With the soccer world’s gaze undoubtedly centered on Brazil, MLS will go on a two-week hiatus throughout next summer’s World Cup.
MLS unveiled its full 2014 schedule Monday, with the common season kicking off March eight — one week later than this past season — and ending Oct. 26. It was the earliest schedule announcement in league history.
The World Cup break, which is able to begin following three video games June eleven and end with a single midweek match June 25, roughly coincides with the June 12-26 group stage. Though the season will begin after the March 5 FIFA date, the league will as soon as once more play through international fixtures in September and October.
The opening weekend is highlighted by matchups involving this 12 months’s MLS Cup individuals, as Japanese Conference champion Sporting Kansas City travels to face the excessive-spending Seattle Sounders and Western Convention champion Real Salt Lake visits the LA Galaxy in a playoff rematch.
With the season ending in late October and Nov. 10-18 set aside for FIFA fixtures, MLS will once once more should determine between scheduling postseason video games during the international dates or having a prolonged break in the course of its playoffs. For the 2013 season, the league scheduled two weeks off between the 2 legs of the conference finals.