MLS 2019 Opening Weekend: Odds, TV Guide, Live Stream Info

Less than three months have passed since Atlanta United clinched its first MLS Cup but it's already time for a new season.

The 2019 edition of the MLS brings with it more teams, a new playoff format and a host of new signings. It all kicks off this weekend, when Philadelphia Union hosts Toronto FC at Talen Energy Stadium.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming season.

New teams

The MLS has expanded to 24 teams with the arrival of FC Cincinnati, as Ohio becomes only the second state after Texas and California to have multiple teams in the league. The league will expand to 26 teams next season, with the arrival of Inter Miami and Nashville SC, before Austin FC enters the frame in 2021.

New playoff format

An expanded league also means a revised playoffs format. From this season, a total of 14 teams will qualify for the playoffs, two more than over the last four seasons. Each conference will have seven teams in the playoffs, with the top team in each of the two conferences having a first-round bye.

The second-seeded team will play the seventh-seeded, with the third-placed side facing the sixth-seeded club and the fourth and fifth ranked teams going head-to-head. The winner of the latter game will then take on the team with the best record in the conference.

Title favorites

According to OddsChecker, New York Red Bulls are 5/1 favorite to win the MLS Cup, just ahead of Atlanta United. The Five Stripes won its first MLS Cup last year in only its second season in the league and odds are 6/1 to retain the title, the same odds as the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Los Angeles FC is 8/1, followed by New York City at 9/1 and Seattle Sounders at 10/1.

TV info and live stream

ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision will provide nationwide coverage of the league this season

Fans can also watch the action on Fox Soccer Match Pass, on WatchESPN and on the ESPN app. MLS out-of-market matches will be streamed on ESPN+, while MLSsoccer.com and the MLS App broadcast matches for out-of-market viewers.

All games will be available for live stream on FuboTV, Sling TV and some matches will also be streamed live on Twitter.

Opening weekend schedule

Philadelphia vs Toronto, Saturday 1 p.m. ET (6abc, MLS Live on ESPN+)

Orlando vs New York City FC, Saturday 2.30 p.m. ET (Univision, Twitter)

Columbus vs New York Red Bulls, Saturday 4.30 p.m. ET (SportsTime Ohio, MSG, MLS Live on ESPN+)

FC Dallas vs New England, Saturday 4.30 p.m. ET (Texas 21, NBC Sports Boston, MLS Live on ESPN+)

Colorado vs Portland, Saturday 6 p.m. ET (Altitude, Roots Sports NW, MLS Live on ESPN+)

Houston vs Real Salt Lake, Saturday 6 p.m. ET (KUBE 57, KMYU, MLS Live on ESPN+)

Vancouver vs Minnesota, Saturday 6 p.m. ET (Fox Sports North, MLS Live on ESPN+)

LA Galaxy vs Chicago Fire, Saturday 8 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes)

San Jose vs Montreal, Saturday 10 p.m. ET (NBC Sports California, MLS Live on ESPN+)

Seattle vs FC Cincinnati, Saturday 10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes)

D.C. United vs Atlanta United, Sunday 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Los Angeles FC vs Sporting Kansas City, Sunday 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

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