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MLS NEXT Pro announces 2023 schedule for Crew 2

The defending MLS NEXT Pro champions know their route to another title.

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

It has finally arrived for Columbus Crew 2 fans. The 2023 MLS NEXT Pro schedule has been released.

Crew 2 will play a total of 28 matches in the 2023 season, four more than the previous season. The Black & Gold, the defending MLS NEXT Pro champions, travel to take on New York Red Bulls II to start the season on March 26. This is the inaugural season for Red Bulls II in the MLS NEXT Pro.

The first home match for Columbus will be at Historic Crew Stadium on April 16, against New England Revolution II. Crew 2 defeated New England in both matches last season, scoring four goals in each game while only giving up one.

Last season, the Black & Gold were dominant in MLS NEXT Pro, going 16-3-5-2 and finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference and regular season standings. In MLS NEXT Pro, teams go straight to a penalty kick shootout in the event of a tie. Columbus lost three penalty shootouts and won the other two in 2022. A team gets only one point for a loss in penalty kicks and two for a win, as is normal three points are awarded for winning in regulation.

Two of Crew 2’s losses last year were to Rochester New York FC, one in regulation and the other in penalties. While the Black & Gold were able to avenge their losses in the postseason, sadly Rochester was forced to close operations and will not compete in MLS NEXT Pro this year.

While Columbus won’t be able to do battle with the team that gave Crew 2 the most problems in Year 1, fans of both the Black & Gold and FC Cincinnati 2 will not soon forget the regular season final where Columbus won 9-0 over the in-state rival. FC Cincy did win a match against Crew in penalty kicks in Cincinnati but the Black & Gold outscored FC Cincy 16-3 over the course of the three games. This season, the Black & Gold will FC Cincinnati 2 once on August 19 and travel to Cincinnati twice, once on on May 21 and again on September 17.

Other games to circle on the calendar are June 4 against Chicago Fire II at Field and on May 5 and June 25 when Crew 2 plays Huntsville City FC, Nashville City’s MLS NEXT Pro team, for the first time at Historic Crew Stadium.

An interesting twist for the MLS NEXT Pro playoffs is that the top seed in each conference will get to choose the opponent they wish to host for the conference semifinal. The top seed in each conference will receive an automatic bid to the conference semifinal.

While tickets are available for each home match, many games will be broadcast on the MLS Season Pass. Any games not broadcast on MLS Season Pass can be found through the live stream on

2023 Columbus Crew 2 schedule

Sunday, Mar 26, 2023 3/26/2023 7:00pm NYRB Columbus Pittser Field - Montclair State University
Sunday, Apr 09, 2023 4/9/2023 7:00pm Chicago Columbus SeatGeek Stadium
Sunday, Apr 16, 2023 4/16/2023 1:00pm Columbus New England Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, Apr 23, 2023 4/23/2023 2:00pm Charlotte Columbus Mecklenberg County Sportsplex
Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 4/30/2023 5:00pm Columbus Miami Historic Crew Stadium
Friday, May 05, 2023 5/5/2023 7:00pm Columbus Huntsville Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, May 14, 2023 5/14/2023 2:00pm Columbus Orlando Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, May 21, 2023 5/21/2023 6:00pm Cincinnati Columbus Northern Kentucky University
Thursday, May 25, 2023 5/25/2023 7:00pm New England Columbus Gillette Stadium
Sunday, May 28, 2023 5/28/2023 7:00pm Philadelphia Columbus Subaru Park
Sunday, Jun 04, 2023 6/4/2023 2:00pm Columbus Chicago Stadium
Sunday, Jun 11, 2023 6/11/2023 3:30pm Columbus Charlotte Historic Crew Stadium
Thursday, Jun 15, 2023 6/15/2023 7:00pm Columbus Atlanta Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, Jun 18, 2023 6/18/2023 7:00pm New York Columbus Belson Stadium
Sunday, Jun 25, 2023 6/25/2023 5:00pm Columbus Huntsville Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, Jul 02, 2023 7/2/2023 6:00pm Chicago Columbus SeatGeek Stadium
Friday, Jul 07, 2023 7/7/2023 8:00pm Toronto Columbus York Lions University Stadium
Monday, Jul 24, 2023 7/24/2023 7:00pm Columbus Philadelphia Historic Crew Stadium
Friday, Jul 28, 2023 7/28/2023 7:30pm Atlanta Columbus Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Friday, Aug 04, 2023 8/4/2023 7:00pm Columbus Toronto Historic Crew Stadium
Wednesday, Aug 09, 2023 8/9/2023 7:00pm Huntsville Columbus Joe Davis Stadium
Sunday, Aug 13, 2023 8/13/2023 7:00pm Columbus NYRB Historic Crew Stadium
Saturday, Aug 19, 2023 8/19/2023 7:00pm Columbus Cincinnati Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, Aug 27, 2023 8/27/2023 7:00pm Orlando Columbus Osceola Heritage Park
Sunday, Sep 03, 2023 9/3/2023 5:00pm Miami Columbus DRV Pink Stadium
Friday, Sep 08, 2023 9/8/2023 7:00pm Columbus New York Historic Crew Stadium
Sunday, Sep 17, 2023 9/17/2023 6:00pm Cincinnati Columbus Northern Kentucky University
Sunday, Sep 24, 2023 9/24/2023 2:00pm Columbus Atlanta Historic Crew Stadium