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MLS kicking off 26th season with games in Houston, Seattle

Major League Soccer will kick off its 26th season on April 16 with a match in Seattle between the Sounders and Minnesota United.
Credit: AP
Seattle Sounders' Joao Paulo (6) dribbles past Minnesota United's Chase Gasper (77), Emanuel Reynoso (10) and Jan Gregus (8) during the first half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final soccer match, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Major League Soccer will kick off its 26th season on April 16 with a match in Houston between the Dynamo and the San Jose Earthquakes and another in Seattle between the Sounders and Minnesota United. 

The rest of the season openers are scheduled for the weekend of April 17-18. 

The league's newest team, Austin FC, will play its inaugural game April 17 against LAFC at Banc of California Stadium. 

The league's three Canadian teams will relocate to the United States to start the season because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions between the two countries.