MLS: ‘A league of their own’

Major League Soccer will open its first season with a pair of domestic games on Sunday, with the Portland Timbers and the Philadelphia Union opening up their slate of games with the MLS Cup.

The two games will kick off at 10 a.m.

ET on ESPN2, while the Timbers and Union will play at 1 p.m., marking the first time the two teams have played each other in the postseason.

Both teams are looking to make their first playoff appearances since the Portland and Philadelphia sides faced each other a year ago.

The Timbers and Portland are coming off their respective best seasons.

The Timbers have made the playoffs each of the past two seasons, winning the Supporters’ Shield in 2016 and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2017.

The Portland team has been one of the league’s most entertaining teams, winning 14 consecutive regular season games from April 1 to June 9, including three MLS Cup titles, four MLS Supporters’ Shields and two Supporters’ Trophies.

The Union has made the postseason each of its first three seasons, and the Union are hoping to make the playoffs for the first straight season.

The league’s preseason schedule is set for Oct. 25-28 and will include four games against top MLS teams, including the New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo.

The three other games will take place against teams with playoff aspirations, including Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Thorns.

The preseason schedule will also include two regular season home games, which will be played at Providence Park.

Both games will be open to the public, and fans can purchase tickets online.

The 2016 MLS Cup champion New England Patriots will be in attendance Sunday night, hosting the Seattle Sounders at Providence Stadium.

The Red Bulls will take on the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium.