It’s an exciting time for Major League Soccer, with 2020 marking the 25th season for America’s top professional soccer league. The MLS 2020 season officially kicks off today, Saturday, February 29, and runs through early October 2020; if you’re looking for a way to watch all the action online, then the good news is that ESPN+ has teamed up with Major League Soccer to bring it right to your mobile device or PC. That includes every out-of-market game as well, meaning soccer fans and cord-cutters no longer have to worry about regional broadcasting restrictions. Read on to find out more about what we expect going into the 2020 MLS season and how you can.
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For the MLS 2020 season, each club is slated to play 34 matches (17 away games and 17 at home). Of those 34 matches, every team will play 10 against non-conference opponents and two against each conference opponent. The Seattle Sounders FC are entering this season as the defending champions having bested Toronto FC in the 2019 MLS Cup, and we are expecting both clubs to be major contenders again in 2020 — something that comes as no shock given the dominance of these two teams over the past half-decade.
The odds are also looking very good this year for Los Angeles FC, the defending Supporter’s Shield winners and the club that enjoyed the best regular season in all of MLS history in 2019. New York City FC also impressed last year, logging the best season in the club’s history, and new head coach Ronny Deila now faces the unenviable task of giving this sharp squad the push it needs to hopefully get its hands on some silver in the 2020 MLS Cup.
The Major League Soccer 2020 season starts this Saturday, February 29, with 13 matches in total planned for this weekend. The entire season can be stramed with ESPN (including all out-of-market games), so if you haven’t signed on yet, now’s a great time to. ESPN+ costs just $5 per month or a cheaper $50 per year. If you’re after an even better deal, however, then for only $13 per month, saving you 25%.
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