BY SPNW Staff 02:52PM 01/07/2016

MLS sets schedule, Sounders launch March 6

Starting March 6, the Sounders will play 34 MLS matches in a season that concludes Oct. 23. The Sounders open with Western Conference foe Sporting Kansas City.

Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and the Sounders begin their regular-season schedule March 6 at the Clink. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Major League Soccer announced its 2016 regular season schedule, a campaign that begins March 6, concludes Oct. 23 and includes 34 matches for each of the league’s 20 franchises. The Sounders start with a Western Conference contest against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field (4 p.m. FS1).

Three of Seattle’s six Cascadia Cup duels against Portland and Vancouver are at the Clink, and the three matches against the Timbers will be nationally televised. Seattle will face Western Conference rival LA Galaxy twice at the Clink in July with a final meeting at the StubHub Center Sept. 25. All three Seattle-LA matches will air on ESPN.

The club’s final four matches, as well as 11 of the last 12, are against Western Conference opponents, culminating with a season-ending home clash against Real Salt Lake Oct. 23.

Other 2016 highlights include an early season showdown at CenturyLink Field against the Montreal Impact April 2, along with New York City FC’s first visit to Seattle May 25.

The Sounders begin training for 2016 this month before the club takes part in a series of friendlies in Tucson against Vancouver, Portland and Mexican side Celaya FC in early February.

Seattle’s eighth season begins in late February with a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Club America before the MLS season opener (TV times listed below are Pacific time).

SOUNDERS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Day
Date
Opponent
Time / TV
Sunday
March 6
Sporting Kansas City
4:00 p.m. / FS1
Saturday
March 12
at Real Salt Lake
1 p.m.
Saturday
March 19
Vancouver
7 p.m.
Saturday
April 2
Montreal
7 p.m.
Sunday
April 10
at Houston
1 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday
April 16
Philadelphia
7 p.m.
Saturday
April 23
at Colorado
6 p.m.
Saturday
April 30
Columbus
1 p.m.
Saturday
May 7
San Jose
7 p.m.
Saturday
May 14
at FC Dallas
6 p.m.
Saturday
May 21
Colorado
7 p.m.
Saturday
May 28
at New England
4:30 p.m.
Wednesday
June 1
at D.C. United
5 p.m.
Sunday
June 19
at New York Red Bulls
4:30 p.m. / FS1
Saturday
June 25
New York City FC
2 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday
July 2
at Toronto
TBD
Saturday
July 9
LA Galaxy
12 p.m. / ESPN
Wednesday
July 13
FC Dallas
7:30 p.m.
Sunday
July 17
Portland
12 p.m. / FOX
Sunday
July 24
at Sporting Kansas City
12 p.m. / ESPN
Sunday
July 31
LA Galaxy
1 p.m. / ESPN
Sunday
Aug. 7
at Orlando City
4 p.m. / FS1
Sunday
Aug. 14
Real Salt Lake
4 p.m. / FS1
Sunday
Aug. 21
Portland
6:30 p.m. / FS1
Wednesday
Aug. 24
at Houston
TBD
Sunday
Aug. 28
at Portland
2 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday
Sept. 10
at San Jose
7:30 p.m.
Saturday
Sept. 17
Vancouver
1 p.m.
Sunday
Sept. 25
at LA Galaxy
TBD / ESPN
Wednesday
Sept. 28
Chicago
7:30 p.m.
Sunday
Oct. 2
at Vancouver
5 p.m. / FS1
Wednesday
Oct. 12
Houston
7:30 p.m.
Sunday
Oct. 16
at FC Dallas
4 p.m.
Sunday
Oct. 23
Real Salt Lake
1 p.m.

YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    Not an easy schedule. Portland has an easier one. The roster’s been cleared, time to reload.

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