World Cup 2022 draw: How to watch, who has qualified, how it works

To best align with the 2022 international soccer calendar, the MLS regular season began earlier than ever before, kicking off on Feb. 26. It will run through Decision Day, the regular-season finale, on Oct. 9.

Following three consecutive weeks of Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs action, MLS Cup will be played on Nov. 5, more than two weeks prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Nov. 21 and more than a week prior to the player release date on Nov. 14.

While the wintertime World Cup is causing many leagues abroad to go on pause, the MLS schedule’s cadence fits rather seamlessly into the tournament’s structure.