Responding to an NFL schedule change and seeing an opportunity to increase viewership, Major League Soccer announced Monday that the Western Conference semifinal game between host Sporting Kansas City and the Minnesota United has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday, and will air at 8 p.m. ET.
The shift follows an NFL schedule change that left Thursday night open on FOX. So, by airing the game on FOX, rather than its FS1 cable affiliate, the soccer game increases its potential viewership. Earlier, the Baltimore Ravens-Dallas Cowboys game was moved from Thursday to Monday, Dec. 7.
Also, the Western Conference final was moved to Monday, Dec. 7. That change, from Sunday, will ensure that players from the Thursday game will have at least three full days of rest. The change also means if the Seattle Sounders advance past its Western Conference semifinal against FC Dallas, there would be enough time for football lines to be removed from the Seattle's Lumen Field - always a sore spot for MLS.
The Columbus Crew host the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final on Sunday.
The MLS Cup final remains set for Dec. 12.
--Field Level Media