This article originally appeared on March 10, 2021, published by The Washington Post.
With hopes of reopening Audi Field to spectators, D.C. United will start the MLS season — and begin Hernán Losada’s coaching era — April 17 at home against New York City FC.
MLS on Wednesday unveiled the home openers for all 27 teams in a season that will begin about six weeks later than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic. The full schedule of 34 games per club is expected in about two weeks.
United will welcome NYCFC to Buzzard Point for an 8 p.m. kickoff on the first weekend of the season, then visit New England on April 24 for the Revolution’s home opener at Gillette Stadium.
The D.C. government will decide in the coming weeks whether to allow a limited number of spectators to attend sporting events. United’s home opener is the same day as a Washington Nationals home game, which will start at 1 p.m.