MLS has announced all 23 home openers. D.C. United, although, is working on a venue.
D.C. United will play its home opener March 17 towards the Houston Dynamo. Problem is, its new home gained’t be prepared by then.
With Audi Field not scheduled to open till late June, United is within the technique of finalizing a venue for that first home match — in addition to an extra home recreation within the spring. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis is not obtainable March 17 however is the front-runner for the second home date, a number of sources stated.
Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County and RFK Stadium, United’s lair for 22 seasons, are among the many candidates to stage the opener. A call is anticipated subsequent month.
RFK is into consideration, sources stated, although the staff celebrated the venue’s farewell in October. There are not any instant plans to demolish the 56-year-old facility as the town weighs improvement choices.
MLS on Tuesday announced the home openers for all 23 golf equipment. On the primary weekend of the season, United will go to Orlando City at 7:30 p.m. March three. Eight days later, D.C. will function Atlanta’s opponent for a three p.m. kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The league will unveil the complete, 34-game schedule for every staff within the coming weeks. In addition to the 2 early home matches, D.C. will find yourself enjoying about 10 away video games earlier than the brand new stadium in Southwest D.C. opens.
United had lobbied the league to schedule all 17 home matches at 20,000-capacity Audi Field between late June and late October. However, citing scheduling points and aggressive benefits late within the season, MLS denied the request. Initially, United feared having to play three or 4 home video games at various places, however possession was in a position to persuade the league to mandate simply two.
The membership announced the home video games that gained’t happen at Audi Field usually are not included within the season-ticket bundle and gained’t routinely be charged to the holders. “Once game details are finalized,” United stated, “all full season-ticket members will have priority to purchase tickets to those matches.”
United broke floor on the stadium in March, with plans to finish the mission inside 15 months. Team officers say building is on schedule and the final metal beams will go into place quickly.
United isn’t the one staff dealing with early-season scheduling points. With renovations underway at Providence Park, the Portland Timbers’ home opener won’t happen till April 14. Los Angeles FC, an enlargement staff, will make its home debut April 29 at Banc of California Stadium, which is nearing completion adjoining to the L.A. Coliseum.
In a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals, MLS Cup champion Toronto FC will welcome the Columbus Crew on March three at BMO Field. LAFC’s debut will come the following day at MLS Cup runner-up Seattle.
MLS home openers
(all instances are Eastern)
Columbus Crew at Toronto FC, 1
Atlanta United at Houston Dynamo, three:30
D.C. United at Orlando City, 7:30
Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas, eight
Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids, 9
Minnesota United at San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30
New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union, tba
Los Angeles FC at Seattle Sounders, 5
Montreal Impact at Vancouver Whitecaps, 6
New York City FC at Sporting Kansas City, 7:30
Portland Timbers at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10
(New York Red Bulls are off)
Montreal Impact at Columbus Crew, 1
Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution, 1:30
Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake, three:30
Portland Timbers at New York Red Bulls, 7
Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire, tba
D.C. United at Atlanta United, three
Los Angeles Galaxy at New York City FC, 5
Toronto FC at Montreal Impact, three
Houston Dynamo at D.C. United, tba
Chicago Fire at Minnesota United, tba
Minnesota United at Portland Timbers, 10:30
Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles FC, 9