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Sounders FC to Open 2019 Season at Home March 2 vs. FC Cincinnati

December 20, 2018 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Seattle Sounders FC News Release

SEATTLE, WASH. - Seattle Sounders FC is set to open the 2019 MLS regular season at home on Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. PT against expansion side FC Cincinnati at CenturyLink Field, Major League Soccer announced today. The complete regular season schedule, along with the national television schedules for the United States and Canada, is being announced in January.

Sounders FC returns to CenturyLink Field on March 2 for its 11th season in Major League Soccer (Phu Nguyen / Seattle Sounders FC)

Major League Soccer today revealed the home openers for all 24 clubs for its 24th season in 2019 - a year that will feature the highly-anticipated launch of an expansion club in the Midwest (FC Cincinnati) and opening of the league's 20th stadium built for soccer (Minnesota United's Allianz Field), culminating in the debut of MLS' thrilling, single-elimination playoff format. In addition to Sounders FC facing the league's 24th club on March 2 at CenturyLink Field, 18 other teams begin their respective campaigns that Saturday, including an Eastern Conference Semifinals rematch between Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls.

This marks the second consecutive campaign and third all-time that Sounders FC has opened its regular season against an expansion side after hosting Los Angeles FC last year and the Philadelphia Union in 2010. The Rave Green are 5-5-0 all-time in MLS regular-season openers, despite losses in each of the past three seasons, including a 1-0 loss to LAFC in 2018. This marks the 10th time in 11 seasons that Seattle has hosted its season opener.

During the 2019 MLS regular season, each club plays play 34 matches, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams face each of their conference opponents twice during the season, with one game at home and one game away. All teams face each non-conference opponent once.

This match, along with other Sounders FC 2019 home matches are available exclusively through Sounders FC Season Ticket Memberships. Fan can purchase memberships online through SoundersFC.com/Tickets.

2019 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER REGULAR SEASON HOME OPENERS

All times are PT. Schedule is subject to change.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

10:00 a.m. - Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC (Talen Energy Stadium)

11:30 a.m. - Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando City Stadium)

1:30 p.m. - Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls (MAPFRE Stadium)

1:30 p.m. - FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Stadium)

3:00 p.m. - Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake (BBVA Compass Stadium)

3:00 p.m. - Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers (Dick's Sporting Goods Park)

3:00 p.m. - Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FC (BC Place)

5:00 p.m. - LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (Dignity Health Sports Park)

7:00 p.m. - Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Cincinnati (CenturyLink Field)

7:00 p.m. - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact (Avaya Stadium)

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

3:00 p.m. - D.C. United vs. Atlanta United (Audi Field)

5:00 p.m. - LAFC vs. Sporting Kansas City (Banc of California Stadium)

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

10:00 a.m. - Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC (SeatGeek Stadium)

11:00 a.m.- New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew SC (Gillette Stadium)

3:00 p.m. - Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Rio Tinto Stadium)

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

12:00 p.m. - New York City FC vs. D.C. United (Yankee Stadium)

12:00 p.m. - Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union (Children's Mercy Park)

2:00 p.m. - Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

TBD - New York Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Red Bull Arena)

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

10:30 a.m. - Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution (BMO Field)

2:00 p.m. - FC Cincinnati vs. Portland Timbers (Nippert Stadium)

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

10:00 a.m. - Montreal Impact vs. Columbus Crew SC (Saputo Stadium)

2:00 p.m. - Minnesota United FC vs. NYCFC (Allianz Field)

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

7:30 p.m. - Portland Timbers vs. LAFC(Providence Park)


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