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Crew’s 2020 full schedule released

The Black & Gold now know who they will play, when and where.

MLS: FC Cincinnati at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 Major League Soccer schedule for Columbus Crew SC was released on Thursday. We already knew the Black & Gold would open the season on March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium against New York City FC, but now the complete schedule, along with opponents, dates and times of games, is out.

Unlike in 2019, Crew fans will not have to sit in the cold weather of Columbus, Ohio nearly as often during the 2020 season. The Black & Gold have just two home games in March as opposed to three the year prior. While the Crew does have four April home games, two of those come late in the month, when the weather traditionally has warmed in Central Ohio.

Black & Gold fans will get to see only one of the 2020 MLS expansion sides in person this year. Inter Miami travels to MAPFRE Stadium on July 5. The Crew play Nashville SC on the road to close out the month of March and finish the regular season at Miami on Oct. 4.

The rivalry against FC Cincinnati, which was newly minted by MLS last year, will continue with two games once again in 2020. The two Ohio-based sides will first meet this season on Sunday, July 19 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati before squaring off just over at month later in Columbus.

New ownership paid its dividends in helping to make this schedule, with a number of the League’s marquee teams appearing at MAPFRE Stadium in 2020. In addition to NYCFC coming to Columbus to open the year, MLS Finals runners up Toronto FC visits in early April, D.C. United and Atlanta United come to town in back-to-back weeks to close out June and the New York Red Bulls make one MAPFRE Stadium appearance in mid-September.

The Crew avoid facing any of MLS’s California teams with the LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club and the San Jose Earthquakes all not on the 2020 schedule.

Columbus Crew’s 2020 MLS schedule:


Opponent Date Time (ET) Venue
Opponent Date Time (ET) Venue
New York City FC Sunday, March 1 12:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Seattle Sounders Saturday, March 7 10:00 p.m. CenturyLink Field
Real Salt Lake Saturday, March 14 5:00 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Nashville SC Saturday, March 21 2:00 p.m Nissan Stadium
Toronto FC Saturday, April 4 4:00 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Orlando City SC Saturday, April 11 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Chicago Fire Sunday, April 19 2:00 p.m. Soldier Field
Philadelphia Union Saturday, April 25 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Minnesota United Wednesday, April 29 7:00 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
New York Red Bulls Saturday, May 2 7:30 p.m. Red Bull Arena
Montreal Impact Saturday, May 9 1:00 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
New England Revolution Saturday, May 16 7:30 p.m. Gillette Stadium
Orland City SC Saturday, May 23 7:30 p.m. Exploria Stadium
Vancouver Whitecaps Wednesday, May 27 7:00 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Philadelphia Union Sunday, May 31 TBD Talen Energy Stadium
Chicago Fire Saturday, June 13 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
FC Dallas Wednesday, June 17 8:30 p.m. Toyota Stadium
D.C. United Saturday, June 20 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Atlanta United Saturday, June 27 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Portland Timbers Wednesday, July 1 10:30 p.m. Providence Park
Inter Miami Sunday, July 5 6:00 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Montreal Impact Saturday, July 11 7:00 p.m. Stade Saputo
FC Cincinnati Sunday, July 19 8:00 p.m. Nippert Stadium
Colorado Rapids Saturday, July 25 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
D.C. United Saturday, August 1 8:00 p.m. Audi Field
Toronto FC Saturday, August 8 7:30 p.m. BMO Field
New York City FC Wednesday, August 12 7:00 p.m. Yankee Stadium
New England Revolution Saturday, August 15 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
FC Cincinnati Saturday, August 22 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Sporting Kansas City Saturday, August 29 8:30 p.m. Children's Mercy Park
Houston Dynamo Saturday, September 12 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
New York Red Bulls Saturday, September 19 7:30 p.m. MAPFRE Stadium
Atlanta United Saturday, September 26 6:00 p.m Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Inter Miami Tuesday, October 20 4:30 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Stadium

Massive Report will have more analysis of the 2020 Columbus Crew schedule to follow.