Major League Soccer (MLS) kicks off its 20th season this weekend with a new group of international stars set to grace its stadiums. As David Villa, Kaka, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard take to the field, a growing international audience will be tuning in to matches played in North American stadia. What can they expect from our soccer stadium experience?

Back in November 2009 I had the pleasure of watching local Rio club Fluminense play at the historic Maracanã Stadium. The experience was electric to say the least, like no other venue I’ve visited. See the slideshow here

Each new year seems to bring a slew of new stadiums opening around the world, the result of long, winding journeys, with lots of money and expectations invested in their success. Some promise to be spectacular, others look, well, less so… But in 2015 we are treated to four new, architecturally significant venues

US Soccer needs its own home park – its cauldron, its Azteca, its Maracanã, its National Stadium, to match the magnitude of recent international fixtures, to intimidate the visiting side and for the US to be taken seriously as a World Cup contender. As a young soccer nation without a tradition of big games being played on our soil, such a stadium has yet to emerge… or has it?