Sunday is a Holy day and Orlando City SC supporters will have to get used to the ritual of attending the Citrus Bowl on a Saturday night hangover after the news that 14 of the Lions’ MLS regular season games for 2016 will be contested on that day.
With all 20 Major League Soccer outfits receiving their regular season schedules on Thursday, we already knew that Adrian Heath’s side would be kicking off the new campaign with a home fixture against Real Salt Lake on Sunday March 6th.
But now, we know that the RSL game will be followed up with another home fixture to Chicago Fire just five days later while the Lions’ first away game of the campaign will be at fellow 2015 expansion side and rival New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Friday March 18th.
Other eye-catching fixtures include the two match-games against nemesis Columbus Crew to be contested on Saturday July 23rd at MAPFRE Stadium and Saturday September 17th at the Citrus Bowl.
Elsewhere, current MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers will face our Lions just once again in 2016 with Caleb Porter’s men making the long jaunt down to Central Florida on Sunday April 3rd after the Lions visited Cascadia last season.
Here are the amount of Orlando City SC fixtures in 2016 by day…
- Monday Fixtures – 1
- Wednesday Fixtures – 5
- Friday Fixtures – 5
- Saturday Fixtures – 9
- Sunday Fixtures – 14
Here are the amount of Orlando City SC fixtures in 2016 by month…
- March – 3 Fixtures
- April – 5 Fixtures
- May – 5 Fixtures
- June – 2 Fixtures
- July – 6 Fixtures
- August – 5 Fixtures
- September – 5 Fixtures
- October – 3 Fixtures
Judging by Twitter, it appears several Orlando City SC supporters aren’t best pleased that many of the Lions’ 2016 fixtures will be followed by a tired morning back in the office on Monday!
Waaaaay too many Sunday games on the Orlando City schedule, man damn…
— Hans Liburd (@ElMeester) January 8, 2016
MLS really testing the resolve of the @OrlandoCitySC fan base with this schedule.
— Kyle (@KyleHenson4) January 7, 2016
— Arleen Rodriguez-Sua (@happyarod) January 7, 2016