The 2017 MLS season is here at last. A record-high 22 teams will be competing for glory in the league’s 22nd year. There are 374 games between now and the end of the regular season, at which point 12 teams will once again go through the drama of the MLS Cup Playoffs until the 2017 MLS Cup Champions is announced in December.
The first month of MLS action will showcase the two new expansion franchises, Atlanta United and Minnesota United – who face each other in Minnesota on the second weekend of the new season. We’ll also see Orlando City’s brand new soccer-specific stadium in action from the opening weekend when the Lions host New York City FC on Sunday, March 5th at 10pm GMT (5pm ET).
That game is live on Sky Sports 2 for UK fans and is one of 12 fixtures currently scheduled to be broadcast live over the first five weeks of the new season. 15 of the 22 clubs will be in action live in the UK over the course of the opening month, with NYCFC fans lucky enough to see their team play three weeks in a row:
Saturday, March 4th
LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas – 21:00 GMT – Sky Sports 2
Sunday, March 5th
Orlando City vs New York City FC – 22:00 GMT – Sky Sports 2
Saturday, March 11th
Montreal Impact vs Seattle Sounders – *00:00 GMT – Sky Sports 4
*This game is officially Sunday March 12th, but takes place at midnight on the Saturday evening.
Sunday, March 12th
New York City FC vs DC United – 18:00 GMT – Sky Sports Mix
Minnesota United vs Atlanta United – 21:00 GMT – Sky Sports 2
Saturday, March 18th
New York City FC vs Montreal Impact – 18:00 GMT – Sky Sports Mix
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Toronto FC – 20:00 GMT – Sky Sports Mix
Sunday, March 19th
Seattle Sounders vs New York Red Bulls – 23:00 GMT – Sky Sports 2
Saturday March 25th
New England Revolution vs Minnesota United – 18:00 GMT – Sky Sports 5
New York Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake – 20:00 GMT – Sky Sports 5
Friday, March 31st
Toronto FC vs Sporting Kansas City – *00:30 GMT – Sky Sports 2
This game is officially listed at Saturday, April 1 but will take place after midnight on the Friday evening.