It will be another cold February evening start for TFC with their first home game of 2019 vs.Club Atlético Independiente (from Panama) on Tuesday night February 26th. 2nd game of the two game CONCACAF Champions League opening round. They play the week before in Panama.
The MLS regular season sees TFC playing in Philly on March 2nd. TFC’s MLS regular season home opener is on St. Paddy’s Day afternoon. Oh what a party that should be.
Big change to the MLS playoffs for 2019. The top 7 teams in each division make the playoffs. The first place team will get a bye. Team 2 will host Team 7, Team 3 will host Team 6 and Team 4 will host Team 5 in one game sudden death format. After that round the conference semi-finals and finals will also be a one game sudden death format with the higher ranked team being the host.
No more two game home and home format.
And by doing it this way they will fit the entire playoffs in between the two international breaks and the MLS Cup will be done and dusted by Novmber 10 - about a month earlier.
Helps avoid the likelihood of bad winter weather impacting games plus it works for the following year when the 2020 Qatar World Cup starts on November 21.