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2019 MLS season schedules released


The 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season schedules have been released with some intriguing opening matches.

The season commences on Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3 and run all the way through Decision Day on October 6, followed by the start of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs on October 19, with 2019 MLS Cup kicking off on November 10.

This year’s league will see 24 teams competing with FC Cincinnati joining the league as an expansion team. A baptism of fire awaits them as they open their maiden season with a difficult encounter against Seattle Sounders away.

Other highlights of the opening weekend include 2018 MLS Cup winners Atlanta United opening their third MLS season at the newly constructed Audi Field of DC United while 2018 MLS Cup runners up Portland Timbers travel away to face Colorado Rapids.

New York City FC will start their fifth campaign in the MLS away against Orlando City SC on Saturday, March 2 with LA Galaxy kicking off their 2019 season, their 24th season in MLS, when they host Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 2.

FC Cincinnati will play their first MLS regular season home game at Nippert Stadium on March 17 when they face the Portland Timbers while Minnesota United’s new Allianz Field opens its doors on April 13 against NYCFC.

Portland Timbers’ Providence Park, undergoing renovations, will re-open on June 1 against LAFC. Each club will play 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their conference opponents twice during the season and non-conference opponents once.
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