Sporting KC’s Roger Espinoza reflects on 2018, looks ahead to 2019
The quest to finish atop the Western Conference for a second straight season will fittingly start with a trip west.
Sporting Kansas City will open its 2019 schedule on March 3 at Los Angeles FC in front of an ESPN audience. It will return home to host Philadelphia on March 10.
Sporting KC plays its first competitive match of 2019 in the CONCACAF Champions League, hosting Deportivo Toluca FC on Feb. 21 in the Round of 16.
MLS released every team’s full league schedule Monday afternoon. The schedules are condensed from years’ past, with the league trying to conclude the season a month earlier. MLS Cup is slated for Nov. 10. Sporting KC closes out the season with a trip to FC Dallas on Oct. 6.
For its 17-game home schedule, Sporting KC will play nine matches on Saturdays, five on Sundays, two on Wednesdays and one Thursday match. Nine games will be nationally televised, with the remainder on Fox Sports KC, which returns at the club’s local TV partner for the third straight season.
In the league’s 24th season, Sporting KC faces each member of the Western Conference twice (home and away) and each Eastern Conference team once.
Recently-traded striker Diego Rubio is slated to return to Children’s Mercy Park on Sept. 21, when Sporting KC plays host to the Colorado Rapids. That would also mark Kei Kamara’s return to Kansas City. Sporting KC will make its first trip to expansion-side FC Cincinnati on April 7.
Sporting KC 2019 MLS schedule
March 3: at LAFC, 7 p.m., ESPN
March 10: Philadelphia, 2 p.m., Fox Sports KC
March 17: at Colorado, 8 p.m., Fox Sports KC
March 30: Montreal, 2 p.m., Fox Sports KC
April 7: at FC Cincinnati, 2 p.m., ESPN
April 14: New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m., FS1
April 20: at San Jose, 9 p.m., Fox Sports KC
April 27, New England, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
May 5: Atlanta, 8 p.m., FS1
May 12: at D.C. United, 6 p.m., FS1
May 18: Vancouver, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
May 26: Seattle, 5 p.m., FS1
May 29: LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
June 1: at Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
June 7: at Toronto FC, 7 p.m., Fox Sports KC
June 23: at Columbus Crew, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
June 29: at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m., Fox Sports KC
July 3: LAFC, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
July 6: Chicago, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
July 13: at Vancouver, 9 p.m., Fox Sports KC
July 20: FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
July 26: at New York City FC, 6:30 p.m., FS1
Aug. 4: at Seattle, 9 p.m., FS1
Aug. 10: Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Aug. 14: at Orlando City, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Aug. 17: San Jose, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Aug. 22: Minnesota, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Aug. 31: Houston, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Sept. 7: at Portland, 9:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Sept. 15: at LA Galaxy, 9 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Sept. 21: Colorado, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Sept. 25: at Minnesota, 7 p.m., Fox Sports KC
Sept. 29: Portland, 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports KC
Oct. 6: at FC Dallas 3 p.m., Fox Sports KC