USA & Canada – MLS
Are you planning a football trip to America or Canada? MLS fixtures for the current season and details of when games are played including TV schedules.
Planning a Football Trip to America – The Season
Fixtures for the MLS Season are usually announced at the start of January so you can start planning your football trip to American then. If you want to make a football trip to the opening weekend may be announced earlier than this in December following the MLS Cup final.
The regular season usually begins at the start of March and is played weekly until the end October.
The MLS has an Eastern Conference & Western Conference.
Since 2015, the top six teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs, playing in separate conference brackets. The first round of each conference has two one-off matches between the fourth- vs. fifth-place teams and the third- vs. sixth-, with the two higher seeds hosting. The lowest-seeded winner advances to play the conference’s top seed, and the next-lowest playing the second in the Conference Semifinals.
The Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are conducted in a home-and-away, aggregate-goal format. The team that scores the most goals in the home-and-away series advances to the two-game, total-goals Conference Finals or single-game MLS Cup Final, respectively.
MLS awards the regular-season champions with the Supporters’ Shield and a direct berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, the continental tournament. The regular-season champion must be a U.S.-based club in order to receive direct entry to Champions League.
Planning a Football Trip to America – The Highlights
Standout stadiums worth making a football trip to visit include Yankee Stadium (New York City), Gillette Stadium (New England Revolution), RFK Stadium (DC United), Camping World Stadium (Orlando City SC), CenturyLink Field (Seattle) and BC Place (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Planning a Football Trip to America – 2016 Season
The 2016 Major League Soccer season features 20 total clubs (17 based in the United States, 3 based in Canada). The regular season began on March 6 and will end on October 23.