Major League Soccer announced its 2020 regular season schedule thursday morning. The upcoming season will see each of the 26 clubs play 34 matches beginning on March 1 and concluding on October 4.
Seattle Sounders FC has 14 matches slated for a national television audience on ESPN and FOX’s family of networks, beginning with ESPN broadcasting the Rave Green’s season opener against Chicago Fire FC on March 1 at CenturyLink Field.
All other matches are being broadcast throughout Western Washington on the club’s longstanding television partner JOEtv, with the KCPQ affiliate returning for a seventh consecutive season following another campaign that saw the Rave Green lead MLS in broadcast ratings.
As always, Sounders FC’s four 2020 Cascadia Cup matchups against Portland and Vancouver are highlights of the schedule, including a pair of nationally televised fixtures against the Timbers, as Seattle faces its archrival away on May 17 (FS1) and at home on August 22 (ESPN). The Rave Green host Vancouver on April 18 and head north of the border on June 13, with JOEtv carrying both contests.
The 2020 MLS season introduces expansion sides Nashville SC to the Western Conference and Inter Miami CF to the Eastern Conference, bringing the league to a total of 26 clubs in its 25th campaign.
Seattle is set to face Nashville twice, first away on April 3 (FS1) before hosting the Decision Day matchup on October 4. The Rave Green’s lone matchup with Miami is set for August 28 at Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on ESPN.
This season’s schedule features two games each against every Western Conference opponent, as well as one fixture against 10 of the 13 Eastern Conference sides. The three MLS teams Seattle will not face in regular-season play are FC Cincinnati, Orlando City SC and the Philadelphia Union.
Eleven of the club’s final 12 matches of 2020 are against Western Conference opponents, culminating with a home match on Decision Day against Nashville on Sunday, October 4. Other 2020 season highlights include a rematch of 2016, 2017 and 2019 MLS Cup against Toronto FC at BMO Field on July 18. The Rave Green are set to face each of its Southern California rivals twice – with all four matches on national TV.
Seattle takes on Los Angeles FC, who it defeated in the 2019 Western Conference Championship, in consecutive games on July 25 (CenturyLink Field) and August 2 (Banc of California Stadium), with both matches on ABC. Brian Schmetzer’s side faces the LA Galaxy in a road matchup on June 21 on ABC before hosting the return fixture on September 13 on FS1.
Of Sounders FC’s 14 nationally televised fixtures, six matches are airing on FS1, as well as four apiece on ESPN and ABC. The remaining fixtures are slated for the Rave Green’s regional television home of JOEtv. The club’s remaining slate of broadcast affiliate details, radio partners and streaming options are being announced in the New Year.
In 2020, each club will play 34 games (17 home and 17 away), facing conference opponents twice, and playing 10 games against non-conference opponents. Every regular season game in 2020 is a must-win match with the highest seeded teams again earning homefield advantage in the single-elimination Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. The schedule for the final two weeks of the season will elevate that intensity even further, each weekend featuring 12 intraconference matches and just one non-conference matchup as teams battle for playoff spots and positioning at the end of the regular season.
MLS will finish out the regular season with Decision Day presented by AT&T on October 4, as clubs battle for playoff spots and postseason positioning. New in 2020, Sounders FC is providing a limited-time offer for a Championship Celebration Four-Match Pack, which includes tickets to four of team’s most anticipated matches of the upcoming season: The home opener vs. Fire FC, the season-closing Fan Appreciation Match vs. Nashville, and home matches against LAFC and the Portland Timbers.
The Championship Celebration Pack is on sale now and is available for purchase through January 3, providing a convenient way for fans to join the team at big games in 2020 or for Season Members to purchase additional seats for these games.
Championship Celebration Pack tickets are not eligible for resale and seating will be assigned digitally in mid-February, but ticket locations may be selected in either the lower bowl ($200 package price) or upper bowl ($120 package price). Fans are limited to purchasing four lower bowl tickets and eight upper bowl tickets.
Complete ticketing information and 2020 Sounders FC Season Memberships can be found via SoundersFC.com/Tickets. 2020 SOUNDERS FC MLS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
|DAY||DATE||OPPONENT||KICKOFF (PT) / TV|
|Sunday||March 1||vs. Chicago Fire||12:00 p.m. / ESPN|
|Saturday||March 7||vs. Columbus Crew SC||7:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||March 14||at Houston Dynamo||5:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||March 21||vs. FC Dallas||7:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Friday||April 3||at Nashville SC||6:00 p.m. / FS1|
|Saturday||April 18||vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC||7:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||April 25||at Real Salt Lake||6:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||May 2||vs. D.C. United||2:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||May 9||vs. Colorado Rapids||7:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Wednesday||May 13||at San Jose Earthquakes||7:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Sunday||May 17||at Portland Timbers||2:00 p.m. / FS1|
|Saturday||May 23||at Sporting Kansas City||5:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Wednesday||May 27||vs. Montreal Impact||7:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Sunday||May 31||vs. Real Salt Lake||3:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||June 13||at Vancouver Whitecaps FC||7:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Wednesday||June 17||at New England Revolution||4:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Sunday||June 21||at LA Galaxy||12:00 p.m. / ABC|
|Saturday||June 27||vs. New York City FC||2:00 p.m. / ESPN|
|Sunday||July 5||vs. Minnesota United FC||6:00 p.m. / FS1|
|Wednesday||July 8||at New York Red Bulls||5:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Sunday||July 12||at Atlanta United FC||9:30 a.m. / FS1|
|Saturday||July 18||at Toronto FC||4:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Wednesday||July 22||vs. Houston Dynamo||7:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||July 25||vs. Los Angeles FC||12:00 p.m. / ABC|
|Sunday||August 2||at Los Angeles FC||12:30 p.m. / ABC|
|Saturday||August 8||vs. Sporting Kansas City||12:30 p.m. / ABC|
|Sunday||August 16||at Minnesota United FC||4:00 p.m. / FS1|
|Saturday||August 22||vs. Portland Timbers||1:00 p.m. / ESPN|
|Friday||August 28||at Inter Miami CF||5:00 p.m. / ESPN|
|Sunday||September 13||vs. LA Galaxy||3:30 p.m. / FS1|
|Wednesday||September 16||vs. San Jose Earthquakes||7:30 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Sunday||September 20||at FC Dallas||2:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Saturday||September 26||at Colorado Rapids||6:00 p.m. / JOEtv|
|Sunday||October 4||vs. Nashville SC||1:30 p.m. / JOEtv|