Major League Soccer will take a two-week break in June during the first round of the World Cup .

There will be three games on the day before the June 12 World Cup opener in Brazil. The season will resume when Vancouver hosts Montreal on June 25, the next-to-last day of group-stage play.

It's similar to the format used for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The MLS season opens March 8 with Seattle hosting Kansas City followed by seven more matches that night. The season ends Oct. 26.

As announced last month, San Jose will host Seattle on Aug. 2 in the opener of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Each of the 20 teams will play a 34-game schedule, and the playoff finalist with the best record will host the MLS championship.