The NASL released its 2016 season schedule today, sticking with the spring/fall split-season format of previous years. You can see the entire schedule here.
The Cosmos will start their campaign at home on Sunday, April 3rd, hosting the Ottawa Fury in a rematch of the league final. Cosmos fans are already excited at the prospect of what has typically been a physical encounter between the two sides, but the Fury will be a much different team this time around with a major exodus of the talent and coach that took them to the title game in 2015.
The biggest changes were, of course, the inclusion of Miami FC and Rayo OKC for the spring season and Puerto Rico FC for the fall. Also noticeable were the disappearances of the Atlanta Silverbacks and San Antonio Scorpions after recent announcements of them not operating this year.
Below is a listing of the Cosmos schedule in a convenient format. Note this does not include friendlies like the California preseason tour or US Open Cup dates.
Apr 3 (Sun) – Home v Ottawa Fury
Apr 10 (Sun) – Home v Jacksonville Armada
Apr 16 (Sat) – Away v Indy Eleven
Apr 23 (Sat) – Away v Minnesota United
May 1 (Sun) – Home v Carolina Railhawks
May 7 (Sat) – Away v Miami FC
May 14 (Sat) – Away v FC Edmonton
May 22 (Sun) – Home v Tampa Bay Rowdies
May 28 (Sat) – Home v Rayo OKC
Jun 4 (Sat) – Away v Ft Lauderdale Strikers
Jul 2 (Sat) – Home v Ottawa Fury
Jul 9 (Sat) – Away v Miami FC
Jul 13 (Wed) – Home v Jacksonville Armada
Jul 16 (Sat) – Away v Rayo OKC
Jul 23 (Sat) – Away v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Jul 27 (Wed) – Away v FC Edmonton
Jul 30 (Sat) – Home v Puerto Rico FC
Aug 6 (Sat) – Home v Rayo OKC
Aug 13 (Sat) – Home v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Aug 20 (Sat) – Away v Puerto Rico FC
Aug 27 (Sat) – Home v Carolina Railhawks
Aug 31 (Wed) – Home v Indy Eleven
Sep 3 (Sat) – Away v Ft Lauderdale Strikers
Sep 10 (Sat) – Home v Minnesota United
Sep 17 (Sat) – Home v FC Edmonton
Sep 24 (Sat) – Away v Indy Eleven
Sep 28 (Wed) – Away v Carolina Railhawks
Oct 1 (Sat) – Home v Ft Lauderdale Strikers
Oct 8 (Sat) – Away v Ottawa Fury
Oct 15 (Sat) – Away v Jacksonville Armada
Oct 22 (Sat) – Home v Miami FC
Oct 29 (Sat) – Away v Minnesota United
We open the Spring and Fall against Ottawa and finish both half seasons on the road.
What do you think, Cosmos fans?