Eagerly anticipated by North American soccer fans, MLS disclosed its entire fixture schedule this afternoon.
Montreal Impact supporters already knew their opening game would be held at home for the first time-ever, New England Revolution the opponents, February 29 the date.
It’s the only ‘home’ MLS regular-season game the Impact will play indoors. The second ‘home’ game comes up at Stade Saputo on April 18, when Houston Dynamo visit.
In between, Impact will visit Dallas, Minnesota, Orlando and Philadelphia. Of course Montreal fans will be hoping for a successful run in the CONCACAF Champions League, so the squad is likely to be severely stretched and tested, by the time April is out.
Toronto FC is usually the first match-up Impact fans look for when the annual schedule is released. But Quebecers will have to travel to quench their thirst for derby soccer if they can’t wait for August 22, so far Toronto FC’s only scheduled visit to BMO Field in 2020. The clubs meet on June 13 at BMO Field.
Seven of Montreal’s last eleven MLS matches will be played at Stade Saputo, and for the first time ever they will not face every other club at least once in the season. There are no games scheduled against Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers or newcomers, Nashville SC. All teams in the league will still play 34 games but in 2020 it will be twice against each of their association rivals (22 matches), with only a dozen matches against clubs from the opposite conference.
Nashville SC makes its debut by hosting Atlanta United FC at Nissan Stadium, while on March 1, there’s real glamour on view as David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF play their first-ever league game at Los Angeles FC.
TVA Sports will broadcast all of the Montreal Impact’s regular season games, as well as the MLS playoffs.
Frédéric Lord will be accompanied by analysts Vincent Destouches and Hassoun Camara, while Frédérique Guay will provide daily coverage for the team.