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MLS 2024 Season Schedule: When will Messi play?

The final game of this year’s season will be played on December 7. Will Inter Miami make it to the match?

Inter Miami CF forward Lionel Messi
Messi passes the ball during the friendly match against argentinian side Newell's Old Boys, on February 15.Sam Navarro (USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con)

The MLS 2024 Season is about to begin and could well be the biggest to date. The popularity of the league has increased in the United States during the last few years and the addition of figures like Lionel Messi has attracted many thousands of more fans to the stadiums.

This year, each team is scheduled to play a total of 34 regular-season games, evenly split between 17 home matches and 17 away matches. The Eastern Conference, consisting of 15 teams, will face each intra-conference opponent twice, totaling 28 games. They will also play one game against six different cross-conference opponents, bringing their total to 34 games. Meanwhile, the Western Conference, comprising 14 teams, will also play two games against each intra-conference opponent, amounting to 26 games. They will also face either one or two additional intra-conference opponents and compete against six or seven different cross-conference opponents, making up their 34-game schedule.

Here are all the important dates of the season including the schedule for the three most popular teams of the league.

Feb. 24-25: MLS is Back weekend

After the season kick off match between Messi’s Inter Miami against Real Salt Lake last wednesday, the league will continue with 14 matches scheduled for the weekend, including the highly anticipated face-off between five time MLS Cup winners LA Galaxy and current Leagues Cup champions Inter Miami.

May 11-18: Rivalry Week

During Rivalry Week, teams with historical or geographical rivalries face-off in highly anticipated matchups. For example, Toronto FC and CF Montreal, both teams of Canada will play in a match that undoubtedly will be watch by a large amount of Canadian fans. Here are the matches for the week:

DateMatchTimeWhere to watch
May 11Columbus Crew vs FC Cincinnati7.30 p.m. ETApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
May 12Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders4.30 p.m. ETApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
May 15Orlando City vs Inter Miami7.30 p.m. ETApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 18Toronto FC vs CF Montréal7.30 p.m. ETApple TV - MLS Season Pass

July 4: El Tráfico at the Rose Bowl

One of the league’s biggest rivalries is between the two Los Angeles teams: LA Galaxy and LAFC, who face each other in El Tráfico, their classic yearly game, which last year set an all-time MLS attendance record during Independence Day with 82,110 fans. The game will be played at the Rose Bowl and it will be available on streaming with the MLS Season Pass.

July 24: MLS All-Star Game

The Columbus Crew will be the host for their first MLS All-Star Game since 2005. Fans can already register to get priority access to tickets. The match will be played at Lower.com Field on Wednesday, July 24. According to the MLS website, the week will have “world-class soccer events, music, interactive fan experiences and community-focused events to Ohio’s capital city”. The opponent will be announced later in the season.

July 26-August 25: Leagues Cup

The competition featuring all MLS teams and LIGA MX teams will return this year with a month-long pause in the MLS season. The tournament will begin on Friday, July 26 and will conclude on Sunday, August 25.

Oct. 19: Decision Day

October 19 will be the final matchday for the regular season with 14 games.

Dec. 7: MLS Cup 2024

The final game of the postseason, which will end with a champion will take place on Saturday December 7. The finalist with the better regular-season record will host the match.

Inter Miami 2024 matches

Lionel Messi has made Inter Miami one of the most popular teams on the league, but he’s not the only star on the roster. His former FC Barcelona teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are now part of the team and their addition has been credited as the main reason the team got the latest Leagues Cup title, the club’s first trophy in it’s six year history. Here’s all their matches for this year’s season. All times are local.

DateMatchTimePlaceWhere to watch
February 25LA Galaxy vs Inter Miami8.00 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 2Inter Miami vs Orlando3.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX, TSN4
March 7TBC vs Inter Miami8.00 p.m.TBC
March 10Inter Miami vs Montreal3.00 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 13Inter Miami vs TBC6.15 p.m.Chase Stadium
March 16D.C. vs Inter Miami12.00 p.m.Audi FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 23New York vs Inter Miami12.00 p.m.Red Bull ArenaApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 30Inter Miami vs New York City5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 6Inter Miami vs Colorado5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 13Kansas City vs Inter Miami6.30 p.m.GEHA Field at Arrowhead StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 20Inter Miami vs Nashville5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 27New England vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.Gillette StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 4Inter Miami vs New York5.30 p.m.Chase Stadium
May 11Montreal vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.Stade Saputo
May 15Orlando vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.INTER&CO Stadium
May 18Inter Miami vs D.C.5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 25Vancouver vs Inter Miami8.30 p.m.BC PlaceApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 29Inter Miami vs Atlanta5.30 p.m.Chase Stadium
June 1Inter Miami vs St. Louis5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 15Philadelphia vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.Subaru ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 19Inter Miami vs Columbus5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 29Nashville vs Inter Miami6.30 p.m.GEODIS ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 3Charlotte vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.Bank of America StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 6Cincinnati vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.TQL StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 17Inter Miami vs Toronto5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 20Inter Miami vs Chicago5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
August 24Inter Miami vs Cincinnati5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
August 31Chicago vs Inter Miami6.30 p.m.Soldier FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 14Inter Miami vs Philadelphia5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 18Atlanta vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.Mercedes-Benz StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 21New York City vs Inter Miami12.00 p.m.Yankee StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 28Inter Miami vs Charlotte5.30 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 2Columbus vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.Lower.com FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
October 5Toronto vs Inter Miami5.30 p.m.BMO FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 19Inter Miami vs New England4.00 p.m.Chase StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass

LA Galaxy matches

Although LA Galaxy didn’t manage to make the playoffs on 2023 for the second year in a row, it still is one of the league most followed clubs. The team has a record five MLS Cups and they could chase a sixth one with a roster that includes Uruguayan Diego Fagundez, Brazillian Gabriel Pec and Mexican Jonathan Perez. Here’s their matches for this year. All times are local.

