ST. PAUL -- Minnesota United will kick off its second season at Allianz Field on March 15, 2020, against the New York Red Bulls, the club announced Thursday. Dec. 5.
The 6 p.m. kickoff that Sunday will be nearly a full month earlier in the year than the St. Paul stadium hosted its debut game last year. United played five road games before its 2019 home opener on April 13, which was about two days after a massive snowstorm. The average high temperature in mid-March is about 40 degrees.
The Loons will open the 2020 season at 6:30 p.m. March 1 against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., just like they did in their first-ever MLS game in 2017. Minnesota likely will play another road game around March 7-8 before coming back to the Midway neighborhood for its first home game.
The full 34-game schedule will be released on a later date; the 2019 schedule, for reference, came out the first week of January.
With the addition of expansion clubs Inter Miami and Nashville, the schedule shifts for teams to not play every league opponent like in years past.
Per usual, Minnesota will play each Western Conference opponent twice, home and away, including Nashville. The 10 remaining matches will be played against Eastern Conference teams.
The Loons will begin preseason camp on Jan. 18 and must be roster compliant by Feb. 28, the league said Wednesday. The two transfer windows for players to be added or subtracted are from Feb. 12 to May 5 and from July 7 to Aug. 5.