2020 is the year of soccer. These next 12 months, soccer fans all around the world will brace themselves for the highs of victory while trying to avoid the lows of defeat. Here are seven events all fans should be getting ready for:
1. The start of the 2020 MLS season
Major League Soccer will celebrate its 25th season with the addition of two new teams. Nashville FC will kick off its inaugural season against Atlanta United on February 29 at home. While Inter Miami begins on the road against LAFC on March 1. How will these two teams play out? We’ll have seven months of regular season action to find out.
2. Liverpool might actually win its FIRST EVER Premier League title
That’s right. Liverpool has never won a Premier League title. In fact, the last time the Reds won a league title was almost 30 years ago when the team finished atop the First Division table during the 1989-90 season. Will 2020 be Liverpool’s year? Better yet, can they make it an even better year by defending their Champions League crown?
3. The UEFA Champions League Final
If Liverpool wins, let’s just dub 2020 “Liverpool’s Year.” But the showdown in Istanbul is far from being decided as the likes of Barcelona, PSG, Real Madrid and Man City are serious contenders. All eyes are on the Round of 16 showdown between Real Madrid and Man City, but don’t count out the potential rise of Bayern Munich and Juventus.
4. South America will shine in the 47th edition of Copa America
Twelve teams, including invited nations Australia and Qatar, will chase glory beginning June 12. For the first time since the tournament’s inception, the tournament will be hosted by two different countries: Argentina and Columbia. Both countries will host multiple games, with Group A unfolding in Argentina and Group B unfolding in Columbia. Barranquilla, Columbia will play host to the championship game on July 12.
5. Euro 2020: A celebration across Europe
UEFA Euro 2020 will take place across the continent beginning June 12, celebrating European Championship’s 60th anniversary. Seeing a pattern here? There’s a lot of soccer to be watched. This year, 12 European nations are hosting the competition with the final to be played at Wembley Stadium in London on, you guessed it, July 12. Will Portugal repeat as champions? We shall see. Will July 12 be an awesome day for the sport? We think so.
6. The U.S gets its moment to shine in the 2020 Olympics
Both the U.S. Women's National Team and U.S. Men’s National Team will look to capture gold in Tokyo. But first, they have to qualify. The USWNT are up first with qualifying matches beginning at the end of January. The men begin their journey in March. If both teams qualify, it will be an exciting time for U.S fans as the reigning World Cup champs look to capture glory in 2020 and a young men’s side, potentially led by Christian Pulisic, will strive to make a name for themselves.
7. All eyes are focused on 2022
The year may have just started, but by September we’ll be locked in on 2022 as the USMNT begin their qualification bid for the 2022 World Cup. The men’s side is poised to prove itself and erase the disappointment of falling short of the last World Cup.