Mark your calendars for a little schedule change. On Friday, Major League Soccer announced that the league is pushing up the kickoff times for all matches in Week 33, the penultimate week of the regular season. All 10 matches are scheduled for Sunday, October 16.
The five games involving Eastern Conference teams will now kick off at 5 pm ET instead of 3 pm ET, with the Western Conference games following at 5 pm ET instead of 7 pm ET.
FC Dallas was slated to host the Seattle Sounders at 6pm, now that kickoff has been moved up to 4pm.
Both Week 33 and Decision Day – on the last week of the season – will feature flex scheduling allowing national broadcasters to decide which matches to telecast late in the season, bringing the fans the most compelling games as the dust settles over the playoff landscape.
Last year’s Decision Day was pretty remarkable for the league and seeing them do this to the second-to-last week is also pretty cool too. What do you all make of this news?