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Sporting KC II and MLS NEXT Pro Release 2024 Regular Season Schedule

February 8, 2024 - MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
Sporting Kansas City II News Release


MLS NEXT Pro today announced Sporting Kansas City II's 2024 regular season schedule which kicks off Sunday, March 17 at Houston Dynamo 2, before the team's home opener against LA Galaxy II on Sunday, March 24 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, KS. Tickets for all Sporting KC II matches are on sale now at SeatGeek.com and are complimentary for all Season Ticket Members upon request from your representative.

Around half of SKC II's matches will be available to stream with an MLS Season Pass subscription on the Apple TV App with the remaining matches being shown on MLSNEXTPro.com. Available in more than 100 countries and regions, MLS Season Pass can be viewed on billions of devices through the Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, game consoles, and online at tv.apple.com. The remainder of regular season matches will stream live on mlsnextpro.com.

SKC II 2024 Regular Season Schedule

Date Opponent Time (CT) Venue

Sunday, March 17 @Houston Dynamo 2 5pm SaberCats Stadium

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 LA GALAXY II 4pm ROCK CHALK PARK

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 ST. LOUIS CITY2 4pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Sunday, April 7 @Colorado Rapids 2 8:30pm University of Denver

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 HOUSTON DYNAMO 2 5pm SWOPE SOCCER VILLAGE

Saturday, April 20 @LA Galaxy II 9pm California Lutheran University

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 MNUFC2 4pm ROCK CHALK PARK

SUNDAY, MAY 5 NORTH TEXAS SC 6pm ROCK CHALK PARK

SUNDAY, May 12 COLORADO RAPIDS 2 2pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Friday, May 17 @Austin FC II 8pm Parmer Field

Sunday, June 2 @MNUFC2 6pm National Sports Center

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 HOUSTON DYNAMO 2 6pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Wednesday, June 12 @Real Monarchs 6pm Zions Bank Stadium

Sunday, June 23 @St. Louis CITY2 6pm CITYPARK

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 AUSTIN FC II 6pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Sunday, July 7 @Tacoma Defiance 9pm Starfire Stadium

Sunday, July 14 @Earthquakes II 7pm St. Mary's Stadium

SUNDAY, JULY 21 ST. LOUIS CITY2 6pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Friday, July 26 @Timbers2 10pm Providence Park

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 WHITECAPS FC 2 7pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Saturday, August 10 @North Texas SC 7:15pm Choctaw Stadium

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 AUSTIN FC II 6pm ROCK CHALK PARK

Saturday, August 31 @Whitecaps FC 2 6pm Swanguard Stadium

Sunday, September 8 @LAFC 2 3pm Cal State Fullerton

Sunday, September 15 @Colorado Rapids 2 7pm DICK's Sporting Goods Park

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 MNUFC2 5pm SWOPE SOCCER VILLAGE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 NORTH TEXAS SC 3pm SWOPE SOCCER VILLAGE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 LAFC 2 3pm SWOPE SOCCER VILLAGE

Conference and Divisional Alignment

With the addition of two new clubs to the League, Carolina Core FC and Chattanooga FC, the Eastern Conference will feature updated divisions in 2024. The former Central Division is now the Southeast Division, with the following changes that can also be seen in the chart below:

Crown Legacy FC moves from the Northeast Division to the Southeast Division

Carolina Core FC and Chattanooga FC join the Southeast Division

FC Cincinnati 2, Columbus Crew 2 and Chicago Fire II move from the Central Division (now Southeast Division) to the Northeast Division

Conference Alignment

Western Conference

14 Teams

PACIFIC

LAFC

LAG

POR

RSL

TAC

SJ

VAN

FRONTIER

ATX

COL

HOU

MIN

NTX

SKC

STL

Eastern Conference

15 Teams

SOUTHEAST

ATL

HNT

MIA

ORL

CLFC

CCFC

CFC

NORTHEAST

NE

NYC

NYRB

PHI

TOR

CIN

CLB

CHI

Shootouts Return in 2024

There will once again be no ties in MLS NEXT Pro in 2024. A unique and exciting element in matches since the League's inception in 2022, shootouts featuring kicks from the penalty mark will once again decide matches that are tied after regulation this season. Each team receives one point for the draw in regulation, with the winner of the shootout receiving one additional point (two points total). The past two seasons, approximately 20+ percent of all regular season matches in MLS NEXT Pro resulted in a shootout.

Decision Day 2024

Twenty-eight of the 29 clubs in the League will compete on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, October 6. Fourteen matches will take place to determine final playoff positioning, with eight teams in each conference qualifying for the 2024 MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs. Eastern Conference matches will kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Western Conference at 4:00 p.m. ET. All Decision Day matches will air live on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.

Enhanced Pick-your-opponent Format

The 2024 MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs will feature the return of the "pick-your-opponent" format that debuted during the 2023 postseason and quickly garnered widespread attention. Last season, Sporting KC II earned the right to pick their opponent, hosting Austin FC II in the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Rock Chalk Park in front of a raucous crowd. This year will feature more teams qualifying for the playoffs, more teams making selections and more knockout matches being played.

Eight teams will qualify for the playoffs from each conference (16 total), with Seeds No. 1-4 in each conference hosting and selecting their opponents in the first round. In the second round, the highest remaining seed in each conference will select an opponent from any of the remaining three teams. This year's postseason will see 15 total matches, including MLS NEXT Pro Cup.

Head coach Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach Ike Opara, now in year three at the helm, look to get Sporting KC II back into the playoffs after securing a top-three finish in the Western Conference a year ago. Leading talented SKC Acadmey players in the pro player pathway, first-team loanees and a group of MLS NEXT Pro professional players, the two Sporting KC club legends will navigate another exciting season of MLS NEXT Pro action.


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