Mark your calendars: Key dates for the 2019 season

It may be the offseason, but excitement looms nonetheless. 

With the new year upon us, Sporting Kansas City fans can whip out their 2019 calendars and start marking the dates. Supporters have already learned details for the club's Concacaf Champions League opener, MLS season opener and first MLS home game, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

SportingKC.com has listed the calendar highlights of 2019 in the space below, complete with major events and important dates to know.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

  • Friday, Jan. 11: MLS SuperDraft in Chicago
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: Primary transfer window opens
  • Sunday, March 3: Sporting KC's MLS season opener at LAFC
  • Sunday, March 10: Sporting KC's MLS home opener vs. Philadelphia Union (tickets)
  • Tuesday, May 7: Primary transfer window closes
  • Tuesday, July 9: Secondary transfer window opens
  • Friday, Aug. 9: Secondary transfer window closes
  • Sunday, Oct. 6: MLS regular season ends
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: Audi MLS Cup Playoffs begin
  • Sunday, Nov. 10: MLS Cup

SCOTIABANK CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 

  • Thursday, Feb. 21: Round of 16 Leg 1 vs. Toluca (tickets)
  • Thursday, Feb. 28: Round of 16 Leg 2 at Toluca
  • March 5-7: Quarterfinal away leg*
  • March 12-14: Quarterfinal home leg*
  • April 2-4: Semifinal first leg*
  • April 9-11: Semifinal second leg*
  • April 23-25: Final first leg*
  • April 30-May 2: Final second leg*
  • pending victory in subsequent round(s)

USL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Saturday, March 9: SPR season opener at New York Red Bulls II
  • Saturday, March 23: SPR home opener vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC*
  • Sunday, Oct. 20: USL Championship regular season ends
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: USL Cup Playoffs begin
  • Nov. 14-18: USL Cup

U.S. SOCCER

  • Wednesday, May 8: U.S. Open Cup starts
  • Wednesday, June 26: U.S. MNT in Gold Cup at Children's Mercy Park

FIFA INTERNATIONAL DATES

  • March 18-26: International window
  • May 23-June 15: FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland
  • June 3-11: International window
  • June 14-July 7: Copa America in Brazil
  • June 15-July 7: Concacaf Gold Cup in USA, Costa Rica and the Caribbean
  • Sept. 2-10: International window
  • Oct. 5-27: FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru
  • Oct. 7-15: International window
  • Nov. 11-19: International window
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