San Jose Clash - celebration - 1996 first game
Tony Quinn

Happy birthday MLS! We're throwing a party and you're invited

As you may have heard by now, April 6, 1996 marked the official start of Major League Soccer when D.C. United and the San Jose Clash met at Spartan Stadium.

In celebration of all that’s since unfolded, we’re throwing it back to reflect on how far MLS has come in the past quarter century. Here’s some of what to expect across digital and social platforms.

Watch it with the legends

MLS Classics: Remix have helped fill the downtime caused by COVID-19, and the one that airs 4 pm ET Monday is special for neutrals and diehards alike. 

The stream will include MLS legends Jeff Agoos and Eric Wynalda, who played in the game, providing real-time video commentary via KISWE's streaming technology alongside current D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Extratime host David Gass.

The match will air on YouTube and Facebook, with live coverage on Twitter. It follows previous “Remix” re-airs after the first El Trafico between LAFC and the LA Galaxy, plus 2018 MLS Cup between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers, got a similar treatment. 

90s look

If MLSsoccer.com and our various social media channels look a bit different, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. We’ve turned back to 1996, with the old MLS logo and colorways found across those platforms.

Teams that have been part of MLS since the beginning have also changed their social media handles to their old logos. You’ll be able to track the #MLSin96 hashtag, too.

What you need to know

Feeling nostalgic about what used to be in MLS? We’ve been covering all angles with insight and analysis.

New Instagram handle

The new instagram handle @MLSin96 will chronicle the entirety of the inaugural MLS season in “real-time” throughout 2020. There’s already plenty of content up there, so be sure to press follow, sit back and enjoy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ready?! Our inaugural season kicks off TODAY, and we couldn’t be any more excited. 🙌

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