Major League Soccer announced the full 2021 schedule on Wednesday. The league season will consist of the typical 34 match regular season, with the top seven teams in each conference qualifying for the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs. The final format of the playoffs will be announced at a later date. MLS Cup will be played on December 11.
Below is Nashville SC’s full 2021 schedule:
|Saturday, Apr 17||FC Cincinnati||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Apr 24||CF Montreal||Nissan Stadium||1:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 2 (ESPN)||Inter Miami CF||Nissan Stadium||12:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 8||New England Revolution||Nissan Stadium||12:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 15||Real Salt Lake||Rio Tinto Stadium||8:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 23 (FS1)||Austin FC||Nissan Stadium||8:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 29||Atlanta United FC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||2:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 19||New York Red Bulls||Red Bull Arena||5:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, June 23||Toronto FC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 26||CF Montreal||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Monday, July 5||Philadelphia Union||Nissan Stadium||7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, July 8||Atlanta United FC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 17||Chicago Fire FC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, July 21||Columbus Crew SC||New Crew Stadium||6:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 24||FC Cincinnati||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Aug. 1||Toronto FC||TBD||6:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 4||New England Revolution||Gillette Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, Aug. 8||Inter Miami CF||Inter Miami CF Stadium||TBD|
|Sunday, Aug 15||D.C. United||Nissan Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 18||Orlando City SC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Aug 28 (UNIV)||Atlanta United FC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||2:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 4||New York City FC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 12||CF Montreal||TBD||12:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 18||Toronto FC||TBD||6:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Sept. 22||Inter Miami CF||Inter Miami CF Stadium||TBD|
|Sunday, Sept. 26||Chicago Fire FC||Soldier Field||12:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Sept. 29||Orlando City SC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 3||New York City FC||Red Bull Arena||5:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 16||D.C. United||Audi Field||6:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 20||Columbus Crew SC||Nissan Stadium||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||Philadelphia Union||Subaru Park||6:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 27||FC Cincinnati||West End Stadium||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 31||Orlando City SC||Exploria Stadium||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Nov. 7||New York Red Bulls||Nissan Stadium||2:30 p.m.|
Nashville SC will kick off their 2021 campaign with a four match home stand at Nissan Stadium, taking on FC Cincinnati, CF Montreal, Inter Miami CF and New England Revolution. Eleven of Nashville’s first 15 minutes will be played at home, while they’ll be on the road for four of their final 14 matches.
Nashville currently have three nationally televised matches on the schedule, two of which are at home. They’ll feature on ESPN against Inter Miami on May 2 from Nissan Stadium, on FS1 against Austin FC at Nissan, and against Atlanta United on August 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
32 of Nashville’s 34 matches come against Eastern Conference opponents, with Real Salt Lake and newcomers Austin FC the lone cross-conference opponents.
“Everybody is excited to see MLS back for the 2021 season,” said CEO Ian Ayre in a club release. “It goes without saying that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone including soccer. However, as we continue to see progress in vaccine distribution and other areas, we are encouraged to see that many things are moving in a good direction.
“Our players are back to practice and pre-season, we have new players on our roster that we expect to bring greater depth to our team and our fans and our city continue to show their support by increasing the number of season tickets we have sold for 2021 beyond those we sold in 2020. With our new stadium on the horizon and a chance to have increased capacities of fans at games whilst maintaining the necessary safety and distancing, all point to exciting times ahead,” he concluded.
Nashville did not confirm their plans for attendance at Nissan Stadium, but with 20% of metro Nashville having received the vaccine, it’s likely that attendance restrictions will at least be partially lifted from last season.