Major League Soccer (MLS) is the top flight of professional men’s association football league in the United States.
While not as popular as some other leagues such as the premier league, it is a league loved by expats and football fanatics.
Today we’ll show you how to watch major league soccer MLS games in New Zealand.
What is Major League Soccer?
It is governed by the United States Soccer Federation, who represent the highest level of soccer in the US. 24 teams compete each season in the MLS, 21 from the United States and 3 from Canada. It is projected to grow to 28 teams by 2022, and then again to 30 at a later date.
MLS is a relatively new league, at least compared to other tier 1 football leagues in the world, founded in 1993 with its first season taking place in 1996. Seasons run from March to October, teams playing 34 matches each.
Teams within the league are not independently owned, but instead operated and owned by the league’s investors. Moreover, membership within the league is fixed, so there is no promotion or relegation system in the MLS, which is common for sports leagues in the US and Canada, but uncommon within the broader context of world football.
How The League Works?
The 24 teams (at present) are divided into Eastern and Western conferences, and each team plays each other in its conference twice (one home, one away) and one match against teams from the other conference only once.
By the season’s end, the team who accumulated the most points win the Supporters Shield and is given home ground advantage for the playoffs. 14 teams participate in the MLS Playoff Cup, the top seven from each conference, who compete in a knockout tournament to determine the participants of the league’s finale, the MLS Cup.
Major League Soccer History
Major League Soccer has grown rapidly since its inception, particularly in the late 2000’s. Initially the league struggled to even be profitable, as relatively low attendance and interest from fans saw limited endorsement and sponsorship opportunities to inject money into the league.
An estimated $250 million USD was lost during the first five years of the season, with a total of $350 million until 2004. However, the league has since become the United States’ third highest sports league in terms of attendance, at roughly 20,000 viewers per match.
The acquisition of international superstars throughout the years such as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimović has also helped give the league more international attention from football fans worldwide.
The most successful team in the league’s history are La Galaxy, followed closely by D.C United, who have won 5 and four MLS cups, respectively.
The 2018/2019 season was won by Atlanta United FC, following a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers, which was the first MLS victory for the club. A particularly outstanding performance from Josef Martinez was in no small part the key to their success, who scored 31 goals throughout the season, which was far and away the highest, second only to Ibrahimović at 22.
The 2018/2019 also saw the introduction of a new team, Los Angeles FC, who managed to finish third in the Western Conference.
Watch Major League Soccer NZ
Date: March – October
NZ Broadcaster: Bein, ESPN
Australia: Kayo, Foxtel, Bein
UK: Sky Sports UK
Best Option: DAZN or Kayo
You can watch the major league soccer MLS games using Kayo Sports via their official app. To bypass the geo-restriction you can use a VPN software from PureVPN which is the most affordable and reliable provider from our extensive testing.
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How To Use PureVPN with Kayo Sports?
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Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email with your login details. Make a note of these and then proceed to choose the device type you wish to install their application on.
If you were planning to use your laptop to watch Kayo Sports then download the app for your device, Windows or Mac.
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Once installed, login to your account and choose an ‘Australia based server.’
Now visit the Kayo app or website, create an account and start streaming the Carabao Cup.
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