MLS returns to our screens this weekend as the opening round of regular-season matches take place. Here are the top five matches to watch across the opening weekend.
26 teams will begin their campaigns over the next few days, all with the hope of becoming Major League Soccer Cup champions on November 7. Will LAFC and Seattle be the teams to focus on at the top again this time around? Can the expansion sides cause a shock or two in their inaugural seasons in the league?
Starting with the opening weekend, we will be pointing out our top five matches to watch over each round of fixtures here at MLS Multiplex. There are plenty of big stories ahead of the start of the 2020 term, with the majority focusing on both the debuts of expansion sides Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF, and how the reigning champions Seattle Sounders, will get on this time round.
So, with the stage set, here are the top-five matches to watch on the opening weekend of the MLS regular season.
5. D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids
The 2020 season kicks off in the capital, with D.C. United playing host to the Colorado Rapids in the opening match of the new campaign. It might not be the most exciting match of the weekend for the neutral supporter, but it is the first MLS game of the season, the year, the decade. You just have to watch it, it is as simple as that.
D.C. come into the match without their star player from a year ago after Wayne Rooney made the move back to England, signing for Derby County. They also lost Luciano Acosta, the Englishman’s strike partner through the 2019 campaign. In turn, they brought in Edison Flores, and he will be aiming to become the club’s star attacker in the 2020 season. And he will face his chances against a Colorado side that conceded 63 goals last year.
The Rapids will be aiming for a first victory over the side from the capital in ten attempts, having gone nearly nine years since their last win over D.C. United are looking to make the postseason again, while it has been a while since the Rapids have tasted playoff football. As the first game of the 2020 MLS campaign, this game has more than just the one story going into Saturday afternoon.