Could MLS find success by following the NFL in sending teams to Wembley?

It’s no secret that Major League Soccer’s growth is continuing to turn heads. Not only is the league attracting some of Europe’s best footballing talent, but its expansion is showing no signs of slowing down, with new franchises bursting onto the scene at an alarming rate.

But what if Major League Soccer followed in the footsteps of the NFL and brought competitive fixtures to the UK, at Wembley?

The NFL’s success in England has been staggering since the International Series’ inception saw competitive fixtures start being played across the pond a decade ago. The fact it’s a different sport helps massively with the attraction, but there is an ever-growing support base of UK-based MLS fans, so there is certainly an opportunity for MLS to do something similar in the coming years.

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Driving up interest for a fixture would arguably be easier for MLS. Instead of bringing over a regular season game, a fixture similar to those played in the International Champions Cup format each summer could work well in Britain. A side from MLS playing a top Premier League club at Wembley in front of 90,000 soccer-crazed fans would make for some spectacle.

You only have to look at the interest that the MLS All-Stars fixture garners each year – with this season’s instalment seeing Real Madrid take on the best of MLS in Chicago on August 2. Allowing English fans to watch their favourite club face off against an MLS outfit firsthand here in the UK would surely heighten the league’s growth.

A mini-league could even be an option. Let’s say, for example, the top side from both the Eastern and Western Conference come to Wembley and play against the Premier League’s first and second place teams each year. The Premier League clubs could each face the two MLS sides, with the showcase finale allowing the two MLS sides to battle it out on the same field at the end of the tournament.

There are plenty of options to be explored if the league’s expansion overseas steps up over the coming seasons and MLS would undoubtedly put on a great show. The ideas above are simply just suggestions in their rawest form. But we would love to see MLS teams showcased on UK soil in the near future.

Have your say below – Would you like to see MLS teams play in the UK? And which MLS clubs would you most like to see play at a stadium like Wembley?

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First official MLS Viewing Party in London a major success for growing UK support base

The first official MLS Viewing Party in the UK took place on Saturday evening as fans flocked to The Pilgrim Pub in Kennington, London to watch New York City FC take on New York Red Bulls in the first NY Derby of the 2017 regular season.

The landmark event was a roaring success, with special guest Frank Lampard on hand to ensure all those in attendance were left to enjoy an unforgettable evening.


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There were around 150 fans at Saturday’s Viewing Party, with the majority of supporters in attendance there to cheer Lampard’s former club, New York City FC on as they sealed a first ever win at Red Bull Arena with an impressive 2-0 win.

Although Frank Lampard was the centre of attention for most of the evening, former referees Howard Webb and Peter Walton also arrived to enjoy the evening surrounded by excited supporters.

Webb has recently taken up a position as MLS Manager of VAR operations, and will be spearheading the introduction of the new technology into Major League Soccer, starting with a test run in the 2017 MLS All-Star game on August 2. While Walton is in his fifth year as General Manager of the Professional Referees Association in North America.

The match was shown live on Sky Sports 5, with reporter Gary Cotterill on hand with a Sky camera crew to cover the event, with live shots from inside the pub broadcast live on air during Saturday’s game.

It was brilliant to see so many UK fans enjoying a live game under the same roof and was testament to the impressive and ever-growing development of Major League Soccer here in Great Britain and beyond.

MLSGB would like to thank Major League Soccer and Macesport for organising Saturday’s event and can’t wait to see all of our fellow MLS fans at another UK Viewing Party in the future.

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MLS UK TV Schedule: March 2017 – 12 games in 5 weeks as season begins

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).

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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.