2020 Season Release

2020 Season schedule unveiled

CINCINNATI – Major League Soccer today unveiled its full 2020 regular-season league schedule, a slate that sees each team play a 34-game schedule between March and October.

In the club’s final year at historic Nippert Stadium, FC Cincinnati will host 17 matches, including contests against record-shattering LAFC and 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela; Columbus Crew SC on national television and MLS Cup finalist Toronto FC; as well as new expansion sides Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF.

Tickets to all games at Nippert Stadium are currently available exclusively through 2020 Season Ticket Memberships, which start at $230 and are available at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).

For the second year in a row, all FC Cincinnati matches not televised nationally will be carried regionally on WSTR Star 64, streamed regionally on FloFC and broadcast on the radio on WDJO.

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The Schedule Make-Up

In 2020, each club plays 17 home games and 17 away games, facing conference opponents twice (home and away) and playing 10 of the 13 non-conference opponents. Eastern Conference opponents will comprise 24 games of FCC’s schedule, while Western Conference teams will make up the remaining 10 games to round out the complete 34-game schedule.

FC Cincinnati will face its Eastern Conference foes twice, with one home and one away game each against Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC, plus new expansion entrant Inter Miami CF.

The Orange and Blue will host Western Conference opponents FC Dallas, LAFC, Minnesota United, San Jose Earthquakes, plus expansion side Nashville SC. FCC will travel to face Western opponents LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

FC Cincinnati will not meet the Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo or defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC during the 2020 regular season.

Among the home schedule’s highlights, FC Cincinnati will host:

  • The 2020 home opener – previously announced – against D.C. United at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14
  • MLS Cup finalist Toronto FC – including U.S. Men’s National Team stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altitore – on Saturday, March 21
  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions, Eastern Conference finalists and 2018 MLS Cup champions Atlanta United FC on Sunday, April 5
  • New MLS expansion club and former USL rival Nashville SC on Saturday, May 30
  • The East’s top team in 2019 – New York City FC – on Saturday, June 20
  • Global icon David Beckham’s expansion club – Inter Miami CF – on Wednesday, July 1 to kick off the holiday weekend
  • #HellisReal rival Columbus Crew SC at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, in a game that will be televised nationally on FS1.
  • Regional rival Chicago Fire FC on Saturday, July 25
  • Reigning MLS MVP Carlos Vela and record-setting LAFC on Wednesday, Aug. 12
  • Minnesota United FC, making its first league visit to Nippert Stadium, in FCC’s final game ever at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26

Additionally, FC Cincinnati is not currently scheduled to play during any of the three in-season FIFA international competition windows: March 27-31, June 5-9 or September 4-8.

FC Cincinnati will open the 2020 season on Sunday, March 1, when the team travels to face the New York Red Bulls at 1 p.m. at Red Bull Arena. In Week 2, FCC will travel to Atlanta to face ATLUTD at Mercedes Benz Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

The Orange and Blue will then open their final season at historic Nippert Stadium on Saturday, March 14, when the team hosts D.C. United at 5:30 p.m. That game is the first of three straight matches at Nippert Stadium, which will also feature Toronto FC on Saturday, March 21, and Atlanta on Sunday, April 5.

FCC will play two other three-game home stands in 2020, including NYCFC (June 20), FC Dallas (June 27) and Inter Miami CF (July 1), and then Columbus (July 19), Chicago (July 25) and Orlando (Aug. 1).

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Orange and Blue will take the show up I-71 to face Columbus Crew SC for the #HellisReal return game during Heineken Rivalry Week. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

The 2020 MLS regular season will wrap up on Sunday, Oct. 4 – Decision Day – where FCC’s kickoff at the Montreal Impact will be set for 4:30 p.m., in alignment with all 13 games around the league that day.

In 2019 – the club’s first season in MLS – FC Cincinnati averaged 27,336 fans per game at Nippert Stadium. That figure ranked third in the league behind two teams playing in NFL venues: Atlanta (52,510) and Seattle (40,247). Cincinnati’s average attendance was also more than 2,000 higher than fourth-place Portland (25,218).

Ticket On-Sale Information

Currently on sale with 2020 Season Ticket Memberships, FC Cincinnati will roll out additional ticket offerings after the new year. New options will include four-game Mini Plans and newly introduced nine-game Half-Season Plans. Group tickets and individual tickets will also be available for purchase.

Season Ticket Members will receive exclusive preseason access to all 2020 ticket products – including single-game tickets, group tickets and multiple-game options – on Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14.

From Wednesday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 17, multiple-game packages (Mini Plans and Half-Season Plans) will go on sale to the general public, as well as single-game tickets to the March 14 home opener against D.C. United.

On Monday, Jan. 20, all ticket products will be available for sale to the general public, including all single-game tickets for the season.

The club has already sold more than 17,000 season tickets for the 2020 season.


2020 FC Cincinnati Schedule


Opponent (Nat’l TV)



Sunday, March 1

at New York Red Bulls

Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)

1 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

at Atlanta United FC

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)

7 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

D.C. United

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21

Toronto FC (TSN)

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

3 p.m.

Sunday, April 5

Atlanta United FC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

5 p.m.

Saturday, April 11

at New England Revolution

Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

at Orlando City SC

Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 26

San Jose Earthquakes

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

5 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

at Philadelphia Union

Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)


Wednesday, May 6

New York Red Bulls

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 9

New England Revolution

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

at Toronto FC (TSN)

BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario)

5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

at Chicago Fire FC

Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)

8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27

at Inter Miami CF

Inter Miami CF Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

8 p.m.

Saturday, May 30

Nashville SC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 13

at D.C. United

Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)

8 p.m.

Saturday, June 20

New York City FC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 27

FC Dallas

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

Inter Miami CF

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 4

at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

BC Place (Vancouver, British Columbia)

10 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

at Sporting Kansas City

Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kan.)

8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15

at New York City FC

Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y.)

7 p.m.

Sunday, July 19

Columbus Crew SC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

8 p.m.

Saturday, July 25

Chicago Fire FC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 1

Orlando City SC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8

at Portland Timbers

Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12


Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 15

at LA Galaxy

Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, Calif.)

10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22

at Columbus Crew SC

MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29

Montreal Impact

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12

at Real Salt Lake

Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)

9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Philadelphia Union

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Minnesota United FC

Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 4

at Montreal Impact

Stade Saputo (Montreal, Quebec)

4:30 p.m.

FC Cincinnati will return to the field in early 2020 for their second MLS season. Season Ticket Memberships for the 2020 season are now on sale to the general public at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK). A 2020 Season Ticket Membership also secures fans’ place on the club’s priority list, which will be utilized when sales begin in the new West End Stadium for the 2021 season. 

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati.