Major League Soccer kicks off this weekend, with nine games, 810 minutes of clashes, and club soccer’s return to the U.S. and Canada. With American Outlaws (and their Canadian counterparts) returning from international play to their home clubs, we took a quick look at hotel prices surrounding some of this month’s most interesting games.
Portland has the honor of opening up the season March 3 against league newcomers Minnesota United FC. According to some trivago data, average hotel prices are hovering around $164 for the night, and, as of this posting, Timbers (or Loons) supporters can still snag a seat for $25.
2016 champions Seattle Sounders still have a few games before the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy returns home to CenturyLink Field. The quest for a repeat begins Sunday, March 19 against the New York Red Bulls, with tickets starting at $26 and a Seattle hotel room (in case you make a weekend of it) averaging $187/night.
Last year’s Eastern Conference champs Toronto FC fans have a long wait to welcome their club. On March 31, the Reds take on Sporting Kansas City for their home-opener. Those looking to travel to T-Dot for the game should expect to budget $156 ($209 CAD) for a room. Remaining tickets start at $43 ($57 CAD).
Sunday, March 12 newcomer takes on newcomer with Minnesota United FC hosting expansion team Atlanta United FC for their first ever MLS home match. Minneapolis hotel prices average around $164 on gameday with Saint Paul offering a slight bargain at $143.
Speaking of Atlanta, the South’s newest team takes the home field this weekend on March 5. A hotel downtown costs $192 for the night and remaining tickets (get ‘em fast!) are already up to $50.
For continued soccer coverage, we’ll be monitoring the MLS as the season progresses as well as travel trends surrounding the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.