BY SPNW Staff 01:17PM 01/12/2017

MLS releases Sounders’ 2017 regular-season slate

MLS unveiled its full 2017 regular-season schedule Thursday. The defending champion Sounders open with a pair on the road before playing at home March 19.

Coach Brian Schmetzer and the Sounders open the regular season March 4 at Houston. / Jane Gershovich, Seattle Sounders FC

Major League Soccer Thursday released its full 2017 regular-season schedule, which calls for each of its 22 clubs to play 34 matches beginning March 4 and concluding Oct. 22. The league champion Sounders will play their home opener March 19 against the New York Red Bulls after playing a pair on the road, March 4 at Houston and March 11 at Montreal.

Seattle will play 12 games on national television (ESPN or FOX), beginning with the home opener against the Red Bulls.

The Sounders will host three of their six Cascadia Cup matches against Portland and Vancouver and play the LA Galaxy three times on national TV, including a Sunday night clash Sept. 10.

Eight of Seattle’s final nine matches will be against Western Conference opponents, culminating with a pair of home matches to close out the season against 2016 postseason foes FC Dallas (Oct. 15) and Colorado (Oct. 22).

Additional schedule highlights include a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup final between the Sounders and Toronto FC May 6 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle will also play both MLS expansion teams, Atlanta (Eastern Conference) and Minnesota (Western Conference).

Seattle hosts Atlanta March 31 and faces Minnesota twice in a 16-day span in August, beginning with a road contest Aug. 5.

A complete listing of Sounders FC’s 2017 regional broadcast details will be announced later.

The “Final Push to the Playoffs,” the final two weekends of the regular season, will feature more matches played on those dates than before. On the next-to-last weekend (Oct. 15), all Eastern Conference matches will kick off at 12 p.m., PT., while Western Conference matches will begin at 2 p.m., PT. On Decision Day (Oct. 22), all 11 matches will be played simultaneously.

As a prelude to the regular season, the Sounders will play a friendly against Portland Feb. 4 in Tucson, AZ. Seattle will also play in the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, SC., against Charleston Battery (Feb. 18), Atlanta United (Feb. 22) and Columbus Crew (Feb. 25).

Sounders Regular-Season Schedule


Day
Date
Opponent
KICKOFF (PT) / NATIONAL TV
Saturday
March 4
at Houston Dynamo
5:30 p.m.
Saturday
March 11
at Montreal Impact
4 p.m.
Sunday
March 19
New York Red Bulls
4 p.m. / FS1
Friday
March 31
Atlanta United FC
7 p.m. / FS1
Saturday
April 8
at San Jose Earthquakes
7:30 p.m.
Friday
April 14
at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
TBD
Sunday
April 23
at LA Galaxy
1 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday
April 29
New England Revolution
7  p.m.
Saturday
May 6
Toronto FC
1 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday
May 13
at Chicago Fire
5:30 p.m.
Wednesday
May 17
at Sporting Kansas City
5:30 p.m.
Saturday
May 20
Real Salt Lake
2 p.m.
Saturday
May 27
Portland Timbers
12 p.m. / FOX
Wednesday
May 31
at Columbus Crew SC
4:30 p.m.
Sunday
June 4
Houston Dynamo
7 p.m.
Saturday
June 17
at New York City FC
10 a.m. / ESPN
Wednesday
June 21
Orlando City SC
7:30 p.m.
Sunday
June 25
at Portland Timbers
1 p.m. / ESPN
Tuesday
July 4
at Colorado Rapids
6 p.m.
Wednesday
July 19
D.C. United
7:30 p.m.
Sunday
July 23
San Jose Earthquakes
7 p.m.
Saturday
July 29
at LA Galaxy
TBD / ESPN
Saturday
Aug. 5
at Minnesota United FC
5 p.m.
Saturday
Aug. 12
Sporting Kansas City
1 p.m.
Sunday
Aug. 20
Minnesota United FC
7 p.m. / FS1
Wednesday
Aug. 23
at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
TBD
Sunday
Aug. 27
Portland Timbers
6 p.m. / FS1
Sunday
Sept. 10
LA Galaxy
6 p.m. / FS1
Saturday
Sept. 16
at FC Dallas
5 p.m.
Saturday
Sept. 23
at Real Salt Lake
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday
Sept. 27
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
TBD
Sunday
Oct. 1
at Philadelphia Union
10 a.m. / ESPN
Sunday
Oct. 15
FC Dallas
2 p.m.
Sunday
Oct. 22
Colorado Rapids
1 p.m.

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