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San Jose Earthquakes 2016 MLS Regular Season Schedule

Quakes drop annual match at Levi's Stadium

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer announced the complete 2016 regular season schedule on Thursday, including a two week break at the beginning of June to accommodate the Copa America Centenario, which will be played at venues through the United States. On the last day of the season, Sunday, October 23, all ten scheduled MLS matches will be played concurrently as part of Decision Day, with kick-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.

The San Jose Earthquakes will open their 2016 regular season at Avaya Stadium on Sunday, March 6, when they host the Colorado Rapids. The Quakes play defending MLS champions Portland Timbers the following Sunday, also at Avaya Stadium, before heading to rivals LA Galaxy on Saturday, March 19, for their first road game of the campaign.

The Quakes return home a week later to host D.C. United on Saturday, April 2. The match is scheduled almost 20 years to the day of the inaugural game of MLS -- the then San Jose Clash played D.C. United on April 6, 1996 at Spartan Stadium to mark the beginning of a league that two decades later is a stable fixture on the American sporting landscape. Of note, the Clash beat the eventual MLS Cup champions D.C. United 1-0 that afternoon courtesy of an Eric Wynalda goal.

Following the Copa America break, the Galaxy will be the featured attraction when the Earthquakes return to Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 25, for the annual California Clasico that marks the kick-off to the Summer of Soccer in the Bay Area. Notably absent from the schedule is a match at nearby Levi's Stadium, which was to hold one Earthquakes match per year as part of a five-year deal announced last season. With Levi's Stadium hosting four games as part of the Copa America Centenario in June, the Quakes were unable to secure a date for one of their home games to moved to the Santa Clara venue.

The Earthquakes will play in 10 nationally televised games, seven on Spanish-language UniMas, including the June 25 California Clasico. San Jose will host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, April 24, in a match that will be featured on ESPN. Due to weekends lost to FIFA international breaks, the Quakes will play six midweek games in 2016, including three Wednesday matches at Avaya Stadium.

The 2016 San Jose Earthquakes regular season schedule (home matches in bold, at Avaya Stadium unless indicated)

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (Pacific)

Television

Sunday, March 6

COLORADO RAPIDS

12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 13

PORTLAND TIMBERS

4:00 p.m.

Fox Sports 1

Saturday, March 19

at LA Galaxy

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

D.C. UNITED

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

at FC Dallas

6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

NEW YORK RED BULLS

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16

at Portland Timbers

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 24

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Saturday, April 30

at Philadelphia Union

TBD

Saturday, May 7

at Seattle Sounders FC

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11

HOUSTON DYNAMO

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

at LA Galaxy

4:00 p.m.

Fox Sports 1

Saturday, May 28

FC DALLAS

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1

at Portland Timbers

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 18

at Orlando City SC

4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

LA GALAXY (Stanford Stadium)

7:00 p.m.

UniMás

Friday, July 1

at Chicago Fire

5:00 p.m.

UniMás

Friday, July 8

FC DALLAS

7:30 p.m.

UniMás

Saturday, July 16

TORONTO FC

7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

at Real Salt Lake

8:00 p.m.

UniMás

Sunday, July 31

at Houston Dynamo

TBD

Friday, August 5

NEW YORK CITY FC

8:00 p.m.

UniMás

Friday, August 12

at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

8:00 p.m.

UniMás

Friday, August 19

HOUSTON DYNAMO

8:00 p.m.

UniMás

Wednesday, August 24

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 27

at Columbus Crew SC

4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

at Colorado Rapids

6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 24

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28

at Montreal Impact

TBD

Saturday, October 1

REAL SALT LAKE

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13

at Colorado Rapids

6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 16

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

4:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 23

at Sporting Kansas City

1:00 p.m.