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Union’s 2018 regular season schedule announced

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The Union open up their season with four home games out of their first five.

Philadelphia Union vs Atlanta United Photo Gallery Trey Madara / Brotherly Game

The first sign of the 2018 season being close to kickoff is here! Today, MLS dropped the regular season schedules for all of their teams, but since we’re a Union-based blog, let’s just talk about the Union’s slate of games.

Importantly, the Union have four of their first five at home, with a pair of two-game home stands broken up by a fixture against the Rapids in the middle. For an organization with a lot to prove at just about every stop, those first five games provide a big chance to impress with their quality of play on the field.

Because of the World Cup, the Union will have more than two weeks off in mid-June. Their home game against Toronto FC on June 8th will be their last before the break, and they’ll return to play with another home game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Union close the season with a pair of matches against the New York clubs, hosting the New York Red Bulls before traveling to Yankee Stadium

This is a really odd schedule. Usually teams play conference opponents two times a season, but in order to fill out the schedule, teams have to take on the same opponent three times. Usually, those extra conference games go to teams that are considered rivals. In 2017, the Union played the Red Bulls, D.C. United, and the Montreal Impact three times. This year they’ll only have two three-game series by virtue of the addition of Los Angeles FC. The Union will meet the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution on three occasions this season, starting in March.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Date Opponent Time (ET) / National TV
Date Opponent Time (ET) / National TV
Saturday, March 3 New England Revolution TBD
Saturday, March 17 Columbus Crew SC TBD
Saturday, March 31 at Colorado Rapids 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 San Jose Earthquakes TBD
Friday, April 13 Orlando City SC 8:00 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday, April 21 at FC Dallas 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 D.C. United 3:30 p.m. / UniMás
Friday, May 4 at Toronto FC 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 at Columbus Crew 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 at Montreal Impact 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 Real Salt Lake TBD
Saturday, May 26 at New York Red Bulls 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30 Chicago Fire TBD
Saturday, June 2 at Atlanta United FC 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 8 Toronto FC 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 Vancouver Whitecaps 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 30 at LAFC 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 Atlanta United FC TBD
Wednesday, July 11 at Chicago Fire 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 LA Galaxy TBD
Wednesday, July 25 at Houston Dynamo 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 at Portland Timbers 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11 at New England Revolution 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18 NYCFC TBD
Saturday, August 25 New England Revolution TBD
Wednesday, August 29 at D.C. United 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 1 at Orlando City SC 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 15 Montreal Impact TBD
Wednesday, September 19 at Seattle Sounders 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 23 Sporting Kansas City 1:00 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday, September 29 at Columbus Crew 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 6 Minnesota United FC TBD
Sunday, October 21 New York Red Bulls TBD
Sunday, October 28 at NYCFC 4:30 p.m.