On Saturday, February 26, the new, 27th season in MLS starts. The new campaign in the overseas league will open with the match “Philadelphia” – “Minnesota”. The regular season will end on October 9th, after which the playoffs will begin. The MLS CUP final – the fight for the trophy – will take place on November 5th. This is earlier than usual so that the players have enough time to prepare for the World Cup. Now you can make bets on this league with 22Bet bookmaker TZ.
New York city
Let’s start with the reigning champion. At one time, many eminent football players played for New York City: Frank Lampard, David Villa, Andrea Pirlo. But the Yankees won the MLS CUP for the first time only in 2021, without having star players in the roster. This was certainly a success for the club, which is part of the City Football Group.
New York had a tight game against Portland in the tournament final, only winning the trophy on penalties. Now the Yankees will defend the title. New York City have already played one match in the CONCACAF Champions League this season, beating Costa Rican Santos 2-0. A positive start to the new year is very important, especially for a champion.
Los Angeles Galaxy
This club has always received increased attention. Firstly, because he is the most titled in the MLS. LA Galaxy has won the league title 5 times (the most) and reached the league final 4 more times. Secondly, this is the most “fashionable” MLS club. At one time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham played for him.
Now Chicharito plays there, and quite well. Douglas Costa from Gremio came to his aid, although the Brazilian is still bound by a contract with Juventus. This club is always trying to invite star players. They don’t call it “Los Galacticos” for nothing. Galaxy is always interesting to watch, although the team’s recent results leave much to be desired.
There is another Los Angeles in the MLS. This club is more modest than Galaxy, but also interesting. Los Angeles has never won a championship or even made it to the finals, but regularly makes the playoffs. In the 2019 season, LA defeated its principal rival, Galaxy, at the quarterfinal stage.
That year in Los Angeles there was an interesting scorer race, in which Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela, notorious in Europe, participated. The first then scored 31 goals for the season, the second – 36 goals. After that season, the Swede left the MLS. The Mexican remained in Los Angeles, but is still far from past performance. Perhaps things will get better in the new season.