By DAN KARELL
The 2013 MLS season isn’t even over yet but fans can already start preparing for the 2014 season.
On Monday afternoon, the league released the full-season 2014 MLS schedule, with the 19 teams beginning play on March 8 and finishing their seasons on the final weekend in October. Just as in this season, every team will play a 34-game league schedule, with every team taking a break between June 12 and June 24 for the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The season begins just three days after the final international FIFA date before the World Cup. Like this season, the league won’t take breaks for the international dates in September (Sept. 1-9) and October (Oct. 6-14).
MLS announced that all 323 matches next season will be televised, either on national television or MLS Live and local telecasts. ESPN will televise 20 regular-season matches while NBC Sports will broadcast 41 games, including three on NBC and six games on Saturday afternoons following their English Premier League coverage. The team in the MLS Cup final with the best record will again host the match.
Some interesting early season matches include MLS Cup finalist Sporting Kansas City visiting the Seattle Sounders on the opening weekend, a rematch of the Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact on March 15, and two matches between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake in the first three weeks of the season.
What do you think of the schedule? What matches are you most looking forward to? Do you like your team’s schedule?
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