In terms of the big-picture framework, not much. This is MLS’ third season as a 19-team league. Once again, there will be a 34-game regular season with the top five teams in each conference qualifying for the playoffs.
In the Western Conference, each club again will play their eight in-conference opponents three times and all of the Eastern clubs once.
For the Sounders, this is a repeat of two seasons ago, when they will play Cascadia rivals Portland and Vancouver once at home and twice away.
The major twist this season is a two-week break from June 12-24 to accommodate group play in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The MLS All-Star Game will come to the Northwest on Aug. 6, when Bayern Munich meets the MLS stars at Portland’s newly renamed Providence Park.