive
2:55pBrazilian SoccerBotafogo-SP vs. PalmeirasESPN DeportesLive
3:00pMLS SoccerFC Dallas vs. New York Red BullsNBC Sports NetLive
3:30pItalian Serie ALazio vs. BolognaFox Soccer, ESPN3Live
3:45pItalian Serie ANovara vs. UdineseESPN3Live
3:55pFrench Ligue 1Montpellier Herault SC vs. SM CaenFox Soccer PlusLive
4:30pSpanish Primera DivisionOsasuna vs. Athletic BilbaoGolTVLive
5:00pMexican Primera DivisionJaguares de Chiapas vs. Tigres U.A.N.L.ESPN DeportesReplay
6:00pEnglish Premier LeagueSwansea City vs. Manchester CityFox SoccerTaped
6:30pArgentine SoccerBoca Juniors vs. IndependienteGolTVLive
8:00pItalian Serie ANovara vs. UdineseFox Soccer PlusTaped
9:00pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Betis vs. Real MadridESPN DeportesReplay
10:00pSpanish Primera DivisionRacing Santander vs. BarcelonaGolTVReplay
11:00pEnglish Premier LeagueManchester United vs. West Bromwich AlbionFox SoccerReplay

 
MONDAY, MARCH 12

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aAustralian A-LeagueBrisbane Roar vs. Adelaide UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00aArgentine SoccerBoca Juniors vs. IndependienteGolTVReplay
3:00aItalian Serie ALazio vs. BolognaFox SoccerReplay
3:00aSpanish Primera DivisionOsasuna vs. Athletic BilbaoGolTVReplay
4:00aItalian Serie ANovara vs. UdineseFox Soccer PlusReplay
4:00aSpanish Primera DivisionValencia vs. MallorcaESPN DeportesReplay
9:00aAustralian A-LeagueBrisbane Roar vs. Adelaide UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00aFrench Ligue 1Montpellier Herault SC vs. SM CaenFox Soccer PlusReplay
1:00pAustralian A-LeagueBrisbane Roar vs. Adelaide UnitedFox SoccerReplay
1:00pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Betis vs. Real MadridESPN DeportesReplay
1:00pArgentine SoccerBoca Juniors vs. IndependienteGolTVReplay
3:00pItalian Serie AChievo vs. Inter MilanFox SoccerReplay
3:00pGerman BundesligaAugsburg vs. Borussia DortmundGolTVReplay
3:55pEnglish Premier LeagueArsenal vs. NewcastleESPN2, ESPN DeportesLive
5:00pEnglish Premier LeagueManchester United vs. West BromFox SoccerReplay
5:00pItalian Serie ANovara vs. UdineseFox Soccer PlusReplay
5:00pSpanish Primera DivisionRacing Santander vs. BarcelonaGolTVReplay
7:00pMLS SoccerChivas USA vs. Houston DynamoGalavisionLive
7:30pThe FA Classic Collection: 1999/00Newcastle United vs. Tottenham HotspurFox SoccerReplay
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueEverton vs. Tottenham HotspurFox SoccerReplay
9:00pEnglish Premier LeagueSunderland vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:30pMLS SoccerPortland Timbers vs. Philadelphia UnionESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3Live
11:00pEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Stoke CityFox SoccerReplay

 
TUESDAY, MARCH 13

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
3:00aGerman BundesligaWerder Bremen vs. Hannover 96GolTVReplay
4:00aEnglish npower ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion vs. PortsmouthFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00aEnglish npower ChampionshipBristol City vs. Cardiff CityFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00aEnglish Premier LeagueSunderland vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00pEnglish Premier LeagueAston Villa vs. FulhamFox SoccerReplay
1:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipMiddlesbrough vs. Leeds UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pSpanish Primera DivisionOsasuna vs. Athletic BilbaoGolTVReplay
3:30pUEFA Champions LeagueInter Milan vs. MarseilleFox SoccerLive
3:30pUEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich vs. FC BaselFox Soccer PlusLive
3:55pEnglish Premier LeagueLiverpool vs. EvertonESPN DeportesTaped
5:00pAC Milan ChannelAC Milan vs. LecceGolTVReplay
6:00pUEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich vs. FC BaselFox SoccerReplay
6:00pUEFA Champions LeagueInter Milan vs. MarseilleFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00pUEFA Champions LeagueInter Milan vs. MarseilleFox SoccerReplay
8:30pUEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich vs. FC BaselFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeagueMonterrey vs. Monarcas MoreliaGalavisionLive
11:30pUEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich vs. FC BaselFox SoccerReplay

 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aUEFA Champions LeagueInter Milan vs. MarseilleFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. LecceFox SoccerReplay
4:00aAustralian A-LeagueBrisbane Roar vs. Adelaide UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWolverhampton vs. BlackburnFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00aUEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich vs. FC BaselFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00pUEFA Champions LeagueInter Milan vs. MarseilleFox SoccerReplay
1:00pFrench Ligue 1Montpellier Herault SC vs. SM CaenFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pBrazilian SoccerCorinthians vs. GuaraniGolTVReplay
3:30pUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC vs. SSC NapoliFox SoccerLive
3:30pUEFA Champions LeagueReal Madrid vs. CSKA MoskvaFox Soccer PlusLive
5:00pArgentine SoccerBoca Juniors vs. IndependienteGolTVReplay
6:00pUEFA Champions LeagueReal Madrid vs. CSKA MoskvaFox SoccerReplay
6:00pUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC vs. SSC NapoliFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00pCONCACAF Champions League: Quarterfinal, Leg 2Santos Laguna vs. SeattleFox Soccer, TelefuturaLive
8:00pSpanish Primera DivisionRacing Santander vs. BarcelonaGolTVReplay
8:30pUEFA Champions LeagueReal Madrid vs. CSKA MoskvaFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00pCONCACAF Champions League: Quarterfinal, Leg 2Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Toronto FCFox Soccer, TelefuturaLive

 
THURSDAY, MARCH 15

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC vs. SSC NapoliFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00aCONCACAF Champions League: Quarterfinal, Leg 2Santos Laguna vs. SeattleFox SoccerReplay
3:00aBrazilian SoccerCorinthians vs. GuaraniGolTVReplay
4:00aItalian Serie ANovara vs. UdineseFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00aItalian Serie ANovara vs. UdineseFox Soccer PlusReplay
11:00aUEFA Champions LeagueInter Milan vs. MarseilleFox Soccer PlusReplay
1:00pUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC vs. SSC NapoliFox Soccer PlusReplay
2:00pUEFA Europa LeagueAthletic Bilbao vs. Manchester UnitedGolTVLive
3:00pCONCACAF Champions League: Quarterfinal, Leg 2Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Toronto FCFox SoccerReplay
4:00pUEFA Europa LeagueManchester City vs. Sporting LisbonGolTVLive
5:00pUEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich vs. FC BaselFox SoccerReplay
5:00pEnglish npower ChampionshipBristol City vs. Cardiff CityFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00pUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC vs. SSC NapoliFox SoccerReplay
9:00pEnglish Premier LeagueWolverhampton vs. BlackburnFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeaguePumas vs. Isidro MetapanGalavisionLive
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueReal Madrid vs. CSKA MoskvaFox SoccerReplay

 
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