MLS 2023 schedule: Key matchups, Apple streaming details, how to watch

The 2023 Major League Soccer season will kick off on Feb. 25 with opening weekend matches available for free on the Apple TV app, MLS announcedTuesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • This is the first season of the league’s 10-year partnership with Apple, with the tech giant paying $2.5 billion for the rights to show every MLS match.
  • St. Louis City SC opens its inaugural season with a tough trip to Q2 Stadium to play Western Conference finalist Austin F.C on Feb. 25 at 8:30 pm ET. The expansion club will host Charlotte F.C on March 4 at 8:30 pm ET in its inaugural MLS home match.
  • The All-Star Game will take place on July 19 at Audi Field, the home venue of DC United. The opponent will be announced at a later date, MLS said.
  • Beginning in 2023, all 47 MLS and Liga MX clubs will compete in a reimagined Leagues Cup, as the month-long, Concacaf-sanctioned event will become the first major soccer tournament to feature every club from two top-flight leagues, per MLS. (The league’s regular season will pause for the tournament following July 15 games and resume on Aug. 20.)

key matchup

MLS opening weekend

  • Nashville SC wants host NYCFC on Feb. 25 at 4:30 pm ET as the first game of the 2023 MLS season.
  • LA Galaxy opens its season against defending MLS Cup champions LAFC in the El Tráfico rivalry matchup on Feb. 25 at 9:30 pm at the Rose Bowl.

Rivalry week

  • Rivalry week will take place May 13-20, beginning with Atlanta United hosting Charlotte FC on May 13 at 7:30 pm ET. At the same time, the New York Red Bulls will face NYCFC at Red Bull Arena. (Note: NYCFC will split games between venues with nine at Yankee Stadium, six at Citi Field and two TBD.)
  • LA Galaxy will play the San Jose Earthquakes at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 14 at 9:30 pm ET, which will be followed by nine games to close the weekend.

MLS Cup rematch

  • the PhiladelphiaUnion face LAFC on Sept. 23, pitting last year’s MLS Cup finalists against each other.

MLS Decision Day 2023

  • All teams will face intra-conference opponents ahead of playoffs on MLS decision day on Oct. 21 with kickoff times to be announced at a later date.
  • Details on the 2023 playoff schedule will also be announced at a later date, MLS said.

Schedule

See the full schedule here.

With St. Louis City SC joining the Western Conference, Nashville SC rejoins the Eastern Conference in 2023. All Eastern Conference teams will play two games against each conference opponent and one game against six different non-conference opponents. All Western Conference teams will play two games against each conference opponent, one or two additional games against a conference opponent and one game against six or seven different non-conference opponents.

MLS wants pause during FIFA‘s international windows in October and November. Thirteen MLS teams elected to play during the June and September FIFA international window.

The five MLS teams that have qualified for the Concacaf Champions League — Austin FC, Orlando City SCLAFC, Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps FC — begin Round of 16 play on March 7-9.

the Seattle Sounders are set to play in the FIFA Club World Cup, which begins Feb. 1-11 in Morocco. Match dates and times have not yet been confirmed, per MLS.

MLS Apple streaming, how to watch

Fans will be able to watch every regular-season, playoff and Leagues Cup match on MLS Season Pass, the league’s new subscription streaming service on the Apple TV app that launches Feb. 1.

A subscription to MLS Season Pass will be included with each full-season ticket account. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share the subscription using their own Apple ID and password.

In 2023, Fox Sports will air 34 matches, including 15 on Fox and 19 on FS1, with all Fox Sports broadcasts providing Spanish-language on Fox Deportes. The extensive schedule of TSN and RDS regular season matches will be announced in the coming weeks, per MLS, with at least one match per week featuring a Canadian team.

National broadcast schedule

MLS National Broadcast Schedule, 2023

dates Home away Categories Start (ET) Start (Local Time) Comments

2/25/23

Nashville

new York

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

3:30pm

2/26/23

Seattle

Colorado

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

8:00 PM

5:00 PM

3/4/23

LAFC

Portland

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

1:30pm

3/11/23

Charlotte

Atlanta

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

12:00 PM

12:00 PM

3/18/23

Seattle

LAFC

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

3:00 PM

12:00 PM

3/25/23

Portland

LA Galaxy

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

1:30pm

4/1/23

LA Galaxy

Seattle

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

4:30pm

4/8/23

LAFC

austin

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

4:30pm

4/16/23

LA Galaxy

LAFC

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

1:30pm

4/23/23

Atlanta

Chicago

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

4:30pm

4/29/23

Nashville

Atlanta

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

1:30pm

12:30 PM

4/30/23

Minnesota

Dallas

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

9:00 PM

8:00 PM

5/7/23

Seattle

Kansas City

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

1:30pm

5/14/23

LA Galaxy

San Jose

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM

6:30pm

Rivalry Week

5/17/23

Philadelphia

DC

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

7:30pm

Rivalry Week

5/20/23

st louis

Kansas City

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM

9:30 PM

Rivarly Week

5/28/23

Nashville

Columbus

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

8:30 PM

7:30pm

5/28/23

Kansas City

Portland

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

3:00 PM

3:00 PM

5/31/23

Atlanta

New England

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

7:30pm

6/3/23

Seattle

Portland

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

1:30pm

6/11/23

Portland

Dallas

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

10:00 PM

7:00 PM

6/11/23

st louis

LA Galaxy

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

1:00 PM

12:00 PM

7/2/23

Atlanta

Philadelphia

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:00 PM

4:00 PM

7/15/23

Atlanta

Orlando

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

7:30pm

8/20/23

Columbus

cincinnati

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

7:30pm

8/20/23

st louis

austin

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM

8:30 PM

8/27/23

Minnesota

Seattle

Apple/FOX/FOX Deportes

4:30pm

3:30pm

9/3/23

Philadelphia

New York Red Bulls

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

7:30pm

9/17/23

austin

Portland

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

8:30 PM

8:30 PM

9/24/23

Orlando

Miami

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

7:30pm

7:30pm

9/24/23

austin

LA Galaxy

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM

8:30 PM

10/1/23

LAFC

Real Salt Lake

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

8:00 PM

5:00 PM

10/4/23

Nashville

Orlando

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

8:30 PM

7:30pm

10/4/23

LAFC

Minnesota

Apple/FS1/FOX Deportes

10:30 PM

7:30pm

*All national broadcasts on FOX and FS1 are also available on FOX Deportes and Apple.

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