With Christmas just six days away, Major League Soccer decided to give an early gift to soccer fans on Thursday. The league released the 2020 schedule and provided a look at Columbus Crew SC soccer heading into the next decade.
It’s been a big week for the Black & Gold as the team signed defender Vito Wormgoor on Wednesday and appears close to completing a transaction for Tigres UNAL midfielder Lucas Zelarayan.
The schedule release is just icing on the cake.
It’s been known that the Crew is opening the 2020 season against New York City FC but the remainder of the schedule remained a mystery. The league provided some clarity with the schedule release Thursday afternoon and fans took to social media to share their thoughts.
The highlight of the day occurred when ESPN posted the schedule way before the league did its official release. Fans began making their weekend plans almost immediately.
Excitement began to build.
Some fans even took an analytical route and broke down the schedule by date and month.
Other individuals were quick to break out their calendar or smartphone as they learned the dates that the Crew would face off against new minted rival FC Cincinnati.
Columbus City Council even took to their Twitter account to join in the excitement.
One fact that several found surprising is that the Black & Gold won’t travel or face a team from the state of California in 2020. Meaning that the Crew won’t see Los Angeles Football Club, LA Galaxy or the San Jose Earthquakes unless they meet in the playoffs.
A point of contention remains as Columbus are featured in just one nationally televised game this season.
With the earlier start to the MLS season, it’s exciting to see fans getting ready for what’s to come. Under the direction of Tim Bezbatchenko and head coach Caleb Porter the Black & Gold look ready to hit the ground running in the new decade.