The inaugural season of MLS NEXT Pro kicks off this Friday in St. Louis, as St Louis CITY2 hosts RNY FC at Hermann Stadium (8 p.m. ET). A sellout crowd is expected.
Friday’s match will be the first MLS NEXT Pro “Game of the Week,” with an enhanced broadcast featuring MLS Great, New England Revolution legend and current ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman, plus Steve Cangialosi, Poppy Miller and Susannah Collins.
The match will be streamed on mlsnextpro.com.
The new third-tier league will have a new wrinkle or two with the inclusion of shootouts for regular season matches that remain tied at the end of regulation. Clubs will break the deadlock using a traditional shootout of kicks from the penalty mark.
With approximately 25 percent of MLS games resulting in ties in the last three years and 20 percent of men’s World Cup knockout games since 1998 decided by shootouts, MLS NEXT Pro’s shootouts will be a unique completion of games.