This afternoon, Major League Soccer released the full season schedule for all 20 teams. Among the highlights:
- Very few weekday games, lots of weekend dates. That's likely due to the effort in turning the field around from baseball to soccer.
- That also means a decent chunk of national TV time. New York City will be on ESPN2 five times: the season opener March 8 against Orlando City, the home opener March 15 against MLS Cup Finalists New England Revolution, then July 12 at home against Toronto FC and August 23 away at LA Galaxy.
- The fifth ESPN2 appearance? At home, against the New York Red Bulls, on June 28. Circle the date.
- Speaking of the Red Bulls, they'll be playing twice at Red Bull Arena. The very first game of the rivalry will happen on May 10; the third game, August 9. Both games will be on Fox Sports 1.
- The other FS1 games: April 19 at home against Portland, May 3 at home against Seattle, and July 26 at home against Orlando City.
Speaking of which, that's also the penultimate game of the season. New York City wraps up the season at home the same way they began it: at home, against the New England Revolution. There's no time listed for the game because the league adopted flex scheduling for the last game of the season. That way, important games can be nationally televised. Here's hoping that New York City is playing relevant soccer on October 26.
The potential rivalry games are obviously the three games against New York, New England, and Orlando. You can maybe include the games against Philadelphia and DC United as well, though I'm not sure I would just yet.
Finally, on May 23, the team plays away at Real Salt Lake, the former stomping grounds for Jason Kreis and other New York City players. That's definitely a game to watch, because there will be a lot of emotion around that game.
What do you think? Are there any games you're looking forward to?