The 2020 MLS Schedule dropped today and now that we’ve had a moment to digest it, here are five games that that we don’t think you should miss.
1. First Kick - Philadelphia Union, Feb 29 at 5pm
A bit of a gimme, but the first game of the season is always a must. All the pent up tension from not having any FC Dallas soccer to take in for the winter months can be released on opening day! This is also the time we get the first serious look at how Luchi Gonzalez will run his team heading into his second year in charge and how he’ll integrate the new players. Also, because of the new schedule this game’s the first to be in February and on a Leap Day no less! No telling when the next time a game falls on a Leap Day.
2. Fourth of July - San Jose Earthquakes, July 4 at 7pm
Dallas gets to host on America’s Birthday again, and have historically enjoyed good results when hosting on Fourth of July. This year it’ll be against San Jose, who’s been relatively troublesome for Dallas in recent years. Should be fireworks on the field and then some more in the sky after the game.
3. Texas Derby - Houston Dynamo, May 16 at 7:30pm
With MLS expanding like crazy, Dallas will only do home-away games with Western Conference teams, meaning Houston will visit Toyota Stadium just once this year. The Texas Derby is always a testy affair and good for soccer entertainment.
4. Return of Papi - Orlando City, July 18 at 7:30pm
This one is a special one as former FC Dallas Head Coach & Academy Director makes his first return since leaving the club last winter. The festivities will be emotional as Pareja has established himself as a club legend and gifted this club with an incredible Academy. Be weird to see him in purple, but it’ll be good to see him nonetheless.
5. Playoff Rematch - Seattle Sounders, September 20 at 4pm
There’s just something about hosting the inventors of soccer that really gets people going. Maybe it’s because their fanbase is obnoxious or that Seattle keeps winning trophies, but it’s always something with the Sounders every year and with the Sounders not coming to town until late September, there’s certainly going to be a lot of playoff implications for this one.