NYCFC 2017 Calendar: What’s old is new again

NYCFC schedule

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

There are some very familiar aspects to New York City FC’s 2017 MLS calendar.

NYCFC will end their regular season at home for the third straight season (and against Columbus Crew SC for the second time) on October 22. That will come after they start their season in Orlando (again), opening Orlando City SC’s new stadium on March 5.

After opening the season in Orlando, NYCFC will play their next three matches at home against D.C. United on March 12, the Montreal Impact on March 18 and the San Jose Earthquakes on April 1. The beginning of the baseball season will lead to away games in D.C. on April 8 and in Philadelphia on April 14. City closes the month of April with a home meeting with Orlando City on the 23rd and a road trip to Columbus on the 29th.

Two of the three Hudson River Derbies will be at Red Bull Arena. The first, set for Saturday 1:30 p.m. June 24, will be aired on FOX. The second is set for Friday August 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The match at Yankee Stadium takes place on Sunday August 6 at 6 p.m. on FS1. City will play expansion teams Atlanta United FC twice (home on May 7, away on May 28) and Minnesota United FC once on June 29.

Fifteen of NYCFC’s matches are scheduled for national television across the United States. Broadcast network FOX will air the first meeting with the New York Red Bulls and Univision will air City’s match against Atlanta May 7 at 4. ESPN will show six matches including its meeting with defending MLS Cup Champions, Seattle Sounders FC on June 17 at 1 p.m. FS1 will air five matches including City’s away trip to the LA Galaxy August 13 at 8 p.m. UniMás will air two matches.

City will play Toronto FC twice in eleven days in July starting at home on Wednesday the 19th and away on Sunday the 30th at 2 p.m. To go with the trip to LA, the Pigeons will fly west for matches against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake May 14 and 17th, Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 5 and to Colorado to face the Rapids on September 16.

After facing the Rapids, the Bronx Blues head home to face the Houston Dynamo on September 23 which starts a three-game, seven-day stretch that includes a trip to Montreal on the 27th and ends in Chicago on the 30th. After the October international break, City ends their regular season away at the New England Revolution on the 15th before facing Crew SC on the 22nd. Both of those matches are subject to flex scheduling for national television.