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MLS kicks off 20th season with plenty of interesting match-ups

The new MLS season is finally upon us and the opening weekend brings with it a full slate of 10 games including a number of match-ups that should be worth watching.

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It has been a long cold winter for most of us since we last saw MLS teams in action. When we left off, the L.A. Galaxy were celebrating being the first to five and lifting the MLS Cup in the last game of Landon Donovan's career.  Now they are back to open the 2015 season tonight.

Earlier this week the start of the season was very much in doubt thanks to the lack of agreement on a new CBA but now that is behind us and we can all get back to focusing on what we love, actual games.  The opening weekend features a league record of 10 matches with every single one of the league's 20 teams in action at some point over the next three days.

To get you ready for the season we have plenty of different previews from our predicted standings, to our awards predictions, all the way up to the fantastic league wide preview from the entire team on SB Nation MLS.  There is plenty of content to get you ready for MLS's historic 20th season.

So just what should you be watching this weekend outside of the obvious choice of Toronto FC at the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Well, if you want to watch much more you are going to need to grab yourself a MLS Live subscription since TSN will only be showing two games this weekend with TFC-VWFC on Saturday night and the Seattle Sounders hosting the New England Revolution on Sunday night.  If those are the only two games you watch this weekend you would be missing out on some entertaining match-ups.

Chicago Fire @ LA Galaxy (Friday, 10pm):  We have the defending champs opening up the post-Donovan era by taking on a team that drew just about every game last season before making some interesting additions this offseason.  The Fire are not going to be one of the top teams in the league this season and the Galaxy are notoriously slow starters so this probably won't be an instant classic but it is the season opener so that alone is a good enough reason to tune in.

Real Salt Lake @ Portland Timbers (Saturday, 10:30pm): Late night games at Providence Park tend to be some of the entertaining ways to avoid going to sleep on a Saturday night.  Add in the fact that RSL and the Timbers are both teams that will have a lot to prove this season and this is a very interesting matchup.  Both of these clubs will want to show that they have what it takes to be in the mix at the top of the West with the likes of LA and Seattle so grabbing a win here could make an early statement.  There is also a very good chance that this game has a handful of goals in it given the attacking talent on both sides.

New York City FC @ Orlando City SC (Sunday, 5pm): A sold out Citrus Bowl, two expansion teams making their debuts, Kaka and David Villa taking to the field in MLS for the first time, and two teams that should be right in the mix for playoffs spots in the East.  These are just a few reasons to tune in for this game as it should be one of the most exciting match-ups from week one.  It is certainly the most anticipated game given it has been a few years in the making.

New England Revolution @ Seattle Sounders (Sunday, 9:30pm): In this one we have a MLS Cup finalist from last season against the reigning Supporters Shield winners.  Neither team made a major changes to their roster this season though the Revs did bring back Juan Agudelo to bolster their attacking options.  What they did do is keep most of their rosters in tact and should once again find themselves near the top of their respective conferences.  If TFC are going to wind up near the top of the east the Revs are going to be one of the teams they have to go through to get there so this game should give an early sense of what they will be up against.

There are certainly some other interesting games on the schedule but if you like staying up late and have nothing else to do this selection of 5 matches should give you plenty of entertainment.  Join us in the comment section to talk about any of the action from Week one and let us know what games you are most interested in.