With the MLS season up and running again it is clear that its popularity is going to continue to grow with exciting new additions to the league, such as former world cup winners David Villa (Spain) and Kaka (Brazil). Add to that England favorites Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and it is evident why Sky have finally made the decision to purchase the rights to show MLS games on their sports channels.
The amount paid for the four year exclusive deal are yet to be confirmed but the deal would not have come cheap with BT and Sentanta Sports also competing for the rights. This transaction from Sky mirrors what they had previously done when they increased their coverage of La Liga matches when David Beckham first moved over to Spain. The former L.A Galaxy player spoke to the press this week about Sky’s acquisition, expressing his personal delight with the news: ”This is another important moment that shows the continued growth of MLS. I have seen first hand how popular soccer has become in America. Having fantastic partners such as Sky Sports on board will not only add to the coverage of the game, it will also broaden its appeal outside of the US.
The increased exposure of American soccer to UK football fans will no doubt have a profound effect, not only in the number of fans following MLS teams but also on the number of youth players looking at the opportunity of pursuing soccer scholarships. With more money being injected into soccer at the highest level this will over time be filtered down into college teams, as they essentially act the same way as academies do for professional clubs in the UK. At U.S Soccer Scholarships we expect the demand for scholarships at colleges and junior colleges to soar and that is why we are continuing to expand our team throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. So if you are currently playing in the U.K and think you have the academic and playing abilities to earn a scholarship in America, then please fill in our free online application and we can then arrange for one of our representatives to come and watch you in person to see if you have what it takes to live the American dream.
U.S Soccer Scholarships Team