Mark your calendars: Key dates for the 2020 season

The celebration of a new year—and a new decade—means that soccer season is just around the corner.

With schedules released and several other high-profile events on tap, Sporting Kansas City fans can whip out their 2020 calendars and start scribbling in the dates. Supporters have already learned details for the club’s MLS opener and first home game, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

SportingKC.com has listed the calendar highlights of 2020 in the space below, complete with all of the important dates you need to know.

Sporting Kansas City

  • Sunday, Jan. 19: Club travels to Arizona for start of preseason
  • Feb. 15-22: Visit Tucson Sun Cup in Tucson, Arizona
  • Saturday, Feb. 29: MLS season opener at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Saturday, March 7: MLS home opener vs. Houston Dynamo
  • Sunday, Oct. 4: MLS regular season finale vs. New York City FC

Major League Soccer

  • Thursday, Jan. 9: MLS SuperDraft (Rounds 1-2)
  • Monday, Jan. 13: MLS SuperDraft (Rounds 3-4)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Primary transfer window opens
  • Friday, Feb. 28: MLS Roster Compliance date
  • Tuesday, May 5: Primary transfer window closes
  • Tuesday, July 7: Secondary transfer window opens
  • Wednesday, July 29: MLS All-Star Game in Los Angeles (MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5: Secondary transfer window closes
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1: MLS Roster Freeze date
  • Sunday, Oct. 4: MLS regular season ends
  • October: MLS Cup Playoffs begin
  • Saturday, Nov. 7: MLS Cup 2020

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

  • Friday, April 10: Third Round draw (Sporting learns first opponent)
  • April 21-23: Third Round (Sporting enters tournament)
  • May 19-20: Round of 32
  • June 9-10: Possible Round of 16 date
  • June 23-24: Possible Round of 16 or Quarterfinal date
  • July 14-15: Possible Quarterfinal or Semifinal date
  • Aug. 11-12: Possible Semifinal or Final date
  • Sept. 22-24: Possible Final date

FIFA International Dates

  • March 23-31: International window
  • June 1-9: International window
  • June 4-7: 2020 Concacaf Nations League Final Championship
  • June 12 – July 12: UEFA Euro 2020
  • June 12 – July 12: 2020 Copa America
  • June – July: 2020 Concacaf U-20 Championship
  • July 23 – Aug. 8: Tokyo 2020 Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament
  • Aug. 31 – Sept. 8: International window
  • Oct. 5-13: International window
  • Nov. 9-17: International window

Sporting KC II & Academy

  • Feb. 14-17: U-15 & U-17 Generation adidas Cup Qualifying (Carson, California)
  • Sunday, March 8: Sporting KC II USL Championship season opener vs. Charlotte Independence at Children’s Mercy Park
  • March/April TBA: U-15 & U-17 Generation adidas Cup Finals (Frisco, Texas)
  • June 18-30: U-15/17/19 Development Academy Summer Showcase & Playoffs
  • July 9-12: U-15/17/19 Development Academy National Championships
  • October: USL Championship regular season ends
  • October – November: USL Championship Playoffs
  • November: USL Championship Final

eMLS

  • Friday, Jan. 10 – League Series One (Philadelphia)
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – League Series Two (Portland, Oregon)
  • Saturday, March 21 – eMLS Cup (Austin, Texas)
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