|NEW YORK (Wednesday, December 20, 2023) – Major League Soccer today announced the schedule and broadcast details for the 2024 MLS regular season. MLS’ 29th season kickoff will be the earliest in league history as eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi and reigning Leagues Cup champion Inter Miami CF host Real Salt Lake in a standalone match on Wednesday, February 21 at DRV PNK Stadium. The match will air at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.MLS is Back opening week action continues with MLS clubs competing across a slate of 14 matches on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25, highlighted by the LA Galaxy hosting Inter Miami CF on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Dignity Health Sports Park (8:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV).Click HERE to view the complete 2024 MLS regular season schedule.Following a record-setting first year of a 10-year partnership with Apple, all of the MLS action in 2024 returns to MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app. Available in more than 100 countries and regions and offering the most expansive and accessible programming lineup ever, MLS Season Pass is the first global streaming service to offer every match across a professional league in one dedicated destination. Fans can enjoy every MLS game with no blackouts and more in-depth coverage and analysis than ever before on billions of devices through the Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, game consoles, and online at tv.apple.com.MLS Season Pass also features an array of exclusive on-demand content in addition to MLS 360, the four-hour live whip-around show providing live look-ins from every match alongside expert analysis and discussion, and MLS Wrap-Up, featuring full recaps and postgame coverage of all the matchday action in English and Spanish.Select MLS matches will also be available on the FOX family of networks in the U.S. and TSN and RDS in Canada. FOX Sports will air 34 games in 2024 in the U.S., including 15 matches on FOX and 19 matches on FS1, with all FOX Sports broadcasts also providing Spanish-language coverage on FOX Deportes. The comprehensive schedule of TSN and RDS regular season matches, which will include at least one match per week featuring an MLS Canadian club, will be announced in the coming weeks. 2024 Schedule FormatEvery team will play 34 regular season games, with 17 at home and 17 away. The majority of matches in 2024 will be played on Saturdays and select Wednesdays, with local start times of 7:30 p.m.
- Eastern Conference (15 Clubs): Eastern Conference clubs will play each Eastern Conference opponent twice (28 games), once at home and once away. In addition, Eastern Conference teams will play six matches against select Western Conference opponents (6 games).
- Western Conference (14 Clubs): Western Conference teams will play each Western Conference opponent twice (26 games), once at home and once away, and additionally will play one or two intra-conference opponents a third time (1-2 games). Western Conference teams will play six to seven matches against teams in the Eastern Conference (6-7 games).
MLS All-Star Game 2024 presented by Target New Date: July 24 in Columbus, OhioThe 2024 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, hosted in Columbus, Ohio at Lower.com Field, is now set for Wednesday, July 24 (MLS Season Pass on Apple TV).The action-packed week will bring world-class soccer events, music, interactive fan experiences, and community-focused events to Columbus. The opponent for the 2024 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will be announced at a later date.2024 MLS Rivalry Week2024 MLS Rivalry Week will feature top rivalry matchups played across four matchdays from May 11-18.Kicking off the rivalry action on Saturday, May 11, reigning MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew will host in-state rival FC Cincinnati at Lower.com Field (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, FS1) in a Hell is Real Derby rematch of the 2023 Eastern Conference Final. The following day, one of the oldest soccer rivalries in the United States will add a new chapter as the Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders FC at Providence Park (4:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, FOX).Florida rivals Orlando City SC and Inter Miami CF will face off on Wednesday, May 15 at Exploria Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV) and Rivalry Week action will conclude with multiple rivalry matches on Saturday, May 18, including the Canadian Classique featuring Toronto FC and CF Montréal taking place at BMO Field (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV).El Tráfico at the Rose BowlFor a second straight season, El Tráfico, LA Galaxy vs. LAFC, will take place at the historic Rose Bowl on Thursday, July 4 (10:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass on Apple TV). Last year’s match, which was also played on Independence Day, set an all-time MLS attendance record with 82,110 fans in the building.Rematch of 2023 MLS Cup presented by AudiOn Saturday, July 13, the Columbus Crew and LAFC will face off in a rematch of 2023 MLS Cup presented by Audi, live at BMO Stadium at 10:30 p.m. ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. It will mark the first time Columbus has visited LAFC since June 23, 2018.Leagues CupAfter the global soccer community’s eyes turned to Leagues Cup this past summer to witness Inter Miami’s historical win, the World Cup-style club competition featuring all LIGA MX and Major League Soccer teams, is set to return for its 2024 edition. Kicking off Friday, July 26 with the tournament final on Sunday, August 25, 2024, the official Concacaf tournament will maintain its three berths to Concacaf Champions Cup, with the Leagues Cup champion qualifying directly to the Round of 16. In 2023, the tournament featured 77 intense matches, capturing the hearts of nearly 1.3 million fans in the stadiums with an average attendance of approximately 17,000 fans per match. The competition was intensified by an action-packed format which saw an average of 3.26 goals per match.Fans in more than 100 countries and regions can tune in to all the Leagues Cup action on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. TelevisaUnivision, TV Azteca, FOX Sports, TSN and RDS will broadcast select Leagues Cup matches in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.MLS Decision Day 2024Decision Day 2024 – the final matchday of the MLS regular season with postseason implications on the line – is set for Saturday, October 19. The slate of 14 matches will feature all Eastern Conference matches kicking off at 6 p.m. ET and all Western Conference matches beginning at 9 p.m. ET, respectively on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.Across both conferences ahead of Decision Day 2023, a total of 10 teams were in the hunt for the final five postseason positions, while those in the playoffs were looking to clinch either homefield advantage or the final Concacaf Champions Cup spot.2024 MLS Cup presented by AudiThe Audi 2024 MLS Cup Playoffs will culminate in Major League Soccer’s championship match, MLS Cup presented by Audi, Saturday, December 7, with hosting rights awarded to the competing team with the better regular season record.