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2022 Sounders schedule: This looks kinda manageable

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Sounders will be on broadcast TV five times this year.

The Seattle Sounders will be on national TV 13 times with five of those matches scheduled to be on broadcast channels, it was announced on Wednesday when the full 34-match schedule was released.

While no schedule is perfect, it’s hard to find too much to complain about with the Sounders. In addition to playing each of the 13 other Western Conference teams home and away, the Sounders will have eight matches against Eastern Conference teams. Of those eight teams, only one (Atlanta) finished as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference standings in 2021, five missed the playoffs entirely and another is an expansion team (Charlotte FC).

This year’s schedule is also notably lighter on short-rest games and long road trips. Unlike last year when the Sounders played half of their games on less than five days of rest, this year’s schedule only includes eight such matches (without factoring in other competitions) and one three-game trip.

The schedule does have at least one sizable challenge: Just four of the Sounders’ 12 games in July and August will be played at home. That stretch of games will also have the Sounders’ five longest trips, as they’ll visit Toronto (July 2), Nashville (July 13), Chicago (July 16), Atlanta (Aug. 6) and Orlando (Aug. 31).

Thanks to a balanced Western Conference schedule, the Sounders will also be limited to just four matches against their Cascadia rivals (two fewer than last year).

New to this year’s schedule is a partnership with the Intentionalist that highlights nine Seattle-area restaurants that align with the club’s social impact and cultural calendar for each month of the season. The restaurants include the Taste of the Caribbean (Central District) for Black History Month (February), Salvadorean Baker (White Center) for Women’s History Month (March), Young Tea (Chinatown-International District) for Earth Month (April), Phnom Penh Noodle House (Chinatown-International District) for AAPI Heritage Month (May), Tres Lecheria (Wallingford) for Pride Month (June), Jackson’s Catfish Corner (Central District) and Umami Kushi (Rainier Beach) for RAVE Foundation (July and August, respectively), Seatango (Lake City) for Latinx Heritage Month (September) and Off the Rez Cafe (University District) for Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 10).

Sounders 2022 schedule

Date Opponent H/A Day Time TV
Date Opponent H/A Day Time TV
February 17 Motagua A Thursday 7 PM TBD
February 24 Mogagua H Thursday 7:30 PM TBD
February 27 Nashville H Sunday 6:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
March 5 Real Salt Lake A Saturday 3 PM Fox13+/Prime
March 12 LA Galaxy H Saturday 12:30 Fox
March 20 Austin FC A Sunday 1:30 PM FS1
April 2 Minnesota United A Saturday 5 PM Fox13+/Prime
April 9 FC Cincinnati H Saturday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
April 16 Inter Miami H Saturday 7 PM FS1
April 23 San Jose Earthquakes A Saturday 7:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
April 30 Vancouver Whitecaps H Saturday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
May 7 FC Dallas A Saturday 5:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
May 15 Minnesota United H Sunday 1 PM ESPN
May 18 Houston Dynamo A Wednesday 5:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
May 22 Colorado Rapids A Sunday 5 PM Fox13+/Prime
May 29 Charlotte FC H Sunday 6:30 PM FS1
June 18 LAFC H Saturday 12 PM ABC
June 25 Sporting KC H Saturday 12 PM ABC
June 29 CF Montreal H Wednesday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
July 2 Toronto FC A Saturday 4:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
July 9 Portland Timbers H Saturday 1:30 PM Fox
July 13 Nashville SC A Wednesday 5:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
July 16 Chicago Fire A Saturday 5 PM Fox13+/Prime
July 23 Colorado Rapids H Saturday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
July 29 LAFC A Friday 8 PM FS1
Aug. 3 FC Dallas H Wednesday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
Aug. 6 Atlanta United A Saturday 12 PM ABC
Aug. 14 Real Salt Lake H Sunday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
Aug. 19 LA Galaxy A Friday 7 PM ESPN
Aug. 26 Portland Timbers A Friday 7 PM ESPN
Aug. 31 Orlando City A Wednesday 4:30 PM Fox13+/Prime
Sept. 4 Houston Dynamo H Sunday 6 PM Fox13+/Prime
Sept. 10 Austin FC H Saturday 5 PM Fox13+/Prime
Sept. 17 Vancouver Whitecaps A Saturday 7 PM Fox13+/Prime
Oct. 2 Sporting KC A Sunday 2 PM FS1
Oct. 9 San Jose Earthquakes H Sunday 2 PM Fox13+/Prime