When does the MLS season start? 2019 will be the debut year for both the 24th team of the league, FC Cincinnati, as well as the premiere of the new format of the MLS Playoffs. It will be playing to a single-elimination match, thus highlighting the importance and relevance of the regular season.
When does the MLS season start?
This year in 2019, MLS has started on March 2, 2019, and ended on October 6, 2019. The MLS Playoff will begin on October 19, 2019.
For this campaign, each club will play a total of 34 games (17 at home and 17 away). Facing rivals from the same conference twice and non-conference rivals once.
New Playoffs format:
14 teams, of the 24 that will play the regular season, will qualify for the Playoffs: 7 of each conference.
All Playoff games will be playing in a direct elimination format. In which the best-ranked teams at the end of the regular season will be awarding the right to be local in the Playoffs.
The MLS Playoffs will start on October 19. The grand final, the MLS Cup 2019, will be playing on November 10.
Starting the season and the debut of FC Cincinnati:
The 2019 season will officially kick off on March 2 with the debut of FC Cincinnati on his visit to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. March 17 will be the first time FC Cincinnati plays at home when they face Portland Timbers at Nippert Stadium.
The reigning champion Atlanta United will play his first game of 2019 against D.C. United on March 3. Learn more about MLS here.
MLS season start-New places:
Allianz Field, the new home of the Minnesota United club will officially open its doors on April 13 when Minnesota United FC receives New York City FC. Allianz Field becomes the 20th specific stadium for soccer practice in MLS.
Providence Park, home of Portland Timbers will reopen its doors on June 1 after undergoing reconstruction for the expansion to an additional 4,000 seats. The Timbers will be measuring to LAFC at the reopening of their stadium in the summer.
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