Atlanta United will play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium starting in late July. (Atlanta United)

Atlanta United’s 2017 schedule released

Atlanta United’s schedule for its inaugural MLS season was released by the league office Thursday.

The team will play 17 home games and 17 away in 2017, starting March 5 and ending Oct. 22. Fifteen games will be televised regionally

Atlanta United’s 2017 TV schedule

The team is coached by Gerardo Martino, formerly manager of Barcelona and Argentina’s national team, and will play at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium before moving into Mercedes-Benz Stadium in late July. Atlanta United will train at its complex in Marietta.

First home game. The team will have two openers, one at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 5 against New York Red Bulls and the other at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 30 against Orlando City. Both dates were previously announced.

Bobby Dodd Stadium being prepped for soccer

Worst road trip. The first road game will be at fellow expansion-side Minnesota on March 12. That also was previously announced. A brutal road stretch starting March 31 includes games against four playoff teams, including MLS Cup finalists Seattle on March 31 and Toronto on April 8. The other games are at Montreal on April 15 and at Real Salt Lake on April 22.

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Biggest home stretch. The longest stretch at Mercedes-Benz Stadium includes five consecutive games, starting against FC Dallas on Sept. 9 and concluding with Philadelphia on Sept. 27. Dallas should feature Lawrenceville’s Walker Zimmerman. Other games include New England on Sept. 13, Orlando City on Sept. 16, Montreal on Sept. 23 and the Union on Sept. 27.

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Disney duet. Atlanta United will play back-to-back games against Orlando, the team’s presumed rival, on July 21 in Florida and on July 30 in the Mercedes-Benz opener. They will also host Orlando on Sept. 16.

The BIG home games. Atlanta United will host NYCFC on May 28, L.A. Galaxy on Aug. 19 and Toronto on Oct. 22.

The 2017 schedule

March 5, New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. FS1

March 12, at Minnesota United, 5 p.m. ESPN2

March 18, Chicago Fire, 4 p.m. UniMas

March 31, at Seattle Sounders FC, 10 p.m. FS1

April 8 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., FSSO

April 15 at Montreal Impact, 1 p.m., FSSO

April 22 at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m., CW/FSSE

April 30 vs. D.C. United, 3 p.m., FS1

May 7 at New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m., UDN

May 14 at Portland Timbers, 4 p.m., ESPN

May 20 vs. Houston Dynamo, 7 p.m., FSSE

May 28 vs. New York City, 5 p.m., ESPN

June 3 at Vancouver Whitecaps, 5:30 p.m., FSSE

June 10 at Chicago Fire, 4 p.m., UniMas

June 17 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 7 p.m., FSSE

June 21 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., FSSO

June 24 vs. Colorado Rapids, 7 p.m., FSSE

July 1 at Columbus Crew SC, 7:30 p.m., FSSE

July 4 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m., FSSO

July 21 at Orlando City SC, 7 p.m., ESPN

July 30 vs. Orlando City SC, 4:30 p.m., FOX, Mercedes-Benz Stadium 

August 6 at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m., FS1

August 13 vs. Minnesota United, 6 p.m., ESPN2

August 19 vs. L.A. Galaxy, 4 p.m., ESPN

August 23 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., FSSO

August 26 at Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m., FSSE

Sept. 9 vs FC Dallas, 7 p.m., CW/FSSE

Sept. 13 vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m., FSSO

Sept. 16 vs. Orlando City SC, 4 p.m., UDN

Sept. 23 vs. Montreal Impact, 7 p.m., CW/FSSE

Sept. 27 vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m., FSSO

Sept. 30 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m., FSSE

Oct. 15 at New York Red Bulls, 3 p.m., FSSE

Oct. 22 vs. Toronto FC, 4 p.m., FSSO

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