2022 MLS Kickoff Weekend Is Here!
2022 MLS Kickoff Weekend is Here!
Honestly, it is hard to believe that the 2022 season is already here. Just two months ago I was standing at Providence Park in Portland on a cold, windy day watching the 2021 MLS Cup. And now (just two months later), with another winter weather advisory in St. Louis, it will be a great weekend to enjoy the kickoff of the 2022 season.
For those new fans who are excited that St. Louis CITY SC kicking off in one year, the time is now to get to know the league, the players, and all the unique qualities of the other clubs. And this weekend is the perfect time to start your "research" of future opponents.
For this season, all MLS teams will play a 34-game schedule this season - 17 home and 17 away games. The MLS Cup will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2022, which is about two weeks prior to the 2022 World Cup. There are also some schedule adjustments throughout the season to accommodate the FIFA international windows.
The league is loaded with experienced players, as well as young players with a ton of potential. If you are wanting to learn more about some of the top players in the league, here are just a few to keep an eye on for 2022:
Lorenzo Insigne, Forward, Toronto FC
Xherdan Shaqiri, Midfielder, Chicago Fire FC
Douglas Costa, Midfielder, LA Galaxy
Facundo Torres, Midfielder, Orlando City
Alan Velasco, Forward, FC Dallas
Thiago Almada, Midfielder, Atlanta United
Chrisian Arango, Forward, LAFC
Raul Ruidiaz, Forward, Seattle Sounders
Javier Hernandez Balcazar, Forward, LA Galaxy
Josef Martinez, Forward, Atlanta United
Carlos Vela, Forward, LAFC
Gyasi Zardes, Forward, Columbus Crew
Valentin Castellanos, Forward, New York City FC
Adam Buksa, Forward, New England Revolution
Adrien Hunou, Midfielder, Minnesota United FC
Carlos GIl, Midfielder, New England Revolution
So get your fridge stocked and prepare yourself for a great opening weekend! Here is where you can find all the games this weekend:
Philadelphia vs Minnesota Noon ESPN+
Columbus vs Vancouver 2:30pm ESPN+
LAFC vs Colorado 2:30pm Univision/TUDN
Dallas vs. Toronto 4:30pm ESPN+
Austin vs CIncinnati 5:00pm ESPN+
DC vs Charlotte 5:00pm ESPN+
Miami vs Chicago 5:00pm ESPN+
San Jose vs NY Red Bulls 5:00pm ESPN+
Portland vs New England 6:30pm FOX
Orlando vs Montreal Noon ESPN+
Atlanta vs Sporting KC 2:00pm FS1
LA Galaxy vs NYCFC 4:00pm ESPN
Houston vs Real Salt Lake 6:00pm ESPN+
Seattle vs Nashville 7:00pm ESPN+
By Andy Croley