Documentary series “MLS Insider” to return during 2014 season

Chris Wondolowski

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you were a fan of the “MLS Insider” documentary series that debuted last season, some good news has arrived.

MLS announced on Tuesday that the acclaimed weekly feature will be back in 2014. The series, produced by eight-time Emmy award winners Hock Films, is presented by adidas and each episode will debut on KICKTV as opposed to last year when the show initially aired on TV via NBC Sports Network.

Episodes will be primarily released each Thursday throughout the MLS regular season.

“The MLS Insider series presents our biggest stars and our League’s top stories in unparalleled depth,” said Vice President of MLS+, the League’s premium content group, Nelson Castro in a statement. “We could not ask for a better partner than Hock Films for our flagship program, nor a more fitting sponsor than adidas. People are regularly telling us that Insider is the best video coverage of MLS they’ve ever seen, and that they want more of it.”

An episode featuring the LA Galaxy and Club Tijuana is expected to air on Tuesday ahead of the two club’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals second leg in Mexico. It will feature Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Herculez Gomez, and show how the two clubs vie for both players and supporters throughout the hotbed that is Southern California.

Future episodes of the series will focus on more than 30 players who are attempting to earn their place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer, upcoming expansion clubs, and more.

The season premiere, titled “Twenty Penalties, One Champion,” debuted March 6 and documented the 20-round penalty kick MLS Cup final that saw Sporting Kansas City narrowly beat Real Salt Lake on a frozen evening at Sporting Park in December 2013.

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What do you think of “MLS Insider” returning in 2014? Happy or disappointed that the episodes are debuting on KICKTV as opposed to NBC Sports Network? What would you like to see an episode cover?

Share your thoughts below.

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7 Responses to Documentary series “MLS Insider” to return during 2014 season

  1. argh says:

    i wanna see them focus on emerging stars like Bruin, McInerney, Besler

    and veterans like Goodson and Bocanegra

    Is it too much to ask for?

  2. argh says:

    should Herculez Gomes come home? He’s probably making 500-600 K in Mexico. Could he come home for 300 K? Though I’m sure 500 K in Mexico might go way further than the same amount up here

    • Tyler says:

      I’m wondering if the money is the major issue at this point. If DC is willing to pay EJ 600k, Herc should definitely command a fair wage. He has stated multiple times that his other big issue is the fact that he would have to go through the allocation order and would have no control over the club for whom he next plays in MLS.

      I would love to see the new LA ownership group make a play for him though.

      • smiley says:

        agreed. EJ got that salary based on an AMAZING 2012 club performance and a pretty good 2013 NT performance. He’s not worth 600 K a season IMO. Maybe 300 or 400 tops.

        Gomez would be worth more

  3. DCLee says:

    Good to see!

  4. A Goose says:

    Yes! One of the best parts of the MLS site by far. Can’t wait.

  5. Drew11 says:

    KickTV and MLS Live should be merged. They would work great together on a platform like Roku.