Major League Soccer released its full schedule of games for 2017 today, so now we know who, when, and where Orlando City will play its MLS foes this season. Once again, it's time to plan those road trips and those days off for early tailgating for mid-week games.
We already knew about the March 5 home opener against New York City FC – the first match in the club’s new downtown stadium – as well as the first road match at New England Revolution on Saturday, March 11. Now we know the entire schedule in all its glory. The Lions will close the season on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Philadelphia Union at 4 p.m.
Orlando City will face each of the 11 Western Conference teams once, including:
- FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps, Sporting Kansas City, and Colorado Rapids at home only.
- Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo, Minnesota United, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, and Portland Timbers away only.
With Minnesota United and Atlanta United joining this season, Orlando City will face new opponents in league play for the first time since joining MLS in 2015. The Lions will play Atlanta for the first time on Friday, July 21 in Orlando, then the following week the club will travel north to Georgia to again play Atlanta United on July 30 in the first sporting event at the club’s brand new billion dollar stadium. That match-up will also air nationally on FOX. As for Minnesota, Adrian Heath will have a chance to host his former club on Saturday, May 27 at TCF Bank Stadium but we’ll have to wait until 2018 to welcome the old gaffer back to Orlando.
Orlando will face three Eastern Conference opponents three times, hosting New York City FC, and Columbus twice each and visiting Atlanta twice. The club will play the remaining Eastern Conference teams twice — once each home and away (D.C. United, Philadelphia, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire, and New England Revolution).
The Lions will play 17 Saturday night games, nine Sundays, six Wednesdays, and two Fridays, without any games on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. For the first time, Orlando City will not play on July 4.
Orlando will play three games in March, five games in April, seven games in May, five games in June, three in July, four in August, five in September, and two in October.
The Lions will be on national television 14 times, as opposed to 16 times last year. This year, Orlando City will be on ESPN four times, on FOX twice, on FS1 four times, on Univision twice and on UniMas twice.
Here is the complete rundown: