The Houston Dash will open their NWSL existence by hosting the champion Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium on April 12 (8 p.m. EDT). The Spirit, Reign, and FC Kansas City will also host opening weekend matches as part of the 108-match schedule released by the league on Friday. Red Stars fans face an extra week of waiting until opening up at home April 19 against the Flash.
The first championship rematch will be May 3 back at Sahlen’s Stadium where the Thorns beat the Flash 2-0 in last summer’s inaugural NWSL Championship. The Thorns will welcome the Dash to JELD-WEN Field Wednesday, May 21. Their final meeting will be June 7 in Portland. The Thorns and Flash drew both regular season matches in 2013.
Here are the home openers for all 9 NWSL teams:
Houston Dash: April 12 vs Portland Thorns FC (8 p.m. EDT)
FC Kansas City: April 12 vs Sky Blue FC (8 p.m. EDT)
Washington Spirit: April 13 vs Western New York Flash (4 p.m. EDT)
Seattle Reign FC: April 13 vs Boston Breakers (7 p.m. EDT)
Chicago Red Stars: April 19 vs Western New York Flash (6 p.m. EDT)
Sky Blue FC: April 19 vs Portland Thorns FC (7 p.m. EDT)
Boston Breakers: April 20 vs Houston Dash (6:30 p.m. EDT)
Portland Thorns FC: April 26 vs FC Kansas City (10 p.m. EDT)
Western New York Flash: May 3 vs Portland Thorns FC (7 p.m. EDT)
There are two matches scheduled for May 7, the night before the U.S. plays Canada in Winnipeg. Those matches are FC Kansas City at Western New York and Chicago at Sky Blue. That weekend features one Saturday night match followed by three on Sunday.
FC Kansas City plays their last game August 9 meaning if they make the playoffs it will be off a two-week rest. The final weekend features the Thorns hosting the Reign plus Houston at Boston, Western New York at Chicago, and Sky Blue at Washington. There are also two Wednesday games during the final week.
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