Orlando City To Open 2017 MLS Campaign on March 5 Against New York City FC

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Lions begin road schedule on March 11 at New England Revolution

ORLANDO, Fla.Orlando City SC will open its third Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign on Sunday, March 5, hosting fellow 2015 expansion rival New York City FC. The complete regular season schedule, along with the television schedules for the U.S. and Canada, will be announced in early January.

With this match, the Lions will debut its new world-class, 25,500-capacity soccer venue in downtown Orlando. While the 2017 season ticket capacity of 18,000 is sold out, fans can sign up for the 2018 waiting list through a LionNation membership. A limited amount of single game tickets will go on sale to the general public in February 2017. Fans are encouraged to become members of LionNation to receive first access to single game tickets as they become available. For more information about season, single game and group tickets, please visit www.orlandocitysc.com/tickets.

Scheduled to kickoff at 5 p.m. ET, the 2017 season opener will mark the seventh matchup between the expansion sides. Since its record-breaking inaugural MLS game in front of over 62,500 fans against NYCFC in 2015, Orlando has dominated the all-time series with a 3-1-2 record.

Their previous encounters have proven to be thrillers, with 21 goals scored in six games, including six goals by City’s Cyle Larin, three from Lions captain Kaká and three from 2016 MLS Most Valuable Player David Villa.

Additionally, City will travel north for its first away match of the season, when it visits the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 11, at Gillette Stadium. The Lions will aim to continue their perfect record in road openers, having earned clean sheet victories in their past two occasions.

Coming off a season that featured record numbers in both attendance and total television viewership, MLS’ 22nd season includes a pair of expansion clubs taking the field in new markets of Atlanta and Minnesota.

Each club will play 34 games, comprised of 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their 10 conference opponents twice during the season with one game at home and one game away. Clubs also will compete in select additional games against different conference opponents three times, and they will face non-conference opponents once.

2017 Major League Soccer Home Openers
All times are EST and schedule is subject to change

WEEK 1

Friday, March 3, 2017 (home team listed first):

9:30 p.m. – Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United FC (Providence Park)

Saturday, March 4, 2017 (home team listed first):

2 p.m. – Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire (MAPFRE Stadium)
4 p.m. – LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas (StubHub Center)
4:30 p.m. – Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC (Rio Tinto Stadium)
6 p.m. – Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
10 p.m. – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact (Avaya Stadium)
8:30 p.m.  – Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC (BBVA Compass Stadium)
7 p.m. – D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City (RFK Stadium)

Sunday, March 5, 2016 (home team listed first):

5 p.m. – Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando City SC Stadium)
7 p.m. – Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
9:30 p.m. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Philadelphia Union (BC Place)

WEEK 2

Saturday, March 11 (home team listed first):

2 p.m. – New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC (Gillette Stadium)
4 p.m. – New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids (Red Bull Arena)
4:30 p.m. – Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC (Talen Energy Stadium)
7 p.m. – Montreal Impact vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Olympic Stadium)
9 p.m. – Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas (Children’s Mercy Park)
2 p.m. – Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake (Toyota Park)

Sunday, March 12 (home team listed first):

2 p.m. – New York City FC vs. D.C. United (Yankee Stadium)
5 p.m. – Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta United (TCF Bank Stadium)

WEEK 3

Saturday, March 18 (home team listed first):

8 p.m. – FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Stadium)

Sunday, March 19 (home team listed first):

7 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls (CenturyLink Field)

WEEK 5

Friday, March 31 (home team listed first):

7:30 p.m. – Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (BMO Field)

About Orlando City SC:

After winning three USL-Pro Championships over a four-year span, Orlando City SC quickly set the standard for professional soccer clubs, both on and off the field, and was awarded the 21st franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS) on Nov. 19, 2013. The Club began MLS play in Central Florida in 2015, setting league attendance records for an expansion side in its first season and has welcomed over 60,000 fans for consecutive season-opening matches in 2015 and 2016. The Lions, who held the second highest average attendance in the league for the second consecutive season, will begin play in a privately funded, state-of-the-art downtown stadium in the 2017 MLS season.

Orlando City SC also operates Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Orlando City B of the United Soccer League (USL), which both began play in 2016. For more information, visit www.orlandocitysc.com, www.orlando-pride.com or www.orlandocityb.com.

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