MLS Makes Return This Weekend

The World Cup has captured the hearts of fans all around the globe over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, Major League Soccer – aside from a few friendlies – has been silent.

That changes on Friday, when the league springs back into action.

Here is the list of games:

Friday, June 2
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 26
Columbus vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles, FSC, 7:30 p.m.
Houston vs. Colorado, 8:30 p.m.
Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls, 8:30 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27
Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders, ESPN2, 5 p.m
New England vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.

And here’s the table:


Around the league

  • The Philadelphia Union are scheduled to play their first league match at the new stadium in Chester on Sunday, even as the city remains under curfew for a rash of violent crimes.

0 thoughts on “MLS Makes Return This Weekend”

  1. MLS is insane to play during the World Cup. Absolutely insane. The focus needs to be on the US team and getting behind the country.

    The Gaffer

    1. I believe it has something to do with the MLS schedule masters having no faith in the USMNT. It certainly seems that they felt we would not advance past the group stage.
      That said, all of the MLS kick off times are in the evening. Given that the World Cup games are done by mid-afternoon, there is no schedule conflict. Perhaps they are hoping that World Cup Fever will get viewers to tune in or locals to attend a game.

      1. I still think it’s a crazy idea even though the games are played in the evenings. I don’t know about you and the rest of the readers, but after the US has played their World Cup games, I’ve been emotionally and physically spent. Exhausted, in fact, in a good way. But there’s too much soccer on right now to also focus on a domestic league.

        And you’re right, Adam. It certainly sounds like MLS didn’t think the US would qualify for the second round based on the starting the schedule back up again this weekend.

        The Gaffer

  2. Very stupid scheduling. MLS still doesn’t get it. They are getting better, but they still don’t get it.

  3. True, but at the same time, with Superliga right after the WC ends, US Open Cup, and major international friendlies, CONCACAF Champions League, and the All-Star Game at the end of the month, there are few league games played in July. Plus the WC doesn’t affect the league in that only 6 players are participating in the World Cup from MLS. MLS already plays into November as is, do we really want to push MLS into December? It sucks, but unless something gives (i.e. no play-offs, no international friendlies, not participating in SuperLiga or CCL, starting season in early March), it has to be this way.

  4. It is bad enough that MLS squashed in a bunch of extra games in April and May in order to take two weeks off during the World Cup group stage. This resulted in a lot of more poorly attended midweek games (example: 5,990 at Gillette to watch Revs vs. Chivas on May 5th, 2010).

    Until the day comes that MLS fans will show up for cold weather games in early March, early December, etc., don’t expect to see large summer breaks for international competitions. Maybe one day MLS will be able to afford roofs and fully winterized SSS for all cold weather teams, and will be able to adjust their schedule to any time of year. But that won’t happen any time soon.

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