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New England Revolution’s 2019 schedule more balanced than previous years

ew England Revolution celebrate the goal scored by midfielder Brandon Bye

The New England Revolution announced its 34-game schedule for the 2019 MLS regular season Monday afternoon.

Unlike previous years, in which a majority of home games were concentrated during particular times of the year, this season’s itinerary is more balanced.

New England opens the season March 2 at FC Dallas and hosts the Columbus Crew March 9 at Gillette Stadium for its home opener.

Two weeks later, on March 23, the Revs will host expansion side FC Cincinnati in both teams’ first-ever matchup.

Every MLS team will face conference opponents twice and non-conference opponents once.

The Revolution’s longest home stand this season is three games; it will begin against Atlanta United (April 13) and continue against the New York Red Bulls (April 20), and Montreal Impact (April 24).

That trio of games will be immediately followed by the team’s only three-game road trip of the season in which it will play at Sporing Kansas City (April 27), at Philadelphia Union (May 4) and at Chicago Fire (May 8).

Though the farthest New England will have to travel during this stretch is Kansas City – which is roughly a three-hour flight from Boston – these matches cut through its busiest part of the season in which six games are scheduled within 21 days.

Six of New England’s last 12 games are at home, which will make a late-season playoff run similar to those the club put together in 2014 and in the early 2000s – when the club benefited from a favorable schedule in August, September, and October – more challenging to execute.

The Revs will wait until Sept. 7 to play all of their Eastern Conference foes when they visit Yankee Stadium to play New York City FC. That match, which will be televised on Univision, is one just of two nationally-televised Revolution games in 2019. The other is New England at D.C. United on Friday, July 12, which will be broadcast on ESPN.

New England has 25 days off between playing at the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 1 and hosting the Philadelphia Union on June 26.

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