By Jonathan Slape (@JSlapeSSP), staff writer
Nashville SC's season just got a little bit closer today as the 2020 Major League Soccer schedule was released today. Everyone already has the home opener against Atlanta United circled on their calendar, but let's take a look at some of the key matchups and fun away trips.
Portland Timbers vs Nashville SC
Sunday March 8th at 6:00PM
Nashville SC follows up their home opener with their first away trip ever, traveling out to the Northwest to face off against the Timbers. Portland finished 6th in the West and fell to Real Salt Lake in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. It will be a great chance check out a fantastic city and an amazing soccer atmosphere.
Nashville SC vs Seattle Sounders
Friday April 3rd at 8:00pm
Nashville SC welcomes the reigning MLS Cup champions to Nashville. It will be a great chance for Nashville to try and prove themselves against the current champions, as well as a chance to see some fantastic players like Nico Lodeiro and Jordan Morris up close.
Nashville SC vs Inter Miami
Sunday May 3rd at 5:00PM
Nashville's expansion brethren come to town! Will they have a coach by then?
Nashville SC gets their first and only chance to take on their fellow 2020 expansion team. It will be our only chance to directly compare the two roster building philosophies and hopefully Nashville comes out on top. Selfishly, I wanted this game to be away because who doesn't want to go spend a weekend in Miami.
FC Cincinnati vs Nashville SC
Saturday May 30th at 6:30PM
Old enemies, new league.
Nashville SC travel up to Cincinnati to take on their for USL rivals FC Cincinnati. This game will be the shortest away trip for Nashville that will see the biggest contingent of traveling NSC fans. Nashville will look to get payback for FCC knocking them out of the 2018 playoffs
San Jose Earthquakes vs Nashville SC
Saturday June 20th at 9:00PM
In the second game of Nashville's 7 game road trip, they travel to San Jose to take on Aníbal Godoy's former team. It's a great chance to get away from the heat in Nashville and take in a Nashville away game. If you have the time off, you could fly in to San Jose, take in the match and drive down the coast to Los Angeles for the match the following weekend.
LAFC vs Nashville SC
Saturday June 27th at 10:55PM
The second game of Nashville's west coast trip as the take on Supporters Shield winning LAFC. While NSC fans will get a chance to see LAFC's historic attack in Nashville, this match proves a chance to see their gorgeous stadium in person.
LA Galaxy vs Nashville SC
Wednesday June 1st at 9:30PM
Following up their weekend match against LAFC, Nashville SC takes on the LA Galaxy. While the Galaxy are Zlatan-less, it is a chance to see two Nashville away games just days apart.
Seattle Sounders vs Nashville SC
Sunday October 4th at 3:30PM
Nashville SC travel to Seattle for their final game of the season. Could Nashville be sitting on the playoff bubble with a chance to clinch? Only time will tell.
Notably, Nashville SC does not have New York Red Bulls, Montreal Impact or Chicago Fire on the schedule this year.
We will have some further analysis coming looking at matchups against teams that were on the playoff bubble last year so stay tuned for that!