Los Angeles’ Major League Soccer (MLS) season has officially begun, with the season kicking off with a preseason friendly on Sunday, March 11th at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The 2018 regular season will start in March and wrap up in June.
The league will have 12 teams, eight teams in the MLS Cup Playoffs and four teams in their inaugural season in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The 2018 MLS Cup will be the first major league tournament since the league moved to North America.
While the regular season and playoffs will be played on a 24-game schedule, MLS will have seven matches during the season, which will see the top eight teams play six of their remaining eight matches in a home-and-home series that begins March 22nd.
The league will be holding its season finale on March 31st, with all eight matches being played on the road.
This is also the first season for MLS to feature a doubleheader, meaning a team will play three home games and three away games, as well as a home/away game and a road game.
The MLS regular season starts on March 11, with three matches each day, with a final match on Saturday, March 18th at 10:30pm ET.
The teams will face off in the opening round of the regular round, where they will face each other at the StubHub Centre.
There will be a total of three matches in this round, with two of those games coming in the round of 32 and the other two coming in round of 64.
The next round of matches will take place on April 1st, which features two games each day with a last match taking place on Friday, April 7th at 9:30am ET.
Then, in the second round, the top two teams will be eliminated.
There is no knockout stage in the league, meaning teams will only qualify for the playoffs if they finish above the top four.