Philadelphia Union release 2024 Schedule – Everything you need to know

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Though it feels like fans, players, staff and media alike have barely had time to catch their breath since the end of the 2023 season, it’s time to gear up and get ready to talk about the next campaign, because the Philadelphia Union’s 2024 MLS Schedule was released Wednesday afternoon! 

There’s a lot to like about this schedule at first glance, and a few things to keep on your radar as well.  As of December 21st, 2023, here’s the Union‘s current schedule for all competitions heading into the 2024 season.

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Union’s 2024 Schedule

*Home Games in Bold*

  • Tuesday, February 20th, 10:00 pm – @ Deportivo Saprissa – CONCACAF Champions Cup
  • Saturday, February 24th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Chicago Fire – MLS – *Regular Season Opener*
  • Tuesday, February 27th, 8:15 pm – Home VS Deportivo Saprissa – CONCACAF Champions Cup
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30 pm – @ Sporting Kansas City – MLS
  • Saturday, March 9th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Seattle Sounders – MLS
  • Saturday, March 16th, 8:30 pm – @ Austin FC – MLS – *First ever meeting*
  • Saturday, March 23rd, 10:30 pm – @ Portland Timbers – MLS
  • Saturday, March 30th, 2:00 pm – Home VS Minnesota – MLS
  • Saturday, April 6th, 8:30 pm – @ Nashville SC – MLS
  • Sunday, April 14th, 2:30 pm – @ Atlanta United – MLS
  • Saturday, April 27th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Real Salt Lake – MLS
  • Saturday, May 4th, 7:30 pm – @ D.C. United – MLS
  • Saturday, May 11th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Orlando City SC – MLS
  • Wednesday, May 15th, 7:30 pm – Home VS NYCFC – MLS
  • Saturday, May 18th, 7:30 pm – @ New England Revolution – MLS
  • Saturday, May 25th, 7:30 pm – @ Charlotte FC – MLS
  • Wednesday, May 29th,  7:30 pm – Home VS Toronto FC – MLS
  • Saturday, June 1st, 7:30 pm – Home VS CF Montreal – MLS
  • Saturday, June 15th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Inter Miami – MLS
  • Wednesday, June 19th, 7:30 pm – @ FC Cincinnati – MLS
  • Saturday, June 22nd, 7:30 pm – Home VS FC Charlotte – MLS
  • Saturday, June 29th, 7:30 pm – @ CF Montreal – MLS
  • Wednesday, July 3rd, 8:30 pm – @ Chicago Fire – MLS
  • Saturday, July 6th, 7:30 pm – Home VS New York Red Bulls – MLS
  • Saturday, July 13th, 7:30 pm – @ Toronto FC – MLS
  • Wednesday, July 17th, 7:30 pm – Home VS New England Revolution – MLS
  • Saturday, July 20th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Nashville SC – MLS
  • Wednesday, July 24th – MLS All-Star Game – Columbus, OH
  • Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 25 – Leagues Cup TBD
  • Saturday, August 24th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Columbus – MLS – *MLS Champs in Town*
  • Saturday, August 31st, 7:30 pm – @ New York Red Bulls – MLS
  • Saturday, September 14th, 7:30 pm – @ Inter Miami  – MLS
  • Wednesday, September 18th, 7:30 pm – @ NYCFC
  • Sunday, September 22nd, 6:00 pm – Home VS D.C. United – MLS
  • Saturday, September 28th, 7:30 pm – Home VS Atlanta United – MLS
  • Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm – @ Orlando SC – MLS
  • Saturday, October 5th, 7:30pm – @ Columbus Crew – MLS
  • Saturday, October 19th, 6:00 pm – Home VS FC Cincinnati – MLS – *Decision Day*
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Things to note

Home Opener

Union will play host to the Chicago Fire on the opening night of the MLS season on February 24th!

Staying out of the cold

Just 3 games at Home in MLS play before May, which gives Union fans a majority of home games in the warmer months of the season, something much needed after the non-stop awful weather last season.

A first-ever meeting between two clubs

Saturday, March 16th, Union will travel to Texas for its first-ever meeting against Austin FC at TQL Stadium.

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Messi’s Inter Miami Returns to Chester

On Saturday, June 15th Inter Miami and Lionel Messi will return to Subaru Park for the first time since handing Union a 4-1 loss at home in the Leagues Cup Semi-Final last summer.  Ticket buyers beware – COPA America will kick off the following week, which means Messi could rest against Union in preparations for International Duty with Argentina.

Leagues Cup Break 

MLS will take a break from July 26th to August 25th for the second edition of the Leagues Cup.

MLS Champs Come to town

On Saturday, August 24th, The reigning MLS Champs Columbus Crew will come to Subaru Park for the last home game of the Summer in MLS play.

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Union’s first-ever opponent returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 2019

In the second home game of the season, Union will host the first team they ever faced off against Seattle Sounders. The 2022 CCL winners will come to town on September 9th.  

West Coast Road Trips

Union will make one West Coast road trip this season, playing two consecutive games out west against Austin FC on Saturday, March 16th, and Portland Timbers on Saturday, March 23rd, at 10:30 pm.

Wednesday Home matches

Union will play 3 home matches on Wednesday against NYCFC on May 15th, Toronto FC on May 29th, and New England on July 17th.

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Always on the move in 2024

Unfortunately for Union, there aren’t any lengthy homestands in the 2024 season, but there aren’t any long road trips either.  The longest homestand of the season will be 3 games between May 29th and June 15th against Toronto FC (May 29), CF Montreal (June 1), and Inter Miami on June 15th. 
The longest road trip of the season is also only 3 games long between August 31st and September 18th against New York Red Bulls (Aug 31), Inter Miami (Sept 14), and NYCFC (Sept 18).

Big test to end the season

Union will end the season with a tough stretch that could play a big part in their playoff seeding, playing 4 2023 Playoff teams – Atlanta at home on September 28th, on the road against Orlando on October 2nd, on the road against the Champs on October 5th, and at home against Cincinnati on October 19th.

Decision Day

Union will conclude the 2024 season by hosting the 2023 MLS MVP and FC Cincinnati on Decision Day on Saturday, October 19th.

4 Major International Tournaments

there will be four major international tournaments that take place during the 2024 MLS Season – African Cup of Nations (Jan 13 – Feb 11), UEFA EURO 2024 (June 14 – July 14), Copa America (June 20 – July 14), and the Summer Olympics (July 24 – Aug 10).

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