The MLS TV schedule for the 2022 season is set in stone, with anticipation growing for a great year.
In 2022, newcomers Charlotte FC join the previous 27 clubs in Major League Soccer. New York City FC looks to hold their position as MLS Cup Winners from the previous season. Also, a number of great young players like Ricardo Pepi, Daryl Dike and James Sands build on their potential.
The 2022 MLS season kicks off on Saturday, February 26. This is the earliest start to an MLS TV schedule in history because of the 2022 World Cup scheduled for November and December. Traditionally, MLS Cup Playoffs take place in November into December, but the World Cup takes precedence. Each team will play a 34-game regular season, with 17 games at home and 17 on the road. There are some exceptions to that with some special games scheduled, but we will get to that below.
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MLS Decision Day, the regular season finale, is on Sunday, October 9. Then, the three-week playoffs conclude with the 2022 MLS Cup on Saturday, November 5. This allows over two weeks for any international players to re-acclimate themselves with their national teams ahead of the World Cup. the 2021 season began on Friday, April 16 and will feature 34 matches for each of the league’s 27 clubs. MLS’ 26th regular season will conclude on MLS Decision Day, November 7, and the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs will begin November 19. MLS Cup will be played on Saturday, December 11.
In addition to Charlotte FC joining the league, Nashville SC will debut a soccer-specific stadium in May.
Throughout the 2022 MLS season, there will be a number of instances of games that will have fans interested. First off, 18 teams partake in ‘MLS is Back’, the opening day of fixtures in the league. The following Sunday, defending champions NYCFC take on the most successful club in MLS history, Los Angeles Galaxy.
Charlotte FC makes its home debut the following weekend against LA Galaxy at Bank of America Stadium. Also, as stated previously, the league breaks in Nashville SC Stadium, the 30,000-seat facility against the Philadelphia Union.
Heineken Rivalry Week, which always produces great games, features 11 games in 10 days. From July 8 to July 17, notable games include the Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, the Columbus Crew hosting Cincinnati, the Cascadia Derby involving Seattle and Portland and, of course, El Tráfico between LA Galaxy and LAFC.
Following a two-year hiatus, the California Clásico between San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy returns. This game, taking place in the heart of California at Stanford Stadium, is on June 25.
MLS TV Schedule of Channels
MLS games are televised across FOX Sports (FS1 or FOX), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, Univision and UniMás. Many English-language MLS games are not available on national TV, but are instead shown on local TV networks (where available) or ESPN+ (paid subscription service; $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually).
For the 2022 season, a record-number of games will air on network television. There will be 48 games across ABC, FOX, Univision and UniMás. Additionally, even more games will be on designated sports networks like ESPN or FS1.
Breaking it down, ABC will carry ten games on its channel, totaling with 34 across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, which will also be available on ESPN Deportes. There will be seven games on FOX, but that means 27 more on FS1. All 34 of those contests will air in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Thirty-two more games will be in Spanish on Univision and UniMás.