Yes, the MLS 2022 season kicks off within a twinkle twinkle of an eye. Last season’s Cup winners New York City FC would be hoping for a better outing in a bid to defend their title successfully.
Want to watch the New York City FC retain their MLS Cup trophy this year? There’s not much to say, and we’re going to break down how to watch the MLS in 2022 in the USA and Canada.
Major League Soccer comprises 28 teams—25 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada. Every team would have their match covered based on the league’s broadcast partners, which is location dependent in some cases.
In the USA, ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 ESPN+ ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports, Fox Deportes, UniMás, and TUDN hold the exclusive rights to broadcast live MLS matches, including highlights.
In Canada, the MLS broadcast partners list is CTV, TSN, TVA Sports and DAZN for online streaming.
Major League Soccer matches not televised nationally are broadcast regionally, often by regional sports networks and regionally televised matches are available outside their local markets on ESPN+.
MLS National Broadcasters in the USA 2022
List of Channels
- Fox / FS1 (English)
- Fox Deportes (Spanish)
- ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
- Univision/UniMás/TUDN (via SAP)
- TUDN on Twitter
MLS National Broadcasters in the Canada 2022
- TVA Sports
- DAZN (Online Streaming)
MLS 2022 schedule
The 2022 MLS season kicks off on Saturday, February 26. Each team will play a 34-game regular season, and the 2022 MLS Cup is on Saturday, December 11.
MLS 2022 Season Review and Prediction
New York City FC
New York City FC is the defending Champions of the MLS Cup following their triumph over the Portland Timbers in the 2021 Final.
The New York City FC won their first-ever MLS Cup in a tough encounter that was forced into penalties after regular time finished in a draw. The New York-based club also had an impressive run during the regular season.
The 2021 MLS season brought a huge relief for the New York City FC after years of trials.
Players like Valentín Castellanos, Maxi Moralez and Keaton Parks were at top gear to help the New York-based club claim their first MLS Cup Trophy.
The Timbers had to rely on the last gasp equaliser in the 2021 MLS Cup final after Valentín Castellanos had put the New York City side in front in the first half.
However, missed penalties prevented the Timbers from lifting the second MLS Cup Trophy after losing in their previous attempt in 2018 to Atlanta United FC.
Real Salt Lake City
Real Salt Lake City had one of the best outings last season but could not keep up with the impressive record until the final. For the Salt Lake-based club, positives would be drawn from the previous season’s disappointing end.
Philadelphia Union finished the 2021 MLS season second in the Eastern Conference regular-season and qualified for the playoffs.
The Union progressed to the semi-finals of the MLS Cup playoffs, where they were stopped by eventual winners New York City FC.
Top players to watch
Valentín Castellanos was at his best form last season. The Argentine won the 2021 MLS Golden Boot award after notching 19 goals.
As one of the most consecutive forward in the league, Taty had an average rating last the season at 7.0. The high pressing forward is expected to continue with his excellent form as the New York City hope to defend their first-ever MLS Cup.
Carles Gil plays for New England Revolution. The former European football star moved to the MLS in 2019 and has since established himself as one of the best in the team.
Last season, Gil averaged 6.80 and was part of the New England Revolution team that claimed the MLS Supporters Shield. The 29-year old is expected to continue with his impressive form.
Javier Hernández joined the Los Angeles Galaxy and quickly announced his arrival with a hat-trick against New York Red Bulls.
Hernandez is one of the best players of his generation. He’d played for big European football clubs like Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, West Ham United, etc. Javier finished the 2021 MLS season as one of the top-rated players in the division
List MLS teams for the, 2022 season
Atlanta United FC, CF Montréal, Charlotte FC, Chicago Fire FC, Columbus Crew, DC United, FC Cincinnati, Inter Miami CF, New England Revolution.
New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC.
Austin FC, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, Minnesota United FC, Nashville SC.
Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Don’t miss out on the action. Watch the MLS 2022 season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 ESPN+ ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports, Fox Deportes, UniMás, TUDN, in the USA and CTV, TSN, TVA Sports and DAZN for online streaming.