02/04/2021 0 Comments
Major League Soccer 2021
MLS or Major League Soccer which is the highest level of football in the United States of America & Canada, is set for its 26th season to start on the April 17th 2021. With much excitement building around the ever-growing league, the fans of USA football cannot wait for its return.
The 27 MLS (split into west & east conference) teams play 34 matches, 17 at home and 17 on the road. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there will be some tweaks to the league's tried and true format with a higher concentration of regional games to lighten the travel load. With the regular season concluding on the 7th of November, the best seven teams from each conference will begin the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. The playoffs will start on Nov. 19th as all roads lead to MLS Cup, contested on Dec. 11th .
The MLS has been growing in popularity in recent years and has acquired a substantial fan base. Some of the bigger clubs pull in numbers to rival European clubs such as Atlanta United FC, with an average attendance of 53,000 during 2019 and Seattle Sounders with roughly 40,000. Also the average tv ratings were between 250,000 – 320,000 during the 2018/2019 season and even the smaller MLS teams draw in about 15,000 – 20,000 fans a game.
The growth of the league is down to the increase in the standard of players in the MLS in recent years. Players like Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimović, David Villa and Frank Lampard are probably the most famous players to compete in the league in recent years. Some standout players involved in the league this year will be Carlos Vela, Blaise Matuidi, Javier Hernandez, Luis Nani, Josef Martinez, and Gonzalo Higuain.
As well as the standard and attendance improving in recent years the online presence of the league has significantly grown in recent times with the Major League Soccer Instagram having 1.8 million followers and 600k followers on YouTube. While individual Club Inter Miami CF, part owned by David Beckham has just under 1 million followers on Instagram, showing that the popularity and interest is really growing around the league not just domestically but globally.
In a country full of other popular sports such as Basketball, Baseball, American Football and much more the MLS is growing and now competing with these other sport leagues and competing with other European Football leagues.
The fans cannot wait for it to get restarted!