The Houston Dynamo got welcome news today when Major League Soccer announced the team’s 2019 schedule. For the first time in team history, its first three matches of the season will be home matches.
Nine of the Dynamo’s first 13 matches of the season will be at BBVA Compass Stadium, starting with the home opener Saturday, March 2 at 5 p.m. against Real Salt Lake. That stretch ends Saturday, June 1 against Sporting Kansas City, before a long international break closes out spring and takes Houston on a three-match-in-seven-days road trip to officially kick off summer.
After the Real Salt Lake opener, the Dynamo will host a pair of Canadian teams on successive Saturdays — the Montreal Impact on March 9 and Vancouver Whitecaps FC on March 16. The league also announced that the Houston-hosted Texas Derby match against FC Dallas, on Saturday, May 4, will be broadcast on Univision — one of four nationally-televised matches the Dynamo will play in 2019.
The other three nationally broadcast matches will be Saturday, April 3 at home against the San Jose Earthquakes on Univision; Friday, April 19 away at the LA Galaxy on UniMás; ; and Friday, July 12 against Los Angeles FC on UniMás.
The Dynamo will also host this year’s Decision Day finale against the Galaxy on Sunday, October 6 at 3 p.m. Decision Day comes earlier than it did last year in order to fit the MLS playoffs between the October and November FIFA international breaks; this year’s MLS Cup will be Saturday, November 10.
The tally of matches per month is:
March: 3 home, 1 away
April: 2 home, 1 away
May: 3 home , 2 away
June: 1 home, 3 away
July: 3 home, 3 away
August: 2 home, 4 away
September: 2 home, 3 away
October: 1 home
Houston will face each of the 11 other clubs in the West twice this season – home and away – and the 12 Eastern Conference clubs once each. The Dynamo will play FC Cincinnati for the first time on Saturday, July 6 in Cincinnati.
For the second consecutive year, every locally-televised match this season (30 of the 34 matches) will be featured on KUBE 57, available throughout the Greater Houston area over the air as well as on cable and satellite. KUBE will televise 30 of Houston’s 34 league matches this season.