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Schedule release: Timbers to play first 12 games on the road, will finish with 11 of last 12 at home

Brooklyn Digital Foundry

The full 2019 Major League Soccer schedule was unveiled today, and it comes with some big news for Portland Timbers fans. Thanks to the continuing construction at Providence Park, the Timbers’ first 12 games of the season will be played on the road, while 11 of the last 12 will be played at home. As previously reported, the Timbers’ home opener will be June 1st against Los Angeles FC.

With the addition of FC Cincinnati, the league returns to a balanced schedule with each team playing conference opponents twice and non-conference opponents once. As such, the Cascadia Cup returns to balance, and the Timbers will kick off their Cascadia Cup action on May 10th in Vancouver, while the return match will be the first of a ten-game home stand three months later on August 10th.

The Timbers will play 12 matches on national TV, including both matches against the arch-rival Seattle Sounders (July 10th in Seattle and August 23rd at home), and a rematch of the 2018 MLS Cup on August 18th at Providence Park.

For the first time in recent history, the Timbers will not close the season against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but instead will finish with a home match against the San Jose Earthquakes on October 6th.

Read the full schedule below:

Portland Timbers 2019 Schedule

Date Opponent Kickoff Television
Date Opponent Kickoff Television
Saturday, March 2 @Colorado Rapids 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 @Los Angeles FC 4:30 p.m. FS1
Sunday, March 17 @FC Cincinnati 2 p.m. FS1
Sunday, March 31 @LA Galaxy 6 p.m. ESPN2
Saturday, April 6 @San Jose Earthquakes 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 @FC Dallas 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 @Columbus Crew SC 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 @Toronto FC 12 noon
Saturday, May 4 @Real Salt Lake 6 p.m.
Friday, May 10 @Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15 @Houston Dynamo 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 @Philadelphia Union 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 LOS ANGELES FC 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Saturday, June 22 HOUSTON DYNAMO 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26 @Montreal Impact 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 30 FC DALLAS 8 p.m. UniMás
Sunday, July 7 @New York City FC 3:30 p.m. FS1
Saturday, July 13 COLORADO RAPIDS 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 ORLANDO CITY SC 7 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, July 21 @Seattle Sounders FC 6:30 p.m. FS1
Saturday, July 27 LA GALAXY 7:30 p.m. FS1
Sunday, Aug. 4 @Minnesota United FC 1 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 10 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 14 CHICAGO FIRE 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 18 ATLANTA UNITED FC 7 p.m. FS1
Friday, Aug. 23 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 7 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 31 REAL SALT LAKE 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 SPORTING KANSAS CITY 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15 D.C. UNITED 4:30 p.m. FS1
Wednesday, Sept. 18 NEW YORK RED BULLS 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 MINNESOTA UNITED FC 1:00 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, Sept. 25 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29 @Sporting Kansas City 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1 p.m.