Real Salt Lake Announces 2019 MLS Regular Season Schedule

SANDY, Utah (Monday, January 7, 2019)Real Salt Lake announced the club’s 2019 MLS regular season schedule on Monday, solidifying the calendar for the club’s 15th season in Major League Soccer and 11th full season at Rio Tinto Stadium.  RSL will play 11 of the 17 home matches on Saturdays, with all 34 regular season matches slated to be televised locally on KMYU, the KSLTV app and KSL.com.

RSL will play 34 matches, two against each of the 11 Western Conference opponents and one against each of the 12 teams in the Eastern Conference.  As previously announced, RSL opens the regular season on the road on March 2 against the Houston Dynamo before the home opener on March 9 at Rio Tinto Stadium against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

FIREWORKS

Real Salt Lake will hold its annual Independence Day fireworks match at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 3 when Columbus Crew SC visits for the first time since 2017, with a fireworks display scheduled to follow the match.  RSL is 3-1-6 during July 4 fireworks matches.

MEMORIAL DAY CLASH WITH ATLANTA

RSL will host the defending MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United on May 24 in the only Friday home match of the season.  The matchup will be televised nationally on Univision and Univision Deportes, with the local broadcast remaining on KMYU, KSL.com and the KSLTV app.

SUMMER NIGHTS AT THE RIOT

Rio Tinto Stadium was among the biggest home field advantages in MLS in 2018, with RSL going 11-2-4 in Sandy for the most home wins in the Western Conference.  That home record will be put to the test when RSL plays nine out of 13 matches at the RioT from June 29-September 11.  In addition to the July 3 match against Columbus, RSL will also face rival Sporting Kansas City on June 29 and closes out the stretch with three straight home matches against Seattle Sounders FC (August 14), LAFC (August 17) and the Colorado Rapids in the final meeting of the 2019 Rocky Mountain Cup (August 24).

HARD ROAD TO OPEN SEASON

Salt Lake faces a tough first half of the season, with six of the first nine matches on the road, including RSL’s first ever visit to Audi Field to face D.C. United on March 16 and the first ever meeting against expansion FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium on April 19.

PETKE RETURNS TO RED BULL ARENA

On June 1, RSL Head Coach Mike Petke will make his return to Red Bull Arena, where he starred as a player and lifted the Supporters’ Shield for the club’s first major trophy in 2013.  The match will be the second in a two-game road trip that starts against the Montreal Impact on May 29 and is the final match before the league goes on hiatus for the 2019 Gold Cup, returning to action on June 22.

2019 REAL SALT LAKE MLS SCHEDULE

DAY       DATE                     MATCHUP                                          NOTE:                                                                      

Sat.        March 2                @ Houston                             RSL Opens 15th Season in Texas

SAT.       MARCH 9             VANCOUVER                         Whitecaps Visit in RioT Opener

Sat.        March 16             @ D.C. United                        RSL Pays First Visit to Audi Field 

Sat.        March 23             @ LAFC                                   Site of 2018 Underdog Playoff Victory

SAT.       MARCH 30           FC DALLAS                             RSL Went 1-0-1 Against Dallas in ‘18

Sat.        April 6                   @ Seattle                              10 Years Later, RSL Returns to Site of 2009 MLS Cup

SAT.       APRIL 13               ORLANDO                            East Cellar-Dwellers from 2018

Fri.          April 19                 @ Cincinnati                       Maiden Voyage to 2019 Expansion Side

Sun.       April 28                 @ LA Galaxy                        Can RSL Top Zlatan in SoCal?

SAT.       May 4                   PORTLAND                           RSL Faces ’18 Western Conference Champs

Sat.        May 11                 @ Colorado                         First Installment of ’19 Rocky Mountain Cup

SAT.       MAY 18                TORONTO                            Can ‘17 Cup Champs Bounce Back After Down Year?

FRI.        MAY 24                ATLANTA                             MLS Cup Champs Visit on Memorial Day Weekend

Wed.     May 29                 @ Montreal                         First of Three Straight Away from Utah

Sat.        June 1                    @ New York Red Bulls      Petke’s First Visit to RBNY as Opposing Coach

Sat.     June 22                 @ Chicago                           Int’l Break Ends with Visit to Windy City

SAT.       JUNE 29                SPORTING KC                    Bitter Rivalry Resumes as Revenge is Sought

WED.     JULY 3                   COLUMBUS                       Caleb Porter Leads Crew SC

Sat.        July 6                     @ San Jose                         Three-Game Week Ends at Avaya Stadium

SAT.       JULY 13                 PHILADELPHIA                 

SAT.       JULY 20                 MINNESOTA                    RSL Undefeated at Home Against Loons?

Sat.        July 27                   @ Dallas                          Texas Heat Not Historically Kind to RSL

SAT.       AUGUST 3           NEW YORK CITY             Villa-less NYCFC Return to Utah

Sat.        August 10            @ Kansas City                 Site of Fierce 2018 Playoff Exit

WED.     AUGUST 14         SEATTLE                           Always an Intriguing Matchup Between West Foes

SAT.       AUGUST 17         LAFC                                  RSL Looks to Avenge 2018 Home Opener

SAT.       AUGUST 24         COLORADO                    Three-Game Homestand Ends w/ RMC On the Line

Sat.        August 31            @ Portland                     Another Late-Season Matchup at Providence Park

WED.     SEPT. 11               SAN JOSE                       A Big Mid-Week Tilt Entering Final Month of the Season

Sun.       Sept. 15                @ Minnesota                First Trip to Allianz Field for RSL

Sat.        Sept. 21                @ New England           Cross-Country Trip Starts Busy Week for RSL

WED.     SEPT. 25               LA GALAXY                   Major Playoff Implications?

SUN.      SEPT. 29               HOUSTON                    RSL Closes 2019 Home Slate vs Texas Foe

Sun.       Oct. 6                    @ Vancouver                RSL Wraps Up 2019 in Traditionally Tough Venue

*Home Matches in BOLD
Schedule subject to change; please visit www.RSL.com for up-to-date information

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