Major League Soccer has already teased D.C. United fans with two confirmed matches on the schedule (March 7th at home against the Montreal Impact and March 22nd on the road against the New York Red Bulls). We've also previously learned that the entire MLS season will kick off in LA, where the Galaxy will host the Chicago Fire. Today, however, we get to see the full schedule for every club around the league.
United will face expansion sides Orlando City SC and New York City FC a total of five times. The Black-and-Red will host the Lions on May 13th, and will be in Florida on April 3rd and June 14th. United's two games against NYCFC will be August 13th (away) and October 2nd (home).
Along with Orlando, United will face the following teams three times:
As far as the Western Conference goes, United will host the LA Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, and the San Jose Earthquakes. That means road games against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Portland Timbers (for the second year in a row, and mid-week at that!), the Seattle Sounders, FC Dallas, and the Colorado Rapids.
United is currently listed as being on national television ten times, which leaves 24 games for CSN-Washington to pick up. Here's hoping they actually do so this year, as opposed to previous years in which United fans have had to scramble to watch nearly 25% of the team's games.
In terms of how the schedule will pair with United's CONCACAF Champions League hopes, it's not ideal. United will open the season three days after hosting the second leg of the quarterfinal tie against LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica. If DC goes through, the next matchdays are March 17th-19th - mid-week games when United has a trip to Red Bull Arena that Sunday - and April 7th-9th. United plays on April 3rd and April 11th. If the Black-and-Red get to the CCL final, they'll play on April 22nd (four days after hosting Houston and three days before a trip to Vancouver) and April 29th (four days after that Whitecaps game, and three days before hosting the Crew). It remains to be seen whether MLS will move games around for United's benefit, as they did for the Galaxy last year.
Here is the entire schedule:
|Saturday 3/7||Home||Montreal Impact|
|Sunday 3/22||Away||NY Red Bulls|
|Saturday 3/28||Home||LA Galaxy|
|Friday 4/3||Away||Orlando City|
|Saturday 4/11||Home||NY Red Bulls|
|Saturday 4/18||Home||Houston Dynamo|
|Saturday 4/25||Away||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|Saturday 5/2||Home||Columbus Crew|
|Saturday 5/9||Home||Sporting Kansas City|
|Wednesday 5/13||Home||Orlando City|
|Sunday 5/17||Away||Philadelphia Union|
|Saturday 5/23||Away||New England Revolution|
|Wednesday 5/27||Away||Portland Timbers|
|Saturday 5/30||Home||Philadelphia Union|
|Wednesday 6/3||Home||Chicago Fire|
|Saturday 6/6||Home||Toronto FC|
|Sunday 6/14||Away||Orlando City|
|Sunday 6/21||Home||New England Revolution|
|Wednesday 6/24||Away||Chicago Fire|
|Saturday 6/27||Away||Toronto FC|
|Frday 7/3||Away||Seattle Sounders|
|Saturday 7/18||Away||FC Dallas|
|Sunday 7/26||Home||Philadelphia Union|
|Saturday 8/1||Home||Real Salt Lake|
|Saturday 8/8||Away||Montreal Impact|
|Saturday 8/22||Home||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Sunday 8/30||Away||NY Red Bulls|
|Saturday 9/12||Away||Colorado Rapids|
|Saturday 9/19||Home||Columbus Crew|
|Saturday 9/26||Away||Montreal Impact|
|Sunday 10/18||Home||Chicago Fire|
|Sunday 10/25||Away||Columbus Crew|