Real Salt Lake will open the 2018 season at Dallas on March 3. The home opener at Rio Tinto will be the following weekend, when RSL takes on the newest addition to Major League Soccer, LAFC.
MLS plans to release the full 2018 schedule for the now 23-team league in January.
RSL is familiar with opening the season on the road, something the team will do this year for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Last season, RSL kicked off the year with a scoreless draw at Toronto, extending its opening match unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3).
RSL has had similar success in its home openers. It is unbeaten in all 13, with a 5-0-8 record. In nine seasons at Rio Tinto, Real Salt Lake has continued to force home opening draws more than anything else, going 4-0-5 in that time.
2018 Home Openers
Saturday, March 3, 2018: Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC (BMO Field); Houston Dynamo vs. Atlanta United (BBVA Compass Stadium); Orlando City vs. D.C. United (Orlando City Stadium); FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake (Toyota Stadium) Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park); San Jose Earthquakes vs. Minnesota United (Avaya Stadium); Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution (Talen Engery Stadium)
Sunday, March 4, 2018: Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Football Club (CenturyLink Field); Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact (BC Place); 7:30 PM ET - Sporting KC vs. New York City FC (Children’s Mercy Park); LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers (StubHub Center)
Saturday, March 10, 2018: Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact (MAPFRE Stadium); New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids (Gillette Stadium); Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Football Club (Rio Tinto Stadium); New York Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers (Red Bull Arena); Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC (Toyota Park)
Sunday, March 11, 2018: Atlanta United vs. D.C. United (Mercedes-Benz Stadium); New York City FC vs. LA Galaxy (Yankee Stadium)
Saturday, March 17, 2018: Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Olympic Stadium); D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (location TBD); Minnesota United vs. Chicago Fire (TCF Bank Stadium)
Saturday, April 14, 2018: Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United (Providence Park)
Sunday, April 29, 2018: Los Angeles Football Club vs. Seattle Sounders (Banc of California Stadium)