MLS 2018 schedule includes 9-day break for World Cup

Craig Mitchelldyer  Portland Timbers

Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas in which a handful of the top collegiate underclassmen and select youth national team players are signed to MLS contracts and made available in the SuperDraft.

Portland also will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC twice during the regular season, with the Timbers set to host the Whitecaps on August 11, before traveling to Vancouver to play the final game of the regular season on October 28.

The World Cup break will run from June 14-22, during the group stage of the tournament. This year's MLS Cup final rematch will see defending champion Toronto FC host the Sounders on May 9 at BMO Field.

In MLS's 23rd season, Los Angeles FC becomes MLS's 23rd team and second in LA, where on April 29, the Sounders help open the new, 22,000-seat Banc of California stadium on the old Memorial Sports Arena site next to the Coliseum. The team's schedule is somewhat sparse to open things up, as the Sounders will play just the three games over a span of almost six weeks until a fourth regular-season match, at Kansas City, on April 15. But those two teams will each play the Vancouver Whitecaps just twice, impacting the point system for the rivalry's annual trophy. He was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team in 2017 after starting all 16 matches he played. The league also announced the signings of three additional collegiate players ahead of the SuperDraft. "He's a proven attacking player and one of the best goalscorers in college soccer for the last three years".

The MLS All-Star Game is set for August 1 hosted by Atlanta United, with the worldwide opponent yet to be announced.

The Timbers will face the Sounders on May 13 at Providence Park, June 30 at CenturyLink Field and August 26 back home.

The season could be the last in Columbus for the Crew.

MLS, which previously announced each club's home opener for the 2018 season, confirmed the first match between the LA Galaxy and expansion side Los Angeles FC will be held March 31 at StubHub Center. They have played at Mapfre Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the league, since 1999.



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