Four Star Daily: Playoffs, Timbers, and Emmys (oh my!)

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The match reports for last night's Galaxy vs. Timbers match are most positive for the away side, the US Soccer Development Academy playoff groups are set, and more on the state of soccer telecast media.

  • The match reports are in for last night's LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers tilt, and as is common in draws the away media were more positive than the home media. The LA Times claimed the Galaxy couldn't defend or score, which seems to refer more to the past weeks than what happened last night. The LA defense actually did fairly well. Up in Portland they were boasting about the Timber defense stepping up, which is closer to what actually happened.
  • The groups have been set for the US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, and the LA Galaxy U-18s have been placed in a quite difficult group. The U-18s finished as a sixth seed after winning the Southwest division and are paired with 12th seeded New England Revolution; third wildcard Dallas Texans; and ninth wildcard San Jose Earthquakes. The playoffs begin on June 24th in Frisco, Texas.
  • The nominations have been announced for the 65th Los Angeles Area Emmy awards, and LA Galaxy broadcast partners Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and Deportes received 15 nominations combined for Galaxy and Laker programming (beating out the Fox RSNs). The Galaxy specific nominees are: Road to MLS Cup 2012: Backstage Galaxy for Sports Special and Galaxy Confidential for Sports Series. TWCSN is also nominated for graphics, directing, writing, editing, and art direction. They have won two Creative Emmys already for art direction and lighting.
  • NBC Sports Network has 6.5 hours of soccer coverage this weekend. As I've pointed out in my ratings posts, the NHL is tentpole programming for NBC Sports. MLS and other soccer programming are there to fill out the schedule, like a B-movie. That's it, MLS is a B-movie! Anyhow, the big news is NBC continues to invest in new programming outside of the live broadcast, debuting MLS Insider on Friday with a feature on Robbie Rogers (7:30, check local listings).
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