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Orlando City 2015 Full MLS Schedule Released

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We've got a full slate of games! The Lions now know who, when and where they'll play MLS matches in 2015 with the release of Major League Soccer's full season schedule.

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Orlando City's jump from USL Pro side to MLS club has never seemed so real.

MLS released its official schedule today and now we know exactly who, where and when the Lions will play their inaugural season in the league. It was a little anti-climactic after Tuesday's leaked home schedule, but it's nice to have official confirmation and a whole slate of road games for trip-planning purposes, isn't it?

We've long known about the home opener on March 8 against fellow expansion club New York City FC at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The Lions will next be home on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Orlando City will be Montreal Impact's home opener on March 28 and return home April 3 to play D.C. United at 7 p.m.

The first MLS road game in Orlando City SC history will be at Houston Dynamo on Friday, March 13. The club will play a July 4 game at Real Salt Lake at 10 p.m. ET and close its inaugural MLS season at Philadelphia on Oct. 25.

In addition to Vancouver, Orlando City will host Western Conference opponents L.A. Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, and Sporting Kansas City. The Lions will visit Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo, making for a tough inter-conference road schedule.

Orlando City will face six Eastern Conference opponents three times, hosting D.C. United, NYCFC and Columbus Crew twice each, and visiting Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Chicago Fire twice. The club will play the remaining Eastern Conference twice - home and away.

The Lions will host seven Saturday games, six Sunday games, three on Friday and one on Wednesday. There are two home dates in March and April, three in May, two in June and July, three in August, just one in September and two in October.

Club sources told me individual game tickets will be available for purchase in late January or early February.

As for national television:

Here's the full schedule:

Month

Day

Time

Opponent

March

8

5 pm

Vs. New York City FC*

13

7 pm

At Houston

21

7:30 pm

Vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

28

4 pm

At Montreal Impact

April

3

7 pm

Vs. D.C. United

12

5 pm

At Portland Timbers*

18

7:30 pm

At Columbus

26

7 pm

Vs. Toronto FC**

May

8

8 pm

Vs. New England Revolution

13

8 pm

At D.C. United*

17

5 pm

Vs. LA Galaxy*

24

7 pm

At San Jose Earthquakes**

30

7:30 pm

Vs. Columbus Crew SC

June

6

7 pm

At Chicago Fire

14

7 pm

Vs. D.C. United**

20

TBD

At Montreal Impact

24

7:30 pm

Vs. Colorado Rapids

July

4

10 pm

At Real Salt Lake

11

7:30 pm

Vs. FC Dallas

19

7:30 pm

Vs. New York Red Bulls**

26

2:30 pm

At New York City FC**

August

1

7:30 pm

Vs. Columbus Crew SC

5

TBD

At Toronto FC

8

7:30 pm

Vs. Philadelphia Union

16

5 pm

At Seattle Sounders FC*

22

TBD

At Toronto FC

29

7:30 pm

Vs. Chicago Fire

September

5

7:30 pm

At New England Revolution

13

7:30 pm

Vs. Sporting Kansas City**

19

8:30 pm

At Chicago Fire

25

7 pm

At New York Red Bulls

October

3

7:30 pm

Vs. Montreal Impact

16

7 pm

Vs. New York City FC

25

TBD

At Philadelphia

* ESPN2

** FOX Sports 1

All non-nationally televised games will be available locally on FOX 35/My 65

Preseason Brazil Trip Canceled

Speaking of scheduling, the Orlando Sentinel's Paul Tenorio reported today that the club has scrapped its planned preseason trip to Brazil due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, the team will train in Orlando at its Sylvan Lake Park facility, playing several closed-door scrimmages before heading to Charleston, S.C. for the Carolina Challenge Cup tournament in late February.