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Sports Whitecaps play host to Minnesota to kick off 2019 MLS season; Toronto and Montreal start on road

The Vancouver Whitecaps will kick off their 2019 MLS season by playing host to Minnesota United while Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact open on the road – at Philadelphia and San Jose, respectively.

All three games will take place March 2. Defending champion Atlanta United plays at D.C. United on March 3.

Toronto’s home opener is March 17 against the New England Revolution at BMO Field. Montreal’s home opener at Stade Saputo is April 13 against Columbus Crew SC.

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FC Cincinnati, the league’s 24th club, will make its MLS debut March 2 when it visits the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The expansion team will play in Atlanta on March 10.

The league only announced its home openers on Thursday. The complete regular season schedule, along with national television information, will be announced in January.

Vancouver, which is marking the 40th anniversary of the city’s 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl title, will visit Real Salt Lake on March 9.

“We’re building a team that will be proud to wear the crest on their chest,” new Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos said in a statement. “There is a true passion for the club in Vancouver, and that brings a big responsibility to set a very high standard and live up to that support.

“We want to hear the fans in the stadium as we build towards a future that we hope will once again bring a championship to this city.”

Vancouver is 2-1-1 against Minnesota in MLS play and 5-2-1 in home openers since joining the league.

Each team will play 34 games – 17 at home games and 17 away. Clubs will face each of their conference opponents twice during the season with one game at home and one game away. All teams will face each non-conference opponent once.

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Cincinnati will open at home March 17 when the Portland Timbers visit Nippert Stadium. Portland’s home opener is not until June 1 against LAFC because Providence Park is undergoing a 4,000-seat expansion.

Minnesota will unveil Allianz Field in St. Paul on April 13 against New York City FC.

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