HUNTSVILLE — Mark your calendar, Huntsville soccer fans.
Huntsville City Football Club, the MLS NEXT Pro affiliate of Nashville SC, will make its home debut May 19 against Crown Legacy FC, the MLS NEXT Pro affiliate of Charlotte FC.
The first-year club released the schedule today for its inaugural season, which includes 14 matches at Joe Davis Stadium.
“We can’t wait for that home opener at Joe Davis Stadium on May 19,” said Head Coach Jack Collison. “You can see the stadium coming together, I drive past it every single day and checking on the progress and it looks like an incredible venue.
“We as a group are really excited to get in there, and play that first game.”
The season kicks off March 26 at Crown Legacy FC, starting a slate of seven straight road matches and a bye week before returning home.
“We’re really excited to have the schedule here,” said Collison. “There’s been a lot of hard work that has been going on for the past couple of months behind the scenes both on and off the pitch. Now we can finally set our sights on that first game.
“Going to Crown Legacy we know is going to be a difficult challenge but we’re going to go there full of confidence and looking forward to putting our best foot forward. We want to get off to a good start, we’re under no illusions it’s not going to be difficult on the road, because being on the road for the first seven games is obviously going to present certain challenges in itself. As a group it’s really going to test and stretch us, but it’s the challenge in which we really crave both as players and as staff.”
All Huntsville City FC regular season matches will be available to watch live and on-demand on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app. MLS Season Pass is the subscription service from Apple and Major League Soccer that is home to all MLS and Leagues Cup matches and hundreds of MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches. The broadcast schedule is subject to change so please visit the club’s website to stay up-to-date on broadcast information.
The home opener will mark the beginning of a four-match homestand for Huntsville City FC. Fans can purchase their season ticket memberships at www.mlsnextpro.com/
The schedule includes a pair of matches against Atlanta United 2, and Orlando City B. Additionally, HCFC will take on Columbus Crew 2, Crown Legacy and Inter Miami CF three times each this season.
HCFC will host Atlanta United 2 on Sept. 10 and close out the home schedule against Chicago Fire FC II on Sept. 23.
“We are looking forward to the season ahead. It’s great that we have a schedule so we can get our teeth into it now,” said Collison. “Now it’s about fine tuning over the next couple of weeks to make sure we are ready and come that first game on we are firing on all cylinders.”
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