Major League Soccer unveils plans to celebrate 25th season amidst ongoing contract talks with players' association

The Associated Press

Major League Soccer has unveiled its plans to celebrate its 25th season, including a jersey reveal ahead of New York Fashion Week.

The 26-team league, including expansion teams in Miami and Nashville, kicks off its 2020 season on 29 February.

In the run-up to the season, Adidas and the league will reveal new jerseys on 5 February, a day before Fashion Week gets underway. Commissioner Don Garber, team owners, coaches and players will also hold a league-wide media event in New York later in the month to preview the season.

MLS will be highlighting former players throughout the year, culminating in November with a "25 Greatest'' list, based on input from fans, the media, coaches and players. After the MLS Cup final, fans will also be asked to select the greatest goal in league history.

The announcement Wednesday highlighting the league's plans for the anniversary season comes amid ongoing contract talks between the MLS and its players' association. Failure to reach a new collective bargaining agreement could result in a work stoppage and put off the start of the season.

The MLS SuperDraft for college players is set for Thursday. The league's All-Star Game will be played at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on 29 July against top players from Mexico's top league, Liga MX.

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