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MLS is back with a full slate of games today! El Traffico (LA Galaxy v. LAFC) has been postponed to Monday not because of traffic but brace yourself…. Snow in LA… lol. Snow is on Hollywood sign!?!

More bad news, need AppleTv to see all the games… beside goblue, who the hell has AppleTv. Anyway, MLS is Back on Saturday, Feb. 25, as teams take the pitch in their 2023 debuts. All matches during the MLS is Back opening weekend will be available to watch for free on the Apple TV app.
 

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Other tv availability:

FOX Sports will air 34 games in 2023, including 15 matches on FOX and 19 games on FS1, with all FOX Sports broadcasts also providing Spanish-language on FOX Deportes.
 

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St. Louis CITY SC debut​

St. Louis CITY SC, the league’s 29th team, kick off their inaugural campaign at Austin FC on Feb. 25 at 8:30 pm ET (Matchday 1).
They then make their highly-anticipated home debut against last year’s newcomers Charlotte FC. That Matchday 2 game is set for March 4 at 8:30 pm ET at CITYPARK, which has a capacity crowd of 22,500.

Rivalry Week Returns​

Rivalry Week will present four days of the league’s fiercest rivalry matchups from May 13-20.

Leagues Cup break​

In a monumental new chapter for North American soccer, beginning in 2023, all 47 MLS and LIGA MX clubs will compete in a completely reimagined Leagues Cup: an annual, month-long, Concacaf-sanctioned tournament.
The MLS regular season will pause following the July 15 games for Leagues Cup play and resume on Aug. 20.

MLS Cup rematch​

A rematch of MLS Cup 2022 and last year’s two best regular season teams will feature the Philadelphia Union against LAFC on Sept. 23.

MLS Decision Day 2023​

The regular season’s final matchday is Oct. 21; all teams will face intra-conference opponents with everything on the line in a battle for playoff spots and seeding. MLS Decision Day kickoff times will be announced at a later date.
 

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International windows: MLS will pause during the October and November FIFA international windows. MLS clubs were presented with the option to play during the June and September FIFA international window, with 13 clubs electing to do so.

2023 Concacaf Champions League: The five MLS teams that have qualified for the 2023 Concacaf Champions League will begin Round of 16 play on March 7-9. They are: Austin FC, Orlando City SC, LAFC, Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

2022 FIFA Club World Cup: Seattle Sounders FC will make history when competing in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, which kicks off Feb. 1-11 in Morocco. Match dates and times have yet to be confirmed.
 

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It's all about branding and you want to be associated with ESPN and the the ESPN app (ESPN+). I found myself wandering around there and watching games in the past. Apple is not sports like Prime is not the NFL.

This is a huge mistake by MLS.
Exactly! MLS needs to grow and this partnership with Apple is a step backwards. SNL made a joke about Hollywood and streaming services but same philosophy applies to sports and streaming.


 

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The first game for MLS is Back:

Nashville (ev) v. NYC FC

The 2023regular season begins! Last season, the Boys in Gold were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs, losing 1-0 to LA Galaxy, while the MLS Cup reign of NYCFC ended when they were beaten 3-1 by the Philly in the Eastern Conference Final.

With so many new faces in the NYCFC lineup, we suspect it will take some time for them to gel together as a unit, particularly on the backline.

Containing the Nashville attack might be a little more challenging this weekend, seeing as Picault is a capable secondary scorer who can compliment Mukhtar, so we expect that quality will overpower the newcomers at New York City.
 
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