Countdown to Kickoff | 2 Days: Sporting's 2020 travel log

For the first time in the 25-year history of Major League Soccer, the month of February will mark the start of regular season play. On Saturday, clubs across the United States and Canada will step between the white lines with hopes of collecting three points to begin 2020.

A delectable opening day of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 9:30 p.m. CT, giving supporters their first real look at Manager Peter Vermes’ side since last October.

As the anticipated date approaches, is rolling out a 28-day countdown to first kick, offering a comprehensive preview of the season ahead. From key storylines and positional breakdowns to new fan initiatives and perks at Children’s Mercy Park, our Countdown to Kickoff series highlights the many reasons to be pumped for Sporting’s 2020 campaign. To visit the series homepage as it expands, head to

As the crow flies, Sporting Kansas City's longest MLS road trip of the season comes straight off the bat.

Manager Peter Vermes' men will embark on a 1,557-mile flight this week ahead of Saturday's showdown at BC Place, one of nine Sporting Kansas City voyages that eclipse 1,000 miles over the course of 2020.

The three furthest MLS opponents from Kansas City are situated Pacific Northwest, with Vancouver followed by Seattle (1,489 miles) and Portland (1,482 miles). California destinations San Jose (1,479 miles) and Los Angeles (1,363 miles) round out the top five.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, six Sporting opponents are within 600 miles of Kansas City. In an interesting schedule quirk, half of those short trips come in the final three away matches of the season. Minnesota United FC is geographically the closes (393 miles), followed by Chicago (405 miles), Dallas (460 miles) and expansion side Nashville SC (491 miles).

Sporting's full regular season travel log is listed below, not taking into account potential mileage for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches or playoff games. Taking round trips into account, the club is slated to travel approximately 30,632 miles during the 2020 campaign.

Saturday, Feb. 29 9:30pm at Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1,557
Saturday, March 14 6pm at Atlanta United FC 692
Saturday, March 21 9pm at San Jose Earthquakes 1,479
Saturday, April 4 9:30pm at LA Galaxy 1,363
Saturday, April 11 7pm at Nashville SC 491
Saturday, May 2 9:30pm at LAFC 1,363
Saturday, May 16 6:30pm at Philadelphia Union 1,038
Saturday, May 30 7:30pm at FC Dallas 460
Saturday, June 13 4pm at Portland Timbers 1,482
Wednesday, July 1 9pm at Real Salt Lake 920
Saturday, July 18 7pm at Minnesota United FC 393
Saturday, Aug. 1 6pm at Montreal Impact 1,166
Saturday, Aug. 8 2:30pm at Seattle Sounders FC 1,489
Saturday, Aug. 22 6:30pm at New England Revolution 1,256
Saturday, Sept. 5 2:30pm at Chicago Fire FC 405
Saturday, Sept. 12 8pm at Colorado Rapids 533
Sunday, Sept. 27 6:30pm at Houston Dynamo 559