SEATTLE, WASH. – Major League Soccer today announced its 2022 regular season schedule, a campaign that sees each of its 28 clubs play 34 matches – 17 home and 17 away – beginning on February 26 and ending on October 9. Seattle Sounders FC has 13 matches slated for a national television audience on ESPN and FOX's family of networks, with all other matches being carried throughout the state of Washington via the club’s partnerships with FOX 13+ and Prime Video. Additional regional broadcast information will be announced in the new year.
As previously announced, to best align with the 2022 international soccer calendar, the 2022 MLS regular season begins earlier than ever before, kicking off on Saturday, February 26 and running through Decision Day on Sunday, October 9. The Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs directly follow the regular season, with three consecutive weeks of action leading up to the 2022 MLS Cup on Saturday, November 5, more than two weeks prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 21.
Of Sounders FC's 13 nationally televised fixtures, five matches are airing on FS1 with two more on network FOX, as well as three apiece on ESPN and ABC. The 2022 MLS regular season broadcast schedule features the largest network coverage in league history. A record 48 matches will air on network television across ABC, FOX, Univision and UniMás.
In coordination with today’s schedule announcement, Sounders FC partnered with Intentionalist to visit nine Seattle-area restaurants that align with the club’s social impact and cultural calendar for each month of the season. The restaurants include the Taste of the Caribbean (Central District) for Black History Month (February), Salvadorean Baker (White Center) for Women’s History Month (March), Young Tea (Chinatown-International District) for Earth Month (April), Phnom Penh Noodle House (Chinatown-International District) for AAPI Heritage Month (May), Tres Lecheria (Wallingford) for Pride Month (June), Jackson’s Catfish Corner (Central District) and Umami Kushi (Rainier Beach) for RAVE Foundation (July and August, respectively), Seatango (Lake City) for Latinx Heritage Month (September) and Off the Rez Cafe (University District) for Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10). More information on Sounders FC’s Social Impact initiatives can be found via the following link: https://sndrs.com/4tt77n.
Sounders FC’s four 2021 Cascadia matchups against Portland and Vancouver are highlights of the schedule, including a pair of nationally televised fixtures against the Timbers on July 9 (FOX) and August 26 (ESPN). The Rave Green host Vancouver on April 30 before a September 17 matchup at BC Place.
Six of Seattle’s first 11 matches are at Lumen Field, including matchups with the LA Galaxy on March 12 (FOX) and Inter Miami FC on April 16 (FS1). The Rave Green have a month-long, four-match home stretch beginning with a fixture against 2022 expansion side Charlotte FC on May 29 (FS1), followed by a pair of conference matchups against LAFC on June 18 and Sporting Kansas City on June 25 (both on ABC). CF Montréal Impact closes the homestand on June 29 in the Canadian side’s first visit to Seattle in over four years.
Prior to the start of the regular season, Sounders FC begins its run in the 2022 Concacaf Champions League in mid-February. The Rave Green are set to learn their Round of 16 opponent at the official draw in Miami later today at 3:00 p.m. PT. Sounders FC is one of four qualified American clubs, alongside the Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and NYCFC, joining Club Léon, Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul and Pumas UNAM of Mexico, CF Montréal Impact and Forge FC of Canada, Comunicaciones FC and CD Guastatoya of Guatemala, Deportivo Saprissa and Santos de Guapiles of Costa Rica, Cavaly AS of Haiti and FC Motagua of Honduras. The first leg of the Round of 16 is taking place from February 15-17, with the second leg from February 22-24.
2022 Season Memberships are still available. Fans can lock in the 2022 home opener against Nashville SC on February 27 by purchasing a Membership today. For complete information, details and pricing for 2022 Sounders FC Season Memberships, fans can call 877-MLS-GOAL or email CustomerService@SoundersFC.com. Additional details can also be found online at SoundersFC.com/Tickets.