This weekend you can experience MLS Live, the league's online streaming match service, and MLS' long-running TV package, Direct Kick, for free.
Take a look at this weekend's schedule of games and head to over MLS Live to register for the free preview. Please note that the usual blackout policies may apply. And if you are an iPhone or iPad user download MatchDay 2012 from the iTunes store, where it is currently a featured app, for viewing on the go.
Since FC Dallas doesn't play until Sunday, why not check out what the other squads around the league are up to?
FC Dallas and U.S. Men’s National team midfielder Brek Shea is giving away this original painting celebrating 2012 First Kick and his autographed game-worn boots from this Sunday's game.
The winner must be present at the March 11th game vs. New York Red Bulls here at FC Dallas Stadium where the winner will be announced at halftime. Shea will meet the prize winner in the WinStar River Club following the match to hand over the artwork and his boots.
Shea is running the contest through his Left Foot Studio website and to be eligible fans to follow him and the studio on Twitter to enter. The official entry form is here.
Captain Ugo Ihemelu appeared on NBC Sports Talk on Thursday to discuss the upcoming season and Sunday's First Kick game.
FCD midfielder Brek Shea will be on hand to meet fans, answer questions and sign autographs Friday evening at the Dick's Sporting Goods in Frisco from 6-7 pm.
His appearance is part of the MLSSoccer.com First Kick Road Show. Nick Firchau and Temryss Lane will host the event, beginning with a sit-down interview with Shea at 6:05 p.m., followed by a live Q&A with fans inside the store at 6:15 p.m.
The hosts will hand out door prizes by random drawing at 6:30 p.m., with Shea signing autographs for fans at 6:40 p.m.
Wednesday was FC Dallas Media Day in downtown Dallas. The event was held a the Old No. 7 Club inside American Airlines Center. Lots of Dallas-area media turned out to interview players and play some Budweiser Poolball. Poolball will be in the Budweiser Beer Garden at all FCD home games.
Brek Shea is prominently featured in a USA Today story discussing the rise of young stars in MLS. New York Red Bulls player Juan Agudelo is the other player discussed. Both, of course, will be on the pitch this Sunday for First Kick at FC Dallas Stadium. Read the whole story, but here's an excerpt:
FC Dallas players Daniel Hernandez, Kevin Hartman, Matt Hedges and Jonathan Top along with FC Dallas president Doug Quinn officially unveiled new FCD-themed reading rooms Tuesday at the McMillan Center in West Dallas.
The FC Dallas Foundation and MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, teamed up with West Dallas Community Centers to beautify two reading rooms inside the McMillan Center.
Players read books donated by the National Education Association (NEA), on behalf of Read Across America Day (March 2), and signed autographs. It was a great way for FC Dallas to give back and to help kick off the 2012 MLS season.
MLSSoccer.com rolled out its second Power Rankings of 2012 - this batch after preseason and ahead of First Kick. FC Dallas remained steady at No. 11 according to the nameless people(s) who do this:
Dallas are still undergoing a transformation, and there are still a ton of questions to be answered. Who's going to play right midfield? Will David Ferreira be fit and healthy enough to make an impact right away? How many miles are left on Daniel Hernandez's legs? At least, with George John's return, the defense is back and deeper than last season.