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MLS Announces 2017 Home Openers for all 22 Clubs

MLS Communications
Christa Mann
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Minnesota United FC, Atlanta United Play First Matches in Major League Soccer;
Orlando City SC’s New Downtown Stadium Opens;
A Record 11 Matches Kick Off the 2017 Season the Weekend of March 3-5
NEW YORK (Wednesday, December 21, 2016) – Major League Soccer today announced the 2017  home openers for all 22 clubs for the 2017 season. The complete regular season schedule, along with the national television schedules for the U.S. and Canada, will be announced in January, prior to the 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas.
Coming off a season that featured record numbers in both attendance and total television viewership, Major League Soccer’s 22nd season includes a pair of expansion clubs taking the field in new markets and the opening of a new world-class, soccer-specific venue in Orlando. 
The 2017 MLS season kicks off with a special, single match on Friday, March 3 when the expansion Minnesota United FC make their MLS debut on the road against the Portland Timbers. 
Opening weekend continues on Saturday, March 4 with five-time MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy hosting FC Dallas at 4 p.m. ET. FC Dallas pulled a historic double in 2016 by winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and having the best regular season record, earning the club the 2016 Supporters’ Shield.
Six additional matches will take place on March 4, including 2016 MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC traveling to Houston to take on the Dynamo, and Real Salt Lake hosting 2016 MLS Cup Finalist Toronto FC.
The weekend concludes with three matches on Sunday, March 5, beginning with the first game played at Orlando City SC’s new downtown stadium. The 2016 Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player Award recipient David Villa and New York City FC visit former FIFA World Player of the Year Kaká and Orlando City SC.
Later that day, Atlanta United will open its inaugural MLS season, hosting the New York Red Bulls at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the historic stadium will serve as temporary home to Atlanta United until the club moves into the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium later in the season.
Week Two features the home opener of Minnesota United FC on March 12, when fellow expansion club Atlanta United visits TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Minnesota United will play all 2017 home matches at TCF Bank Stadium until their soccer-specific stadium opens in 2018.
Week Three is highlighted by the home opener of MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC as they host 2016 MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips and the Red Bulls on Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m. ET.
The final home opener takes place on Friday, March 31 when Toronto FC hosts Sporting Kansas City.
During the 2017 MLS regular season, each club will play 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their 10 conference opponents twice during the season with one game at home and one game away. Clubs also will compete in select additional games against different conference opponents three times, and they will face each non-conference opponent once.
2017 Major League Soccer Regular Season Home Openers
All times are EST and schedule is subject to change
Friday, March 3, 2017 (home team listed first):
9:30 p.m. – Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United FC (Providence Park)
Saturday, March 4, 2017 (home team listed first):
2 p.m. – Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire (MAPFRE Stadium)
4 p.m. – LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas (StubHub Center)
4:30 p.m. – Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC (Rio Tinto Stadium)
6 p.m. – Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
7 p.m. - D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City (RFK Stadium)
8:30 p.m.  - Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC (BBVA Compass Stadium)
10 p.m. – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact (Avaya Stadium)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 (home team listed first):
5 p.m. – Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando City SC Stadium)
7 p.m. – Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
9:30 p.m. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Philadelphia Union (BC Place)
Saturday, March 11, 2017 (home team listed first):
2 p.m. - Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake (Toyota Park)
2 p.m. – New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC (Gillette Stadium)
4 p.m. – New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids (Red Bull Arena)
4:30 p.m. – Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC (Talen Energy Stadium)
7 p.m. – Montreal Impact vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Olympic Stadium)
9 p.m. – Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas (Children’s Mercy Park)
Sunday, March 12, 2017 (home team listed first):
2 p.m. – New York City FC vs. D.C. United (Yankee Stadium)
5 p.m. – Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta United (TCF Bank Stadium)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 (home team listed first):
8 p.m. – FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Stadium)
Sunday, March 19, 2017 (home team listed first):
7 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls (CenturyLink Field)
Friday, March 31, 2017 (home team listed first):
7:30 p.m. – Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (BMO Field)