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Major League Soccer: 2024 schedule, teams, format, how to watch

Major League Soccer will enter its 29th season in 2024. 

The regular season runs from February 21 to October 19, 2024, with dates for the MLS Cup playoffs still to be determined, although the MLS Cup, the league's championship game, is slated for December 7, 2024. 

The 2024 Major League Soccer season will feature 29 teams, with last season's standouts Columbus Crew aiming to defend their title.

2024 MLS schedule

MLS runs from February to December. The 2024 season begins on February 21, which is the earliest date in league history.

The regular season runs until Decision Day on October 19, before the teams that qualify for the playoffs battle for the MLS Cup, with the final due to be on December 7.

2024 MLS Cup date

The 2024 MLS Cup, the annual championship game to determine the champion, will take place on December 7. 

Read more: MLS Cup 2024 schedule, format, past winners, odds

How to watch MLS

Apple has broadcast and streaming rights for MLS after signing a 10-year deal in 2022. 

They will show all MLS matches and selected minor league matches, with this all available on the MLS Season Pass within Apple's TV app.

MLS teams

MLS is made up of 29 teams, split into two conferences - Eastern and Western.

Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference
Atlanta United FCAustin FC
Charlotte FCColorado Rapids
Chicago Fire FCFC Dallas
FC Cincinnati Houston Dynamo FC
Columbus CrewLA Galaxy
DC UnitedLos Angeles FC
Inter Miami CFMinnesota United FC
CF MontrealPortland Timbers
Nashville SCReal Salt Lake
New England RevolutionSan Jose Earthquakes
New York City FCSeattle Sounders FC
New York Red BullsSporting Kansas City
Orlando City SCSt Louis City SC
Philadelphia UnionVancouver Whitecaps FC
Toronto FC 

List of MLS stadiums

TeamStadiumCityCapacity
Atlanta UnitedMercedes-Benz-StadiumAtlanta, GA71,000
Austin FCQ2 StadiumAustin, TX20,738
CF MontrealSaputo StadiumMontreal, Quebec19,619
Charlotte FCBank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC74,867
Chicago FireSoldier FieldChicago, IL61,500
Colorado RapidsDick's Sporting Goods ParkCommerce City, CO18,000
Columbus CrewLower.com StadiumColumbus, OH20,145
D.C. UnitedAudi FieldWashington, D.C.20,000
FC CincinnatiTQL StadiumCincinnati, OH26,000
FC DallasToyota StadiumDallas, TX20,500
Houston DynamoShell Energy StadiumHouston, TX22,000
Inter Miami CFDRV Pink StadiumFort Lauderdale, FL21,000
Los Angeles FCBMO StadiumLos Angeles, CA22,000
LA GalaxyDignity Health Sports ParkCarson, CA27,000
Minnesota United FCAllianz FieldSaint Paul, MN19,400
Nashville SCGeodis ParkNashville, TN30,000
New England RevolutionGillette StadiumFoxborough, MA68,756
New York City FCYankee StadiumBronx, NY47,300
New York Red BullsRed Bull ArenaHarrison, NJ25,000
Orlando City SCExploria StadiumOrlando, FL25,500
Philadelphia UnionSubaru ParkPhiladelphia, PA18,500
Portland TimbersProvidence ParkPortland, OR25,218
Real Salt LakeAmerica First FieldSandy, UT20,213
San Jose EarthquakesPayPal ParkSan Jose, CA18,000
Seattle Sounders FCLumen FieldSeattle, WA68,740
Sporting Kansas CityChildren's Mercy ParkKansas City, KS18,467
St. Louis City SCCityParkSt. Louis, MO22,500
Toronto FCBMO FieldToronto, Ontario30,991
Vancouver Whitecaps FCBC PlaceVancouver, BC54,500

MLS league format

Each team in MLS will play 34 regular season games, 17 at home and 17 away. 

The two teams that lead their conferences at the end of the season will go straight into Round One of both the playoffs and the CONCACAF Champions Cup. 

Teams finishing second to sixth go straight into Round One, while eight and nine go into a Wild Card round, where they face off in a one-off tie. 

The regular season also will pause between July 26 to August 25 for the fourth edition of the Leagues Cup, the knockout tournament which also features sides from Liga MX. However, MLS will not break for the summer's Copa America, hosted by the USA.

Read more: Leagues Cup dates, teams, history, how to watch

MLS All-Star Game

The MLS All-Star Game is an annual exhibition soccer match held in the middle of the season in July or August. The game features the best players from MLS, selected through a combination of fan voting, media voting, and player voting, playing against an international opponent, which could be another league's all-star team, a specific club team, or a national team.

Read more: MLS All-Star Game schedule, teams, history, and more

Who won the MLS Cup in 2023?

Columbus Crew won its third MLS Cup in 2023, beating LAFC 2-1 in December's final. 

2024 MLS Outright Odds

Inter Miami is the +300 favorite to win the 2024 MLS Cup.

View the latest odds to win MLS Cup here

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