It’s the time of the year again. Everyone’s favorite American top flight soccer league is back! Major League Soccer returns for its 22nd season. Like any 22-year-old, they’re starting to mature and learn from their past mistakes. This offseason saw the league acquire much younger players in lieu of the bigger named players who are only there to sell merchandise. There’s still a long ways for MLS to go, but it’s slowly but surely changing for the better.
Week 1 offers some interesting match-ups. I’m going to be biased because I’m a Managing Editor and pick Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls as your match to watch. There’s always Sacha Kljestan to keep an eye on. He’s fighting to keep his USMNT spot heading into March. But just on a pure soccer level, these two teams match-up well with their high pressing styles. It could be a really fun match to watch.
Here’s the full slate of matches available on TV or online this weekend:
*All times Eastern Time
Friday, March 3rd
Paul Arriola, Joe Corona, Michael Orozco, Omar Gonzalez: Club Tijuana vs. Pachuca, 10:00 p.m., Azteca America
Saturday, March 4th
Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd: Werder Bremen vs. Darmstadt, 9:30 a.m., FOX Soccer 2Go
Alfredo Morales: Hoffenheim vs. Ingolstadt, 9:30 a.m., FOX Soccer 2Go
Geoff Cameron, Brad Guzan: Stoke City vs. Middlesbrough, 10:00 a.m., PL Extra Time
Fabian Johnson: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Schalke, 12:30 p.m., FOX Soccer Plus
SheBelieves: USWNT vs. England, 5:00 p.m., FOX
Steve Birnbaum, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler: D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, 7:00 p.m., MLS Live
Sunday, March 5th
Bobby Wood, John Brooks: Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin, 11:30 a.m., FOX Soccer Plus
Sacha Kljestan: Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., FS1