An important thing for every sports bettor is to have knowledge about the events schedules. For MLS there is no exception, that’s why at Online Betting Sports we share with you the latest betting news, updates and information about the Major League Soccer schedule.
Brief Introduction to the MLS Schedule
The Major League Soccer (MLS) season usually starts in late February or March (the 2022 schedule featured the earliest start in league history with opening weekend occurring February 26-27) and runs until early November. The league typically loads up the opening weekend with exciting MLS odds and MLS picks involving a pair of rivals or two teams that have a history together.
Beginning in the 2022 season, there are 28 teams in MLS with the inclusion of Charlotte FC. Each team plays 34 games throughout the regular season with breaks between games spanning anywhere from three to eight days. It’s uncommon for teams to play two games in a span of four days.
The MLS Cup Playoffs usually begin in October and conclude with the MLS Cup championship match, often held in early November; the 2022 championship is scheduled for November 5. Seven teams from each of the Western and Eastern Conferences qualify for the playoffs with the top team in each conference earning a bye through the first round.
Understanding the MLS Schedule
The highlight of the MLS schedule for fans is Heineken Rivalry Week in July. This week includes nationally-televised broadcasts of some of the league’s premier rivalries based on geography and history (ie. Charlotte vs. Nashville, LAFC vs. LA, Seattle vs. Portland, and Columbus vs. Cincinnati). The MLS All-Star Game usually takes place in August and marks the end of a week-long break for teams.
Decision Day in October is another important day on the schedule as it marks the end of the regular season and the last chance for teams to qualify for the postseason. Teams strictly play conference opponents on this day and all games in the same conference kick off at the same time.
Finally, teams can participate in cups and tournaments outside of the MLS schedule. These take place during and outside of the MLS calendar and include the U.S. Open Cup, Canadian Championship, Leagues Cup, and Campeones Cup.