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Major League Soccer released its schedule for the 2021 season on Wednesday with each of the league's 27 clubs set to play 34 games, 17 home and 17 away, over the course of the regular season. Here are all the details on how the two conferences will be aligned and how the schedule has been constructed for the coming season. 

Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Atlanta United
Austin FC
Chicago Fire FC
Colorado Rapids
FC Cincinnati
FC Dallas
Columbus Crew SC
Houston Dynamo FC
D.C. United
Los Angeles FC
Inter Miami CF
LA Galaxy
CF Montréal
Minnesota United FC
Nashville SC
Portland Timbers FC
New England Revolution
Real Salt Lake
New York City FC
San Jose Earthquakes
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
Orlando City SC
Sporting Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Toronto FC

Schedule Construction

Eastern Conference

  • The 14 Eastern Conference teams will play each of six regional Eastern Conference opponents three times (18 games) and the seven remaining Eastern Conference opponents twice (14 games)
  • Eastern Conference teams will play two cross-conference games, facing a different Western Conference opponent for each of those matches (2 games)

Western Conference

  • Eleven of the 13 Western Conference teams will play eight regional Western Conference opponents three times (24 games) and the remaining four Western Conference opponents twice (8 games)
  • Those 11 Western Conference teams will play two cross-conference games, facing a different Eastern Conference opponent for each of those matches (2 games)
  • Due to the odd number of clubs in the Western Conference, two Western Conference teams will have a slightly different schedule construction:
  • Those two teams will play seven Western Conference opponents three times (21 games), and the five remaining Western Conference opponents twice (10 games) 
  • They will also play three cross-conference matches against three different Eastern Conference opponents (3 games)

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