Preseason Countdown presented by Children's Mercy - 15 Days

Preseason Countdown presented by Children's Mercy: 15 Days until MLS is Back

As Sporting Kansas City prepares for its 26th season as a charter member of Major League Soccer, SportingKC.com is rolling out a 26-day countdown to the start of the 2021 campaign. A mouthwatering opening weekend of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit the New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. CT on April 17, giving supporters their first look at Manager Peter Vermes’ side since last December.

The 2021 Preseason Countdown, presented by Children’s Mercy, will serve as the comprehensive, go-to preview of everything that awaits Sporting Kansas City in the weeks and months to come. From key storylines and bold predictions to statistical breakdowns and players to watch, the 2021 Preseason Countdown will highlight the many reasons to be excited for what’s ahead. To visit the series homepage as it expands, visit SportingKC.com/2021countdown.


The vast majority of Sporting Kansas City's frequent flyer miles will see the club blaze west in 2021.

Manager Peter Vermes' side will embark on 17 regular season road trips between April 17 and Nov. 3, and only once will their travels take them to the Eastern Time Zone. That game, of course, comes in Week 1 when Sporting ventures to Red Bull Arena.

The next 16 away fixtures will either keep Sporting in the Central Time Zone or take them westward, including a challenging run of five straight road games that eclipse 1,350 miles one way to the Pacific Time Zone. Indeed, from May 22 to Aug. 4, Sporting will have three visits to California interlaced by matches at Portland and Seattle.

Although Sporting's month of August is road-heavy, their flights will be shorter. Following an Aug. 4 fixture at LAFC, Vermes' men will spend three straight Saturdays in cities that are comparatively close by: Denver, Dallas and Minneapolis. None of those flights are longer than 560 miles.

As is annually the case, Sporting's longest journey will take them to Vancouver, British Columbia, when the Whitecaps play host on Oct. 17.

Sporting's time zone breakdown for the club's 17 road fixtures includes one in the Eastern, six in the Central, two in the Mountain and eight in the Pacific. Only twice will Sporting play two away matches in last than a week: LAFC and Colorado on Aug. 4 and 7, followed later by Minnesota and Austin on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3.

Sporting's full regular season travel log is listed below, not taking into account potential mileage for potential matches in the Leagues Cup and MLS Cup Playoffs. Taking round trips into account, the club is slated to travel approximately 34,000 miles during the 2021 campaign.

Date Time (CT) Opponent One-Way Distance (Miles)
Saturday, April 17 7pm at New York Red Bulls 1,094
Saturday, May 1 1pm at Real Salt Lake 923
Wednesday, May 12 7:30pm at Houston Dynamo FC 647
Saturday, May 22 9pm at San Jose Earthquakes 1,482
Saturday, June 19 9:30pm at Portland Timbers 1,494
Sunday, July 4 9:30pm at LA Galaxy 1,354
Sunday, July 25 8pm at Seattle Sounders FC 1,502
Wednesday, Aug. 4 9:30pm at LAFC 1,354
Saturday, Aug. 7 8pm at Colorado Rapids 557
Saturday, Aug. 14 7:30pm at FC Dallas 454
Saturday, Aug. 21 2:30pm at Minnesota United FC 412
Friday, Sept. 3 9pm at LAFC 1,354
Wednesday, Sept. 29 7pm at FC Dallas 454
Sunday, Oct. 17 9pm at Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1,557
Saturday, Oct. 23 8pm at Seattle Sounders FC 1,502
Sunday, Oct. 31 TBD at Minnesota United FC 412
Wednesday, Nov. 3 8pm at Austin FC 636
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