MLS announced that the 2011 MLS Cup Final will be played at the Home Depot Center, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, on November 20. The Galaxy have hosted the Cup three times since MLS began in 1996.
This marks the second year in a row that MLS has scheduled its championship game at the same time as a Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. Last year, MLS' final between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids was a television ratings dive for MLS. Here's what MLS Talk had to say about the 2010 Final:
The TV ratings are in for the 2010 MLS Cup. And according to Sports Media Watch, the overnight TV rating was 0.5, the lowest overnight rating since at least the late 1990's.
The 0.5 TV rating was down 44% from last year's MLS Cup between Real Salt Lake and L.A. Galaxy. In the 2010 MLS Cup, Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in extra time in front of a not even sold-out crowd at Toronto's BMO Field. The 0.5 TV rating was down 28% from the 2008 MLS Cup between Columbus and New York.
If the New York Red Bulls or Philadelphia Union make the final, it could be another concerning night of TV numbers for MLS.