What the new MLS schedule means for you, the NBC/NBCSN viewer

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Along with the full schedule, Major League Soccer’s given us the lowdown on which games will be on national television. Us being part of the NBC Sports Group, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight what NBC and NBC Sports Network have in store for 2013.

This season, NBC will have another 41 regular season games (three NBC, 38 NBCSN) brought to you by the same team: Arlo White will be back as the play-by-play man; Kyle Martino will be between the benches; while Ross Thaler will return as your host.

The broadcast season begins opening night on NBCSN with a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference final – Houston Dynamo hosting D.C. United on March 2.

The first NBC broadcast will kickoff Rivalry Week when the New York Red Bulls welcome D.C. United to Red Bull Arena on March 16, the first three MLS matches the NBC network will broadcast that Saturday. Sporting KC-Chicago and Seattle-Portland follow on NBCSN.

The entire NBC/NBCSN schedule is attached, though you may want to bookmark this page. That gives you all the details.

NBC SPORTS GROUP 2013 MLS SCHEDULE:

Date Away Home Times ET Network

Sat. Mar. 2 D.C. United Houston 8 PM NBCSN

Sun. Mar. 9 New England Chicago 7:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 16 D.C. United New York 12:30 PM NBC

Sat. Mar. 16 Chicago Kansas City 3 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 16 Portland Seattle TBD NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 23 Columbus D.C. United 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 30 Philadelphia New York 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 6 Real Salt Lake Colorado 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 13 LA Galaxy Dallas 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. Apr. 14 San Jose Portland 10:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 20 Kansas City LA Galaxy 10:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 27 Chicago Montreal 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. May 4 New York Columbus 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. May 11 Philadelphia Chicago 1:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. May 26 Houston Kansas City 3:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. June 2 LA Galaxy New England 4 PM NBCSN

Sun. June 23 Colorado Portland 7 PM NBCSN

Sat. June 29 Dallas Philadelphia 5:30 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 6 Seattle Vancouver 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 13 LA Galaxy Portland 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 20 Colorado Seattle 11 PM NBCSN

Sat. July 27 Chicago Houston 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 3 New York Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 10 D.C. United Philadelphia 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 17 Philadelphia New York 8 PM NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 23 Kansas City Chicago 8:30 PM NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 30 Portland Real Salt Lake 10 PM NBCSN

Sat. Aug. 31 D.C. United New York 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 7 Chicago Seattle 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 13 Real Salt Lake Seattle 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 20 Colorado Portland 10 PM NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 21 Seattle LA Galaxy 10:30 PM NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 27 Philadelphia Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sun. Sept. 29 LA Galaxy Portland 3:30 PM NBC

Fri. Oct. 4 Chicago D.C. United 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 5 Seattle Colorado 10 PM NBCSN

Fri. Oct. 18 D.C. United Kansas City 8 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 19 Seattle Dallas 4 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 26 Kansas City Philadelphia 3 PM NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 26 Dallas San Jose 5:30 PM NBCSN

Sun. Oct. 27 Houston D.C. United 1:30 PM NBC

2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)

Report: Man City adding Mendy to continue backline restoration

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Fresh off of completing a record deal to help bolster the club’s back line this summer, Manchester City is back at it with the Premier League season looming.

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The Citizens are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy to yet another world-record fee — which will total over $67 million.

Confirmation of the deal has yet to be announced by either team, but L’Equipe is reporting that the Citizens are hot on the 23-year-old’s trail in adding to their pricy back four.

Manager Pep Guardiola and Man City have not been shy readjusting their defensive unit over the past year, adding expensive first-team choices John Stones and Kyle Walker.