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Real Salt Lake Announces 2019 Schedule

Jan 7, 2019, 2:25 PM | Updated: 8:51 pm
Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (6) pumps his fist as he celebrates a RSL goal during the ...
Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (6) pumps his fist as he celebrates a RSL goal during the New England Revolution versus Real Salt Lake at soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Mark your calendars, Real Salt Lake has announced its 2019 MLS regular season schedule.

The 2019 season will mark the 15th season in the club’s history and its 11th in the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium.

Last season, RSL advanced to the playoffs thanks to some help from a Houston win over the LA Galaxy on Decision Day. RSL won its knockout round game against LAFC before falling to Sporting KC in a two-game series.

The Schedule

The 34-game schedule will begin on the road against the Houston Dynamo on March 2, with the home opener the next week against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on March 9.

Saturday, March 2 at Houston
Saturday, March 9 vs. Vancouver
Saturday, March 16 at D.C. United
Saturday, March 23 at LAFC
Saturday, March 30 vs. FC Dallas
Saturday, April 6 at Seattle
Saturday, April 13 vs. Orlando
Friday, April 19 at Cincinnati
Sunday, April 23 at LA Galaxy
Saturday, May 4 vs. Portland
Saturday, May 11 vs. Colorado
Saturday, May 18 vs. Toronto
Friday, May 24 vs. Atlanta
Wednesday, May 29 at Montreal
Saturday, June 1 at New York Red Bulls
Tuesday, June 25 at Chicago
Saturday, June 29 vs. Sporting KC
Wednesday, July 3 vs Columbus
Saturday, July 6 at San Jose
Saturday, July 13 vs. Philadelphia
Saturday, July 20 vs. Minnesota
Saturday, July 27 at Dallas
Saturday, August 3 vs. New York City
Saturday, August 10 vs. Seattle
Saturday, August 17 vs. LAFC
Saturday, August 24 vs. Colorado
Saturday, August 31 at Portland
Wednesday, September 11 vs. San Jose
Sunday, September 15 at Minnesota
Saturday, September 21 at New England
Wednesday, September 25 vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, September 29 vs. Houston
Sunday, October 6 at Vancouver

Big Opening Month

The beginning of the season could be tricky for RSL, as the club will play six of its first nine matches away from home. Road games were tough for RSL last season as they racked up just a 3-11-3 record away from Rio Tinto Stadium last season.

Part of that early stretch will include a match on March 16 against D.C. United, which will be RSL’s first match in the new Audi Field.

Following that match, RSL will face LAFC on March 23 in a rematch of last season’s upset playoff victory for RSL.

Champs In Town

The defending champions Atlanta United will be in town on May 24. That game will be broadcast nationally.

RSL vs. Zlatan

Real Salt Lake will face all of its Western Conference foes twice in 2019, which means that they’ll be taking on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy both at home and away.

The high-scoring Swedish national will host RSL on April 28 and then come to visit Rio Tinto Stadium on September 25.

Fireworks

Fireworks will fill the air on July 3 as the club will host its annual Independence Day fireworks at the stadium when Columbus Crew SC comes to visit. All-time, RSL is 3-1-6 on fireworks games.

Favorable Stretch For RSL

The stretch from June 29 to September 11 will be RSL’s best chance to make a run. In that time, they’ll have nine of 13 matches at home. In the 2018 season, RSL was the top home team in the Western Conference with an 11-2-4 record.

Decision Day

After missing out on playing on Decision Day in 2018, RSL will be playing on the what could be the fateful final week of the season on October 6 at Vancouver.

The last time that RSL played at home on Decision Day was in 2017, when the club beat Sporting KC 2-1 at home. The game had no impact on RSL’s playoff hopes as they missed out on the postseason that year.

Broadcast Info

All 34 games are scheduled to be broadcast on KSL.com and the KSLTV app.

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