XI New York City Soccer Matches Not to Miss in 2018

Jonathan Zeller and Andrew Rosenberg

Major League Soccer’s regular season runs from early March through late October. The postseason extends into December, for those who reach the MLS Cup final. A smattering of nonleague and international games fills out the local “footie” landscape. Check out the matches below on the 2018 schedule; we’ll hope to see you there.

March 1

New York Red Bulls vs. CD Olimpia (CONCACAF Champions League)
The Red Bulls play the home leg of their Round-of-16 matchup in North America’s biggest club soccer competition against a top Honduran side.

March 4

SheBelieves Cup
The United States—the world’s top women’s soccer team and the defending World Cup champion—faces France. In the other half of this doubleheader, Germany faces England. Returning for its second year, this event is pretty much a must-see for any women’s soccer fan. The games are at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

March 10

Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers
Bradley Wright-Phillips and company kick off their home MLS slate against the Timbers, who won the Western Conference regular-season title last season led by prolific goal scorer Diego Valeri.

March 11

New York City FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
The team in the Bronx starts its 2018 home schedule with a match against Los Angeles. LA is looking to right itself after ending last year at the bottom of the Western Conference table, while NYCFC will aim to build off of its best season so far—in which it posted the second-best regular-season record in MLS.

March 27

Peru vs. Iceland (Friendly)
International darlings Iceland—having qualified for their first-ever World Cup this year despite having a population smaller than Staten Island (and we’re not saying we don’t think the Staten Island soccer team would do well)—take on South America’s Peru, for whom 2018 will be their fifth appearance in the finals. Catch the action at Red Bull Arena.

May 5, July 8, August 22

Red Bulls vs. NYCFC
The crosstown rivals clash three times in the MLS regular season (and perhaps more in the US Open Cup, if they win their early-round games). We’ve combined them into one item because this is a list of 11 matchups, darn it. Anyway, the Red Bulls–NYCFC grudgematches consistently produce a boisterous atmosphere that’s worth experiencing firsthand.

June 24

NYCFC vs. Toronto FC
NYCFC takes on the defending league champions, who are led by Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley.


July 14

NYCFC vs. Columbus Crew SC
Columbus spoiled NYCFC’s season last year by knocking them out of the playoffs and going to the MLS Cup Finals. Can the boys in blue exact revenge? Let’s hope so.


Manchester City vs. TBD in International Champions Cup
Where? When? Against who? We don’t know yet. But it’s happening.

September 30

Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United FC
Atlanta’s high-powered offense has added 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco, who cost them the biggest transfer fee in MLS history.

October 28

Red Bulls vs. Orlando City FC
Former Red Bulls captain—and sometime national team midfielder—Sacha Kljestan returns to take on his old mates. Give him a round of applause, then root for the home team.