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MLS delays season opener until April 17

it's a 34-game season
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during the leagues 25th Season kickoff event in New York. Major League Soccer has extended its deadline for negotiating adjustments to the existing collective bargaining agreement until Feb. 4 and warned it is prepared to lock out players if a deal isn't reached by then. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Commissioner Don Garber says the Major League Soccer season will begin on April 17, two weeks later than originally announced because of extended labor negotiations. 

The league will set a new date for teams to open preseason training camps in the near future. The season schedule will also be announced soon. 

The league faces a congested competition calendar because of the delays caused by the labor talks. The league’s 27 teams will play a 34-game regular season.