MLS announces 2016 schedule; RSL opens season on March 6

Real Salt Lake has a unique schedule where they will play five in a row away from Rio Tinto Stadium while the field gets replaced this Summer.

The 2016 Major League Soccer schedule was released on Thursday, and unveiled the 34-game schedule for Real Salt Lake. RSL opens up the season on the road in Orlando taking on Orlando City SC and their home-opener is against the Seattle Sounders FC, a playoff team from last year.

There are some schedule quirks for Real Salt Lake and that includes playing six of seven games away from Rio Tinto Stadium between April 23 and June 2, and five in a row starting on May 7.

The reason for the lengthy road trip is that Rio Tinto’s field is being replaced between May 1 to June 15, and the first game on the new field is against defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers on June 18.

The flip side of that is that Real Salt Lake ends the season strong at home with six of their final nine games are at home.

The MLS is keeping with the Decision Day intact for the final game of the season which has every game kick off at the same time to end the regular season.

Day    Date              Matchup         Time (MT)      TV          Note:                                         

Sun.         March 6                   @ Orlando City SC                    12:00        KMYU          RSL’s first ever match in Florida

SAT.        MARCH 12             SEATTLE  SOUNDERS FC       2:00        KMYU         All-Time RSL mark of 5-0-6 in MLS Home Openers

Sat.          March 19                 @ Portland Timbers                     8:30        KMYU         MLS Cup 2015 Champs Host Second of Six RSL Matches on Artificial Surface

Sat.          April 2                      @ Sporting Kansas City              6:30        KMYU          A heated rivalry continues at newly-named Children’s Mercy Stadium in KC

SAT.        APRIL 9                  COLORADO RAPIDS                7:30        KMYU         The 12th Rocky Mountain Cup kicks off at home

SAT.        APRIL 16                VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 8:00        KMYU        Canadian upstarts swept RSL last season at Rio Tinto Stadium

Sat.          April 23                    @ LA Galaxy                               8:30        KMYU          Lone Southern California visit by RSL in 2016        

SAT.        APRIL 30                HOUSTON DYNAMO                 7:30        KMYU        Dynamo just 1-5-4 all-time at Rio Tinto Stadium

Sat.          May 7                      @ Colorado Rapids                     7:00        KMYU         RSL kicks off club-record 5-game road trip in Denver during RioT field renovation

Sat.          May 14                    @ Houston Dynamo                    TBA        KMYU          Morales magic has led RSL to back-to-back wins in Houston in 2014-15         

Sat.          May 21                    @ Sporting Kansas City              6:30        KMYU         RSL returns to site of MLS Cup 2013 heartbreak

Sat.          May 28                    @ Columbus Crew SC                5:30        KMYU         Claret-and-Cobalt 2-8-2 across all comps in Ohio all-time

Thu.         June 2                     @ New York City FC                   TBD        KMYU         First-ever visit to Yankee Stadium for RSL

SAT.        JUNE 18                 PORTLAND TIMBERS               8:00        KMYU         Defending MLS Cup champs visit for the first game on the new grass field.

WED.       JUNE 22                 NEW YORK RED BULLS           8:00        KMYU        RSL 4-0-5 in reg. season play against Red Bulls, who opened RioT in 2008

Sat           June 25                   @ FC Dallas                                7:00        KMYU        RSL 1-13-2 all-time, all comps at Dallas          

FRI.         JULY 1                    DC UNITED                                 8:30        KMYU/Univision                Saborio and Espindola visit Rio Tinto for the first time together

SAT.        JULY 9                    MONTREAL IMPACT                 8:00        KMYU        Who will replace Drogba as Impact seek first-ever W in Utah?

Wed.       July 13                    @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC      TBA                                   RSL takes 1-5-1 mark into BC Place

SAT.        JULY 16                  NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 8:00        KMYU        Two biggest margins of victory in RSL history came at home v NE

FRI.         JULY 22                  SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES     9:00        KMYU/Univision               Quakes with just two wins all-time at Rio Tinto Stadium

Sun.         July 31                    @ Philadelphia Union                   TBA                                   RSL unbeaten in eight games all-time against Philly 

Wed.       August 3                  @ Toronto FC                              TBA                           Second East Coast double of 2016 for RSL eases road fatigue

SAT.        AUGUST 6             CHICAGO FIRE                          8:00        KMYU        Fire only visiting club to boast +.500 mark in Utah (3-2-3)

Sun.         August 14                @ Seattle Sounders FC               5:00        FS1                    First of two visits to C-Link in final months of season

SAT.        AUGUST 20           FC DALLAS                                8:00        KMYU                Six of final nine 2016 games at home for RSL

FRI.         August 26              COLORADO RAPIDS                6:00        KMYU/Univision               Earliest weeknight kickoff in club history

WED.       SEPTEMBER 7       LA GALAXY                               7:30        KMYU        Lone Galaxy visit of 2016 after two LA losses at RioT last year

Sat.          September 10         @ Portland Timbers                     8:30        KMYU                 RSL enters 2016 unbeaten in last six visits to Providence Park

SAT.        SEPTEMBER 17     HOUSTON DYNAMO                 7:30        KMYU                Can Morales recreate dominant 2014, 2015 performances v. Dynamo?

SAT.        SEPTEMBER 24     FC DALLAS                                7:30        KMYU                 RSL 9-5-4 all-time at home against Metroplex visitors

Sat.          October 1                @ San Jose Earthquakes           8:30        KMYU                 RSL boasts club-best.500 road mark at SJ (5-5-4 all comps)

SUN.       OCTOBER 16        SPORTING KANSAS CITY        5:00        TBD            RSL winners of two straight v. KC at home since disputed 2013 result

Sun.         October 23              @ Seattle Sounders FC               2:00        KMYU          Decision Day in MLS on the final day of the regular season


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