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MLS announces 2019 home openers

Los Angeles FC fans cheer before the home opener against the Seattle Sounders at Banc of California Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2019 Major League Soccer season will include many changes — FC Cincinnati joining as the 24th team, a new playoff format and the opening of Minnesota United’s new stadium, Allianz Field.

It all starts March 2 with 10 matches, including Cincinnati’s debut on a road trip to Seattle. Opening weekend concludes with two Sunday-night games: MLS Cup champion Atlanta United at D.C. United and Los Angeles FC versus Sporting Kansas City.

MLS announced all 24 home openers Thursday. Most teams will play at home sometime during the first three weeks of the season, including Cincinnati’s March 17 debut at Nippert Stadium against the MLS Cup finalist Portland Timbers. However, the Montreal Impact won’t play at home until April 13 against the Columbus Crew. Minnesota United will also open Allianz Field that day, hosting New York City FC. And the Timbers won’t play at Providence Park, which is undergoing a 4,000-seat expansion, until June 1 when LAFC visits.

The entire regular-season schedule will be released in January. Each club will play 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their conference opponents twice, one game at home and one game away, and will face every non-conference opponent once.

Here is the full list of 2019 MLS home openers provided by the league:

 2019 Major League Soccer Regular Season Home Openers
All times are EST. Home teams listed first. Schedule is subject to change.
 
WEEK 1
Saturday, March 2, 2019
1 p.m. – Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC (Talen Energy Stadium)
2:30 p.m. – Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando City Stadium)
4:30 p.m. – Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls (MAPFRE Stadium)
4:30 p.m. – FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Stadium)
6 p.m. – Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake (BBVA Compass Stadium)
6 p.m. – Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
6 p.m. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FC (BC Place)
8 p.m. – LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (Dignity Health Sports Park)
10 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Cincinnati (CenturyLink Field)
10 p.m. – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact (Avaya Stadium)
 
Sunday, March 3, 2019
6 p.m. – D.C. United vs. Atlanta United (Audi Field)
8 p.m. – LAFC vs. Sporting Kansas City (Banc of California Stadium)
 
WEEK 2
Saturday, March 9, 2019
1 p.m. – Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC (SeatGeek Stadium)
2 p.m. – New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew SC (Gillette Stadium)
6 p.m. – Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Rio Tinto Stadium)
 
Sunday, March 10, 2019
3 p.m. – New York City FC vs. D.C. United (Yankee Stadium)
3 p.m. – Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union (Children’s Mercy Park)
5 p.m. – Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
 
WEEK 3 
Saturday, March 16, 2019
TBD – New York Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Red Bull Arena)
 
Sunday, March 17, 2019
1:30 p.m. – Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution (BMO Field)
5 p.m. – FC Cincinnati vs. Portland Timbers (Nippert Stadium)
 
ALSO…
Saturday, April 13, 2019
1 p.m. – Montreal Impact vs. Columbus Crew SC (Saputo Stadium)
5 p.m. – Minnesota United FC vs. NYCFC (Allianz Field)
 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
10:30 p.m. – Portland Timbers vs. LAFC (Providence Park)
 

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