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MLS releases 2021 schedule for Austin FC

Mike Craven
Austin American-Statesman

Austin FC learned the details of three regular season games when the Major League Soccer released the home opener schedules two weeks ago. The first-year club travels to face LAFC on April 17 and the Colorado Rapids on April 24. Austin FC opens Q2 Stadium on June 19 when the San Jose Earthquakes come to town. Wednesday, Austin FC officials learned the rest of the club's 2021 schedule.  

The schedule is set for 34 games, including 11 nationally televised matches. Games not available nationally will be televised regionally in the Austin metro area on The CW Austin, KXAN or KBVO. Information on additional broadcast options will be released at a later date.  

"Today was a big day and another milestone for our club. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead," Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. "This dials it up another level for our players and our staff. It was a special day for the entire club and for our supporters."

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Austin FC's Q2 Stadium is approximately 95% complete according to team officials. The home opener for the squad is slated for June 19 versus the San Jose Earthquakes.

Austin FC will play intrastate competition FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo three times each with 32 of the 34 matches scheduled against Western Conference opponents. The first-ever matchups between Austin FC and the two other in-state franchises takes place during Heineken Rivalry Week with Houston visiting Austin on Aug. 4 and Austin FC traveling to face FC Dallas on Aug. 7.  

"It is good to see our schedule in its full form. We're in the Western Conference and there are a lot of good teams and great coaches," Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff said to the media on Zoom. "There are a lot of challenges and we're excited to go against the league's best." 

Austin FC will begin the season with seven consecutive road games, including two trips to Los Angeles and matches in Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas City, Nashville and Seattle before opening Q2 Stadium on June 19. The club will play seven of the next 10 games at home starting with the opener against San Jose. The Columbus Crew, 2020 MLS Cup champions, come to town June 27.  

"We'll learn a little about ourselves in those moments on the road," Wolff said of the seven-game road trip to start the season. "We're going to go out and try to get points."

The season concludes Nov. 7 with a road match against Portland Timbers. The MLS Cup playoffs begin Nov. 19 with the MLS Cup scheduled for Dec. 11.

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Austin FC schedule (all times Central) 

April 17 - at Los Angeles FC, 5 p.m. (Fox)

April 24 - at Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m.

May 1 - at Minnesota United FC, 7 p.m.

May 9 - at Sporting Kansas City, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

May 15 - at LA Galaxy, 2:30 p.m. (Univision)  

May 23 - at Nashville SC, 8 p.m. (FS1)

May 29 - at Seattle Sounders, 3 p.m. 

June 19 - vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8 p.m. (UniMas)

June 23 - at Minnesota United FC, 7 p.m.

June 27 - vs. Columbus Crew SC, 7 p.m. (FS1)

July 3 - vs. Portland Timbers, 8 p.m. 

July 7 - vs. Los Angeles FC, 8 p.m. 

July 17 - at Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. 

July 22 - vs. Seattle Sounders, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

July 28 - at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 9 p.m. 

July 31 - vs. Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m. 

Aug. 4 - vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. 

Aug. 7 - at FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. 

Aug. 14 - at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. 

Aug. 18 - vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 8 p.m. 

Aug. 21 - vs. Portland Timbers, 8 p.m. 

Aug. 29 - vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m. (FS1)

Sept. 11 - at Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. 

Sept. 15 - vs. Los Angeles FC, 8 p.m. 

Sept. 18 - vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8 p.m. 

Sept. 26 - vs. LA Galaxy, TBD (ESPN) 

Sept. 29 - at Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m.  

Oct. 2 - vs. Real Salt Lake, 2:30 p.m. (UniMas)

Oct. 16 - vs. Minnesota United, 8 p.m.

Oct. 20 - at San Jose Earthquakes, 9:30 p.m. 

Oct. 24 - vs. Houston Dynamo, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 30 - at FC Dallas, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 - at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. 

Nov. 7 - at Portland Timbers, 5 p.m. 

Dates and kick-off times are subject to change.