After opening the season March 14 at home with a friendly against the MLS Revolution, the ’Hawks take a turn being the visiting powerhouse when the team visits 2nd-division Richmond Kickers. The first regular fixture is Saturday, April 11, versus the Minnesota Thunder.
The scheduling is odd, to say the least: The ’Hawks' first 10 matches will feature two games apiece against Minnesota and USL-1 newcomer Cleveland, and three games against Portland. And the two games against Cleveland, formerly coached by the ’Hawks' new hire Martin Rennie, will both be televised nationally by Fox Soccer Channel.
Probably the most important thing is that the first three games are at home, giving the team excellent conditions for starting the season on the right foot—with nine points. Here's the full schedule.