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Ten things to know about Sporting's 2020 MLS schedule

Save the dates, mark the calendars, set your travel plans and snap up those ticket packages.

Sporting Kansas City unveiled the club’s 2020 MLS regular season schedule on Thursday, giving supporters an enticing first look at upcoming campaign.

The MLS schedule release is always one of the most exciting moments of the offseason, and today is certainly no exception. In fact, Sporting’s 2020 slate is about as fan-friendly as they come.

The full 2020 schedule is listed far below, and after absorbing the entire docket game by game, several interesting tidbits emerge. Without further ado, here are the top 10 things to know about Sporting’s 2020 MLS regular season schedule.

1. Stocked on Saturdays

If you’re a fan of Saturday matchdays, you’re in luck. Sporting will play a remarkable 28 of their 34 games on Saturday, including 13 of the club’s 17 home fixtures at Children’s Mercy Park. Here’s a breakdown of 2020 regular season matchdays by day of the week:

  • 28 Saturday matches (13 at home)
  • 4 Sunday matches (3 at home)
  • 2 Wednesday matches (1 at home)

2. Uninterrupted from Start to Finish

As mentioned above, Sporting has just two midweek fixtures on the docket. The club will instead play through FIFA international windows in March, June and September, making for a schedule that has zero bye weeks from opening day on Feb. 29 to Decision Day on Oct. 4. That’s right, Sporting will play on 32 consecutive weekends over the course of 2020. The action will literally be non-stop.

3. Ticket Promotions

Single-game Sporting tickets will go on sale early next year, but fans don’t have to wait until then to secure their seats at Children’s Mercy Park. A variety of multi-game ticket packages are now available, including the limited-time Holiday Pack that bundles Sporting’s home opener against Houston on March 7 with two additional flex matches and a scarf. Click here for more information.

4. Summer of Sporting

It’s tough to beat summertime matches at Children’s Mercy Park. And to everyone’s delight, Sporting will have seven total home games in June and July. Indeed, the summer of 2020 is the Summer of Sporting, as Manager Peter Vermes’ side will host four games in June—up from zero last year—and an additional three in July.

5. Theme Nights are Back

The new season will once again feature a variety of exciting promotions and theme nights, including the return of Retro Night, Sporting Salutes, Sporting Legends, Kick Childhood Cancer Night and more. The full theme night schedule is listed below and subject to change.

  • March 7 vs. Houston Dynamo — Opening Night
  • April 18 vs. Colorado Rapids — Sporting Sustainability & Royals Night
  • May 23 vs. Seattle Sounders FC — Soccer For All
  • June 20 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC — Sporting Legends & Media Match
  • July 5 vs. LAFC — Americana & Fourth of July
  • Aug. 15 vs. San Jose Earthquakes — Retro Night
  • Aug. 29 vs. Columbus Crew SC — Sporting Salutes
  • Sept. 19 vs. Nashville SC — Kick Childhood Cancer Night

6. Ready for the Roaddron

Who’s ready to road trip? Sporting’s 2020 schedule gives fans several awesome travel possibilities throughout the year. Road matches at expansion side Nashville SC, FC Dallas, Minnesota United FC, Chicago and Colorado—each within an eight-hour drive of the Kansas City metro—will all take place on Saturdays. Sporting will continue to offer free away tickets to supporters in 2020, and more information is available by clicking here.

7. Frequent Flyers Early

Sporting will open 2020 with five of their first seven games on the road. The stretch includes a marquee tilt with defending Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Atlanta United FC on March 14 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and an inaugural meeting with Nashville SC on April 11 at Nissan Stadium.

8. Tough Month of May

A daunting month of May will require Sporting to play five opponents that reached the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, including home games against MLS Cup finalists Toronto FC (May 9) and Seattle (May 23) as well as visits to reigning Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC (May 2), Philadelphia Union (May 16) and FC Dallas (May 30).

9. Four on National TV

The regular season docket is highlighted by four nationally televised matchups—one each on ESPN, FS1, ABC and Univision. Sporting will make its ESPN and FS1 debuts against the Portland Timbers, visiting Providence Park on June 13 before hosting the reverse fixture on June 28. Vermes’ men will play on network television for the first time since 2016 when they travel to meet reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC on Aug. 8 on ABC, then make their lone Univision appearance on Sept. 5 with a battle against Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field.

10. PV Hits 400 on Decision Day

Four of Sporting’s final seven fixtures will come against Eastern Conference sides, including the club’s regular season finale against NYCFC on Oct. 6. The curtain closer is one of 13 MLS matches set to kick off simultaneously at 3:30 p.m. CT as the 2020 regular season comes to a dramatic end on Decision Day. And it just so happens that this will be Vermes’ 400th MLS match in charge of Sporting.

Sporting KC 2020 Regular Season Schedule

Home games in caps; kickoff times, television details, theme nights and promos subject to change.

DATE
OPPONENT
TIME (p.m. CT)
TV
THEME/PROMO
Saturday, Feb. 29
at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
9:30
TBD
 
Saturday, March 7
HOUSTON DYNAMO
7:30
TBD
Opening Night
Saturday, March 14
at Atlanta United FC
6:00
TBD
 
Saturday, March 21
at San Jose Earthquakes
9:00
TBD
 
Saturday, March 28
REAL SALT LAKE
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, April 4
at LA Galaxy
9:30
TBD
 
Saturday, April 11
at Nashville SC
7:00
TBD
 
Saturday, April 18
COLORADO RAPIDS
7:30
TBD
Sporting Sustainability; Royals Night
Saturday, April 25
MINNESOTA UNITED FC
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, May 2
at LAFC
9:30
TBD
 
Saturday, May 9
TORONTO FC
3:00
TBD
 
Saturday, May 16
at Philadelphia Union
6:30
TBD
 
Saturday, May 23
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
7:30
TBD
Soccer For All
Saturday, May 30
at FC Dallas
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, June 6
ORLANDO CITY SC
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, June 13
at Portland Timbers
4:00
ESPN
 
Wednesday, June 17
LA GALAXY
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, June 20
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
8:00
TBD
Sporting Legends; Media Match
Sunday, June 28
PORTLAND TIMBERS
5:30
FS1
 
Wednesday, July 1
at Real Salt Lake
9:00
TBD
 
Sunday, July 5
LAFC
5:30
TBD
Americana & Fourth of July
Saturday, July 11
FC CINCINNATI
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, July 18
at Minnesota United FC
7:00
TBD
 
Saturday, July 25
FC DALLAS
7:30
TBD
 
Saturday, Aug. 1
at Montreal Impact
6:00
TBD
 
Saturday, Aug. 8
at Seattle Sounders FC
2:30
ABC
 
Saturday, Aug. 15
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
7:30
TBD
Retro (Founding Club) Night
Saturday, Aug. 22
at New England Revolution
6:30
TBD
 
Saturday, Aug. 29
COLUMBUS CREW SC
7:30
TBD
Sporting Salutes
Saturday, Sept. 5
at Chicago Fire FC
2:30
Univision
 
Saturday, Sept. 12
at Colorado Rapids
8:00
TBD
 
Saturday, Sept. 19
NASHVILLE SC
7:30
TBD
Kick Childhood Cancer Night
Sunday, Sept. 27
at Houston Dynamo
6:30
TBD
 
Sunday, Oct. 4
NEW YORK CITY FC
3:30
TBD
 
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