Major League Soccer recently released the entire preseason and regular-season schedule for the 2019 campaign, which will be the 24th in the existence of the steadily growing franchise. Preseason matches are already underway, and the regular-season will kick off on the first weekend in March. It will run through the first week of October. Exactly 34 regular-season matches will feature half of them at home and half of them away.
MLS All-Star Game
It is the first season of existence for FC Cincinnati, and a revamped playoff format gives teams a clearer view of what it takes to compete for the title. It is now a single elimination situation that rewards the most successful teams in the regular-season with home-field advantage, and the MLS Cup Championship Match is scheduled for November 10. Anyone interested in purchasing 2019 MLS Tickets can easily do so now for a season that is going to be both exciting and historic.
There will be a break in the schedule in June, as players and teams who qualified compete in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 2019 MLS All-Star Game will take place on July 31 in Orlando City Stadium. Each team will play two matches against their conference opponents, and one match against non-conference foes. Rivalry week is officially designated for the final days in August. There are a multitude of ways to watch and stream MLS 2019 matches, but true soccer fans know that there is no experience like being there to witness it live in person.
MLS Champs: Atlanta United FC
The current defending MLS Champs are the Atlanta United FC, a squad that sprang onto the scene four years ago by way of expansion. They play in a brand-new, entirely state-of-the-art venue known as Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was opened to the public in late-August 2017 at a cost of about $1.6 billion and is also the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
The Western Conference is going to be as competitive as ever, and the results of the draft have several teams excited. LA FC used their first pick in the draft on a 19-year-old Jamaican sensation that many expected to go much earlier in the order of picks. Other squads bulked up their defense or attacking units hoping that one or two additional pieces will be enough to help them summit the jagged top of the Western Conference.
Both the MLS 2018 regular-season champions and the MLS Cup Champions came from the Eastern Conference, but that could easily change on both fronts this year. Two teams in Los Angeles are very much in the hunt for the Conference title, as is FC Dallas, the Seattle Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City. Sporting Kansas City had the best regular-season win-loss record in 2018, finishing 18-8-8. Aforementioned Los Angeles FC put 68 goals in the back of the net, which was the most in the conference, and the LA Galaxy came in second with 66.
Near the bottom of the pack sits the Houston Dynamo, Minnesota United FC, the Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes. But all the squads are just a player or two away from contention, and momentum is a huge thing in a relatively short 34-game-season.
The Eastern Conference will now have an even 12 teams with the expansion of Cincinnati FC, and the team will jump into a very competitive group of squads primed for action. Atlanta United FC won it all last year, but it was the New York Red Bulls that had the best record in MLS with a mark of 22-7-5. They scored eight goals less than the second-place Atlanta squad, but allowed 11 goals fewer, meaning that the Red Bulls play some of the most aggressive and stifling defense in all of professional soccer.
By contrast, the team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, Orlando City FC, allowed a whopping 74 goals last year. In between the top and the bottom are a lot of other stacked squads featuring huge superstars of the sport. New York City FC competes for fans in the entertainment capital of the world, and DC United, the Philadelphia Union, the New England Revolution and Toronto FC also have a large, passionate and constantly growing fan bases. The Columbus Crew, the Montréal Impact and the Chicago Fire round out the group of a dozen squads that are going to do battle for extremely important wins and losses come the first days of March.
Tickets & Schedules
Now well over two decades into its existence, Major League Soccer continues to show that they have a glimmering product fueled by all sorts of talent and a high entertainment value. Stadiums are popping up throughout the nation that are designed to primarily host these professional soccer teams at the very height of the sport in North America and Canada. This means that many games played throughout the 2019 MLS Season will go down on sparkling emerald pitches inside of places that were just erected in the last few years. The final touches are currently being made on Allianz Field, a soccer-specific venue that will host of the Minnesota United FC into the foreseeable future. Now is the perfect time for MLS fans of any squad to check out the 2019 MLS Schedule layout and decide which games might work best for you.