Sportsnet is the rights holder (not for long, we hope) of all Canadian Soccer Association television properties, so you'll need to have that channel in your cable package to watch the match. However, merely having Sportsnet won't be enough to see it live, if you live west of Ontario.
Here's the way it works:
Sportsnet Atlantic: live at 9 pm ATSo you'll need a cable package with all 4 regional feeds if, like me, you live in Western Canada. One possible saving grace is that the game is being streamed online at the Sportsnet website. This stream should be available to anyone with a Canadian IP address and, if you're lucky, to out-of-country folk as well.
Sportsnet East: live at 8 pm ET
Sportsnet West: 3-hour tape delay, at 10 pm CT / 9 pm MT (Texas Rangers baseball is being shown live)
Sportsnet Pacific: 6-hour (!!) tape delay, at 11 pm PT (Mariners baseball, poker, and stale sports highlights are being broadcast first)
The proper response to my Photoshopping (actually GIMPing) skills is a mixture of awe and fear.
You might think this is bad . . . but it gets worse!! The Footie Fool, who has been killing it lately with some excellent posts, is as surprised and outraged as we are that next Wednesday's rendezvous in Mexico isn't being broadcast at all. There is no excuse. Seeing as I signed up for the Sportsnet package with my cable provider for the sole purpose of watching Canada's matches, I'm more than a little steamed.
You can rest assured that any internet streams available will be listed here, and a colourful live blog will be maintained, but these are hardly substitutes for a national network. I'd kill to have CBC take as much interest in being a carrier for the national team as they have for the Toronto FC broadcasts, but I can't imagine them pre-empting a midweek edition of the The National to show soccer.
A more cheerful aside: Commenter Colin has got his own outpost in the soccer blogging world -- Keepie Uppie. More soccer in general than Canadian soccer, and more Shaun Wright-Phillips right now than anything else, but still a good read.
Friday update: OK, ok, Rogers Sportsnet may not be the antichrist. From Gerry Dobson's blog:
And finally, many of you have been wondering about the broadcast plans for the Mexico match next week. Here's your answer: It will be live at 9 p.m. ET on all Sportsnet channels. We have been criticized lately for providing sketchy information on this but trust me, dealing with broadcasters in Latin America is entirely unlike anything that happens in Canada or the United States. Assuming we can get satellite delivery from these places, which is not always a sure thing, we will be airing all Canada's matches as long as the matches continue to matter.So, if everything goes as planned, we'll be able to see the Mexico qualifier. Like a bitter Republican, he blames Mexicans for his network's own problems. But the graphic stays: Sportsnet could do much better. And the bolded sentence with that final clause ('as long as the matches continue to matter') seems like a sneaky way of setting up an excuse to avoid broadcasting October qualifiers during the baseball playoffs, if Canada falls out of things in qualfiying.