Spring, summer and fall 2017 schedule announced

A five-game homestand that begins July 4 against Columbus and ends Aug. 5 against defending MLS champion Seattle highlights Minnesota United's regular season-schedule, which was released Thursday.

Seattle's visit will end a stretch in which the Loons play seven of eight games at home.

The Loons' inaugural season begins March 3 at Portland in the league opener and ends Oct. 22 at San Jose. The home opener is March 12 against fellow expansion team Atlanta. It's the club's only home match in March.

Minnesota United, part of the Western Conference, will play three of its 34 matches against former U.S. Open Cup opponent Sporting Kansas City. The last, on Oct. 7, is the team's final home game of the regular season. Nine of the Loons' matches will be nationally televised.

(home games in CAPS; local television TBA)

Date Opponent Time

Preseason

Feb. 9 at Vancouver 7 p.m.

Feb. 12 at Portland 7 p.m.

Feb. 15 at Real Salt Lake 7 p.m.

Regular season

March 3 at Portland FS1 8:30 p.m.

March 12 ATLANTA ESPN2 4 p.m.

March 18 at Colorado 8 p.m.

March 25 at New England 1 p.m.

April 1 SALT LAKE 7 p.m.

April 8 at Dallas 7 p.m.

April 15 at Houston 7:30 p.m.

April 23 COLORADO 5 p.m.

April 29 SAN JOSE 7 p.m.

May 7 KANSAS CITY FS1 12:30 p.m.

May 13 at Toronto TBD

May 21 LOS ANGELES ESPN 4 p.m.

May 27 ORLANDO 7 p.m.

June 3 at Kansas City ESPN 4 p.m.

June 17 at Salt Lake 9 p.m.

June 21 PORTLAND 7 p.m.

June 24 VANCOUVER TBD

June 29 at New York City FC TBD

July 4 COLUMBUS 6 p.m.

July 19 HOUSTON 7 p.m.

July 22 N.Y. RED BULLS ESPN 3 p.m.

July 29 D.C. UNITED 7 p.m.

Aug. 5 SEATTLE 7 p.m.

Aug. 13 at Atlanta ESPN2 5 p.m.

Aug. 20 at Seattle FS1 9 p.m.

Aug. 26 at Chicago 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Vancouver TBD

Sept. 16 at Montreal TBD

Sept. 23 DALLAS 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Houston 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 KANSAS CITY Univision 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Los Angeles 4 p.m.

Oct. 22 at San Jose 3:30 p.m.