Major League Soccer opening weekend: Game times, TV and streaming info

The 2018 Major League Soccer season — the 23rd in league history — opens this weekend.

Four games can be seen on national television in the United States, including the inaugural game for MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club. Non-nationally televised games are available to fans on MLSsoccer.Com, the MLS app, Apple TV andRoku.

Each team plays a 34-game schedule (17 home, 17 away), with the regular season concluding on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Here is everything you need to know heading into the first weekend of play this MLS season:.

KEY DATES.

World Cup break: June 14-22MLS All-Star Game: Aug. 1, to be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AtlantaDecision Day: Oct. 28, with all regular-season finales played at same timePlayoffs: Oct. 31, top six finishers in Eastern and Western Conferences qualifyMLS Cup: Dec. 8, held at home stadium of finalist with the highest regular-season point total.

OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE.

(All times Eastern).

Saturday, March 3.

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC (BMO Field, Toronto), 1 p.M.

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Houston Dynamo vs. Atlanta United FC (BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston), 3:30 p.M. TV: Univision.

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution (Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.), 7 p.M.

Orlando City SC vs. D.C. United (Orlando City Stadium), 7:30 p.M.

FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake (Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas), 8 p.M. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Minnesota United FC (Avaya Stadium, San Jose), 10:30 p.M.

Sunday, March 4.

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Los Angeles FC (CenturyLink Field, Seattle), 5 p.M. TV: ESPN.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact (BC Place, Vancouver), 6 p.M.

Sporting Kansas City vs. New York City FC (Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City), 7:30 p.M. TV: FS1.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers (StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.), 10 p.M., TV: FS1.

• Complete schedule.

MUST-READ STORIES.

MLS preseason power rankings:Toronto FC remains MLS Cup favorite.

MLS season predictions:Can anybody knock off Toronto FC?

MLS story lines:Five things to watch during the 2018 season.

More:Top five playoff contenders for 2018.

More:Expansion LAFC opens inaugural season on road.

More:With no U.S. World Cup team, MLS focus is on young talent.

More:Seattle Sounders believe major injury doesn’t alter 2018 hopes.

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