Red Bulls schedule breakdown for 2016

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

The long awaited MLS 2016 season schedule has finally dropped, and the New York Red Bulls have several interesting fixtures to look forward to.

New York open their season on Sunday, March 6th at 1:30 P.M. against Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. That is just one of 15 schedule Sunday matches; eight of which are scheduled for the afternoon. The Red Bulls will also feature in eight midweek matches; four on Wednesday, four on Friday. Of those matches, three will be hosted at Red Bull Arena (vs. Orlando City and Chicago on Wednesday nights, and FC Dallas on Friday). Of the four Friday matches, two will be televised on Univision, and two will be featured on UniMas.

Of the 17 home matches at Red Bull Arena, 14 will be played on Saturday (6) and Sunday (8).

After enjoying two out of three home matches against NYCFC in 2015, City will host two matches against the Red Bulls; once on May 21st, and again on July 3rd. The Red Bulls will host NYCFC on July 24th at 1 PM.

24 matches are scheduled against Eastern Conference sides. They will play each rival three times, except for the New England Revolution, Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew who will only face twice. Meanwhile, four out of five Western Conference matches will be played at Red Bull Arena (Sporting Kansas City, FC Dallas, Seattle, Portland), reducing the hardships of travel time this season.

In total, the Red Bulls may enjoy up to 17 nationally televised matches in 2016, meeting the league maximum. As of now, four games are scheduled for ESPN, one on ESPN 2, two on FOX Sports, five on FOX Sports 1 and four on Unimas/Univision.

Here is the full schedule:

New York Red Bulls 2016 MLS Schedule
Date                           Opponent                Location                      Time             TV
Sunday, March 6        Toronto FC              Red Bull Arena           1:30 p.m.    TBA
Saturday, March 12      Montreal                   Montreal, Que.             TBA            TBA
Saturday, March 19     Houston                  Red Bull Arena           7 p.m.        TBA
Friday, April 1              New England            Foxboro, Mass.            7 p.m.         UniMas
Saturday, April 9        Sporting KC            Red Bull Arena           7 p.m.        TBA
Wednesday, April 13    San Jose                  San Jose, Calif.           10:30 p.m.   TBA
Saturday, April 16        Colorado                   Commerce City, Colo.   9 p.m.        TBA
Sunday, April 24        Orlando City SC       Red Bull Arena           7:30 p.m.   FOX Sports 1
Friday, April 29          FC Dallas                 Red Bull Arena            7 p.m.       UniMas
Friday, May 6              Orlando City SC        Orlando, Fla.                 7 p.m.        UniMas
Friday, May 13             D.C. United              Washington, D.C.         7 p.m.        UniMas
Wednesday, May 18    Chicago                   Red Bull Arena           7:30 p.m.   TBA
Saturday, May 21         New York City FC     Bronx, N.Y.                  3 p.m.        FOX Sports
Saturday, May 28        Toronto FC               Red Bull Arena          7 p.m.        TBA
Sunday, June 19         Seattle                      Red Bull Arena          7:30 p.m.   FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, June 22    Real Salt Lake           Sandy, Utah                10 p.m.      TBA
Saturday, June 25        Columbus                  Columbus, Ohio           7:30 p.m.   TBA
Sunday, July 3             New York City FC      Bronx, N.Y.                 Noon         ESPN
Sunday, July 10          Portland                    Red Bull Arena          6 p.m.       ESPN2
Wednesday, July 13   Orlando City SC        Red Bull Arena           7:30 p.m.  TBA
Sunday, July 17           Philadelphia               Chester, Pa.                 7 p.m.       FOX Sports 1
Sunday, July 24          New York City FC     Red Bull Arena           1 p.m.       FOX Sports
Sunday, July 31           Chicago                     Bridgeview, Ill.              TBA          TBA
Sunday, August 7         LA Galaxy                 Carson, Calif.               9:30 p.m.   Fox Sports 1
Saturday, August 13   Montreal                   Red Bull Arena            7 p.m.       TBA
Sunday, August 21       D.C. United               Washington, D.C.         3 p.m.        ESPN
Sunday, August 28     New England            Red Bull Arena            2:30 p.m.  ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 3         Vancouver                 Vancouver, B.C.            TBA          TBA
Sunday, Sept. 11        D.C. United               Red Bull Arena            1 p.m.      ESPN
Sunday, Sept. 18         Toronto FC                Toronto, Ontario             7 p.m.       FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Sept. 24      Montreal                    Red Bull Arena            7 p.m.      TBA
Saturday, Oct. 1          Philadelphia             Red Bull Arena             7 p.m.      TBA
Saturday, Oct. 16        Columbus                 Red Bull Arena            5 p.m.      TBA
Sunday, Oct. 23           Philadelphia               Chester, Pa.                  4 p.m.       TBA

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  • Frederick Rerun Stubbs

    Long awaited? The season just ended a month ago.

  • Troy

    Time is all relative. I’m still wanting more after last years great run. They need to go all out this year.

    • Ron-the-Red

      Only 6 Saturday Games ?? And a 1pm July Summer game ??? Saturday Night games are always more fun, easier for the fans, and much much stronger attendance. This really is lame. Sunday Night Games are not good for attendance. A game with strong attendance is more exciting for the fans and more inspirational for the energy of the players and typically helps for a better play on the field. I am a 6Yr STH and I am very frustrated by this schedule. ARGH.

      • Andrew

        Look at the games they have scheduled on Sundays though…

        3/6 – Toronto FC – Good crowd because of home opener

        4/24 – Orlando City – That’ll be a good crowd because of Kaka and OCSC being a team that draws well

        6/19 – Seattle Sounders – Sounders are the biggest attendance club in MLS and always draw a big crowd here.

        7/10 – Portland Timbers – Defending MLS Cup Champs and Pacific NW, again always draws a good crowd.

        7/24 – New York City FC – Derby match…Need I say more?

        8/28 – New England Revolution – Potentially hugely important match against an old foe who has drawn big crowds the last 3 seasons.

        9/11 – DC United – Our biggest rivals…Need I say more?

        All of the Sunday home games are against teams that will draw big crowds to Red Bull Arena. There is absolutely nothing bad about this schedule for Red Bulls fans.

        I’ve been a fan of the team for about a decade and am a first-year STH this season. I think its fantastic that we have 14 games on the weekend(6-SAT and 8-SUN). And to put it in perspective for you. We had only 4 Saturday games last year and 9 Sunday games. So, we got rid of one mid-week game and one Sunday game, then added two Saturday games and you are frustrated by that? We got a really good setup this season, you should be able to realize that after having been a fan for so long.


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