DateMatchTimePlaceWhere to watch
February 25LA Galaxy vs Miami8.00 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 2San Jose vs LA Galaxy9.30 p.m.PayPal ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 10Nashville vs LA Galaxy1.00 p.m.GEODIS ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 16LA Galaxy vs St. Louis8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 23Kansas City vs LA Galaxy6.30 p.m.Children’s Mercy ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 30LA Galaxy vs Seattle8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 6LAFC vs LA Galaxy5.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
April 13Vancouver vs LA Galaxy8.30 p.m.BC PlaceApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 21LA Galaxy vs San José6.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
April 27Austin vs LA Galaxy11.30 a.m.Q2 StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
May 5Seattle vs LA Galaxy4.30 p.m.Lumen FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
May 11LA Galaxy vs Salt Lake8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports Park
May 15Minnesota vs LA Galaxy6.30 p.m.Allianz Field
May 18Charlotte vs LA Galaxy5.30 p.m.Bank of America Stadium
May 25LA Galaxy vs Houston8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 29LA Galaxy vs Dallas8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 1Chicago vs LA Galaxy6.30 p.m.Soldier FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 15LA Galaxy vs Kansas City8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 19LA Galaxy vs New York City8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 22Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy7.30 p.m.America First FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 29San Jose vs LA Galaxy8.30 p.m.Stanford StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 4LA Galaxy vs LAFC8.30 p.m.Rose BowlApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 7LA Galaxy vs Minnesota8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 13Dallas vs LA Galaxy6.30 p.m.Toyota StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 17LA Galaxy vs Colorado8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 20LA Galaxy vs Portland8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
August 24LA Galaxy vs Atlanta8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 1St. Louis vs LA Galaxy12.30 p.m.CITYPARKApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
September 14LA Galaxy vs LAFC8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 18Portland vs LA Galaxy8.30 p.m.Providence ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 21LA Galaxy vs Vancouver8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 2Colorado vs LA Galaxy7.30 p.m.Dick’s Sporting Goods ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 5LA Galaxy vs Austin8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 19Houston vs LA Galaxy7.00 p.m.Shell Energy StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass

LAFC matches

LAFC finished in second place in the MLS Cup 2023 after losing to the Columbus Crew, and it also was a runner-up in the CONCACAF Champions League to Club León from the LIGA MX. Denis Bouanga from Gabon is their best player, who last season managed to score the impressive amount of 20 goals, followed by Mexican Carlos Vela who scored nine. Here are their matches for this year. All times are local.

DateMatchTimePlaceWhere to watch
February 24LAFC vs Seattle3.45 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
March 2Salt Lake vs LAFC1.00 p.m.America First FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 9LAFC vs Kansas City9.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 16Minnesota vs LAFC6.30 p.m.Allianz FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 23LAFC vs Nashville8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
March 30Colorado vs LAFC2.00 p.m.Dick’s Sporting Goods ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 6LAFC vs LA Galaxy5.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
April 13Portland vs LAFC2.30 p.m.Providence ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FOX
April 20LAFC vs New York8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
April 27LAFC vs Portland8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 5San Jose vs LAFC5.30 p.m.Levi’s StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 11LAFC vs Vancouver8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 15St. Louis vs LAFC6.30 p.m.CITYPARKApple TV - MLS Season Pass
May 25Atlanta vs LAFC5.30 p.m.Mercedes-Benz Stadium
May 29LAFC vs Minnesota8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
June 1LAFC vs Dallas8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 15Orlando vs LAFC5.30 p.m.INTER&CO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 19Austin vs LAFC6.30 p.m.Q2 StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 22LAFC vs San Jose8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
June 29LAFC vs Colorado8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 4LA Galaxy vs LAFC8.30 p.m.Rose BowlApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 7Houston vs LAFC6.30 p.m.Shell Energy StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 13LAFC vs Columbus8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
July 17LAFC vs Salt Lake8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
July 20Seattle vs LAFC8.30 p.m.Lumen FieldApple TV - MLS Season Pass
August 24Vancouver vs LAFC5.30 p.m.BC PlaceApple TV - MLS Season Pass
August 31LAFC vs Houston8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 14LA Galaxy vs LAFC8.30 p.m.Dignity Health Sports ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 18LAFC vs Austin8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass, FS1
September 21Dallas vs LAFC6.30 p.m.Toyota StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
September 28Cincinnati vs LAFC5.30 p.m.TQL StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 2LAFC vs St. Louis8.30 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 5Kansas City vs LAFC6.30 p.m.Children’s Mercy ParkApple TV - MLS Season Pass
October 19LAFC vs San Jose7.00 p.m.BMO StadiumApple TV - MLS Season Pass

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