Main League Soccer introduced the 2021 MLS season will start on Saturday, April Three and have 34 matches for every of the league’s 27 golf equipment, together with growth aspect Austin FC.
The common season will conclude with MLS Choice Day on Nov. 7, adopted the MLS Cup playoffs beginning on Nov. 19 with the MLS Cup last set to be held on Dec. 11.
MLS had initially focused a mid-March begin date, however a supply with information of the state of affairs mentioned that when the CONCACAF Champions League would begin in April, that gave MLS further flexibility to delay the beginning of the common season two weeks. In accordance with MLS well being and security protocols, gamers might be required to quarantine and conduct particular person trainings upon reporting again to their golf equipment.
The league additionally said that the April Three begin date signifies that groups might be allowed to start their preseason coaching camps on Feb. 22, giving groups six weeks to organize for the beginning of the marketing campaign. The delayed begin date additionally permits for extra folks throughout the nation to be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, which can hopefully hasten the timeline for when followers can return to the MLS venues in higher numbers.
MLS will see the opening of three new stadiums for Austin FC, FC Cincinnati, and defending champion Columbus Crew SC. With Austin FC becoming a member of MLS, the 2021 season will characteristic 27 golf equipment, 14 within the Jap Convention and 13 within the Western Convention.