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D.C. United's 2016 MLS schedule released

We have D.C. United's full schedule for 2016

Today, D.C. United and Major League Soccer announced the full schedule for the 2016 MLS season. We already knew the first three games of D.C. United's 2016 season: the team will open the season against the LA Galaxy on March 6, will follow that game up by flying cross-country to play the New England Revolution on March 12, and then will finally open their RFK season with a nationally-televised game against the Colorado Rapids on March 20.

As we dive into the full schedule, we first take a look at the rivals. D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls first on May 13; they will play again twice in a few weeks, on August 24 and on September 11. Only that final game is at Red Bull Arena, the other two are at RFK Stadium. In other rivalries, United will play the New England Revolution three times by June, with two of those at home, and the Philadelphia Union three times as well, with two of those at PPL Park.

Schedule congestion is also a common factor of the MLS schedule, and this year is a little better for D.C. United. They do not have to play midweek until June, the game before the midseason break for the Copa America, and their only really bad stretch is a Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday-Thursday stretch at the end of August and the beginning of September.

As for days of the weeks for home games, 8 will be on Saturday, 5 will be on Sunday, 3 on Wednesday and 1 on Friday. However, D.C. United will not play a single Saturday game in May, playing once on Sunday, three times in a row on Friday, and then a Wednesday at the beginning of June before Copa America; they return on the June 18th on a Saturday. The Copa break for United will be from June 2 to June 17.

Finally, nationally televised games are pretty good to D.C. United in 2016. As it stands now 10 of United's 34 games are scheduled to be on one of ESPN2, FS1, or UniMas; four are currently schedule for ABC 7, nine are scheduled for News Channel 8, and 10 are currently to be determined upon which outlet they will be shown.

In addition to these games, United will also have their knockout round games of the Concacaf Champions League as well as the US Open Cup to fit into this season. That's just a little bit about this year's schedule. What games are you must looking forward to? Any road trips spring to mind?

1 Sunday, Mar 6 at LA Galaxy UniMas 10:00 PM
2 Saturday, Mar 12 at New England 3:00 PM
3 Sunday, Mar 20 Colorado ESPN2 5:00 PM
4 Saturday, Mar 26 Dallas ABC 7 4:00 PM
5 Saturday, Apr 2 at San Jose TBD 10:30 PM
6 Saturday, Apr 9 Vancouver ABC 7 4:00 PM
7 Saturday, Apr 16 Toronto NC8 7:00 PM
8 Saturday, Apr 23 New England ABC 7 4:30 PM
9 Saturday, Apr 30 at Chicago TBD 8:30 PM
10 Sunday, May 8 New York City FS1 7:30 PM
11 Friday, May 13 New York Red Bulls UniMas 7:00 PM
12 Friday, May 20 at Philadelphia UniMas 7:00 PM
13 Friday, May 27 at Kansas City UniMas 7:00 PM
14 Wednesday, Jun 1 Seattle NC8 8:00 PM
15 Saturday, Jun 18 at Houston TBD TBD
16 Wednesday, Jun 22 New England NC8 8:00 PM
17 Friday, Jul 1 at Real Salt Lake 10:30 PM
18 Saturday, Jul 9 at Philadelphia TBD TBD
19 Saturday, Jul 16 at Columbus TBD 7:30 PM
20 Saturday, Jul 23 at Toronto TBD TBD
21 Sunday, Jul 31 Montreal NC8 6:00 PM
22 Saturday, Aug 6 Philadelphia NC8 7:00 PM
23 Saturday, Aug 13 Portland NC8 7:00 PM
24 Sunday, Aug 21 New York Red Bulls ESPN 3:00 PM
25 Wednesday, Aug 24 at Montreal TBD TBD
26 Saturday, Aug 27 Chicago NC8 7:00 PM
27 Thursday, Sep 1 at New York City TBD TBD
28 Sunday, Sep 11 at New York Red Bulls ESPN 1:00 PM
29 Friday, Sep 16 at Chicago UniMas 8:00 PM
30 Saturday, Sep 24 Orlando NC8 7:00 PM
31 Wednesday, Sep 28 Columbus NC8 7:30 PM
32 Saturday, Oct 1 at Toronto TBD TBD
33 Sunday, Oct 16 New York City ABC 7 5:00 PM
34 Sunday, Oct 23 at Orlando TBD 4:00 PM