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Sounders 2017 schedule released

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The title defense starts on the road and ends with two home games against FC Dallas and the Rapids.

The 2017 MLS schedule pits a rematch of MLS Cup 2016 on Saturday May 6th at 1 PM (ESPN) when Seattle Sounders host Toronto FC. Seattle will be on national TV 12 times (ESPN 6 times, FS1 5 times, one time on FOX and none on UniMas) in 2017. The season starts with two road games (at Houston on March 4 and at Montreal on the 11th). It ends with a playoff run-in of sorts. The Sounders will play on zero dates during CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

The home opener is Sunday March 19th. Season ticket holders have a special presale code to buy additional tickets to what looks to be a nearly full stadium match.

Although all of MLS will break for the Gold Cup group stage, the Sounders are likely to play three games in July without their national team players.. The 4th of July match at Colorado will likely be short players who are already with their national teams as the tournament starts three days later and home games against D.C. United (July 19) and San Jose Earthquakes (July 23) will be during the knockout rounds.

Seattle first match against Atlanta United will be at home March 31. They visit the other expansion team on Aug. 5 and then host Minnesota United on Aug. 20.

Cascadia Cup action features the Sounders going on the road to Portland Timbers once, on Sunday June 25. The Sounders host Portland Saturday May 25 and Sunday Aug. 27. The matches against Vancouver Whitecaps are away on Friday April 14th, away on Wednesday Aug. 23 and at home on Wednesday Sept. 27.

Most of 2017’s matches are on Saturdays with 14 being played then. Sounders play seven midweek games, six of those are on Wednesdays and the other is on the Fourth of July. Neither of their Friday matches are on national TV. The other 11 games are on Sunday.

Sounders 2017 Schedule

DAY DATE OPPONENT KICKOFF (PT) / NATIONAL TV
DAY DATE OPPONENT KICKOFF (PT) / NATIONAL TV
Saturday March 4 at Houston Dynamo 5:30 p.m.
Saturday March 11 at Montreal Impact 4:00 p.m.
Sunday March 19 New York Red Bulls 4:00 p.m. / FS1
Friday March 31 Atlanta United FC 7:00 p.m. / FS1
Saturday April 8 at San Jose Earthquakes 7:30 p.m.
Friday April 14 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sunday April 23 at LA Galaxy 1:00 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday April 29 New England Revolution 7:00 p.m.
Saturday May 6 Toronto FC 1:00 p.m. / ESPN
Saturday May 13 at Chicago Fire 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday May 17 at Sporting Kansas City 5:30 p.m.
Saturday May 20 Real Salt Lake 2:00 p.m.
Saturday May 27 Portland Timbers 12:00 p.m. / FOX
Wednesday May 31 at Columbus Crew SC 4:30 p.m.
Sunday June 4 Houston Dynamo 7:00 p.m.
Saturday June 17 at New York City FC 10:00 a.m. / ESPN
Wednesday June 21 Orlando City SC 7:30 p.m.
Sunday June 25 at Portland Timbers 1:00 p.m. / ESPN
Tuesday July 4 at Colorado Rapids 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 19 D.C. United 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 23 San Jose Earthquakes 7:00 p.m.
Saturday July 29 at LA Galaxy TBD / ESPN
Saturday August 5 at Minnesota United FC 5:00 p.m.
Saturday August 12 Sporting Kansas City 1:00 p.m.
Sunday August 20 Minnesota United FC 7:00 p.m. / FS1
Wednesday August 23 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sunday August 27 Portland Timbers 6:30 p.m. / FS1
Sunday September 10 LA Galaxy 6:00 p.m. / FS1
Saturday September 16 at FC Dallas 5:00 p.m.
Saturday September 23 at Real Salt Lake 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 27 Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sunday October 1 at Philadelphia Union 10:00 a.m. / ESPN
Sunday October 15 FC Dallas 2:00 p.m.
Sunday October 22 Colorado Rapids 1:00 p.m.

It remains unclear how CONCACAF Champions League will work this year, but Seattle could have more midweek games added for that tournament as well as the U.S. Open Cup.

The season ends with Seattle having three of their final four matches at home. As last year, the final two weeks of the regular season will feature flex scheduling for the TV partners. Every Eastern Conference match will start at Noon Pacific with every Western Conference match at 2 PM during the penultimate match day. On Decision Day every game will start at the same time.