The 2016 Soccer Matches You Can't Miss in New York City

Andrew Rosenberg

The Major League Soccer regular season runs from early March to late October, with the postseason following on. International tournament Copa America Centenario takes center stage in June. Below we highlight a few games to circle on the 2016 schedule.

March 6
New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC
The Red Bulls begin what they hope is another successful campaign against high-flying goal scorer Sebastian Giovinco and US men’s national soccer team captain Michael Bradley.

March 13
New York City FC vs. Toronto FC
Giovinco, Bradley and Co. get a second week in the role of opponent for an NYC home opener.

May 21
New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls
Round One in this year’s local rivalry series.

May 29
New York City FC vs. Orlando City
This should serve as a kind of State of the Union for the comparative progress of last year’s two expansion clubs.

June 1 and 15
Third and Fourth Rounds of US Open Cup (teams TBD)
It’s uncertain that any of the local teams will host in this tournament (which includes teams from all levels of American soccer), but chances are good that at least one will.

June 12
Ecuador vs. Haiti
Two teams in Copa America Centenario’s Group B square off in this match at MetLife Stadium; advancement to the quarterfinals may be at stake.

June 17
Copa America Centenario Quarterfinal
This MetLife Stadium game will pit the winner of Group B against the second-place team in Group A. If things proceed according to the book (though do they ever?), we could see Brazil facing the United States.

June 26
Copa America Centenario Final
The historic tournament crowns a champion at MetLife Stadium.

July 3
New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls
Another installment in the New York derby.

July 10
New York Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers
This marks the lone time the defending MLS champs will come to town.

July 24
New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC
For the last time this regular season, City supremacy is on the line.

Lloyd Sam (with ball) and Taylor Kemp, New York Red Bulls vs. DC United. Photo: Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports

September 11
New York Red Bulls vs. DC United
One of the original, and most heated, MLS rivalries resumes.