Well, folks, we made it to 2018! After lots of cookies, some apple pie, and a visit from Santa, I’m back to put a nice bow on 2017 with a recap of the soccer on TV in December.
December kicked off with arguably the biggest moment of the month – the 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw. Following a circus of cultural dancers and performers, the group pairings were selected. As always, there are some intriguing notes, like the battle for the Strait of Gibraltar in Group A or Mexico’s tough draw alongside Germany, Sweden, and South Korea.
The month also saw the close of MLS and the Liga MX Apertura. For the second year in a row, Toronto FC hosted the Seattle Sounders, but this year came out on top. Further on down the road in Mexico, Tigres outlasted Monterrey over two legs to win the first half of the Liga MX season. In what shouldn’t come as a surprise, the two legs of the final were the two most-watched games of the month, each garnering at least 2.3 million viewers.
Through the rest of the month, we saw some big matches in England and Spain, including the Manchester Derby and El Clásico. While we may have taken off for the holidays, soccer sure didn’t.
That’s it! Wave that flag, wave it wide and high – 2017 was another great year to be a soccer fan (other than the U.S. blues…). To sum up the year that was, in our next newsletter we’ll have a full 2017 Soccer on TV recap to share.