Atlanta United will open its inaugural 2017 season hosting New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. on March 5 at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Stadium.
Atlanta will go on the road for its next game to play fellow expansion team Minnesota United at 5 p.m. on March 12 in Week 2.
MLS revealed each of the league’s 22 teams’ first home games on Wednesday. The entire schedule will be released before the draft on Jan. 13.
“We’ve all been counting down the days and we finally have a date to circle on our calendars,” club president Darren Eales said in a statement from the team. “I know our fans are just as excited as we are to get started and we look forward to hosting this historic match in front of a packed house at Bobby Dodd Stadium.”
New York Red Bulls feature U.S. men’s national team player Sacha Kljestan and Dax McCarty in midfield with Bradley Wright-Phillips at forward among its notable players.
New York finished first in the Eastern Conference in the 2016 season with 57 points, but had a poor away record of 3-7-7. They were beaten by Montreal in the playoffs.
Minnesota United, like Atlanta United, is still putting its roster together. It played in the NASL last season. The Loons are coached by Adrian Heath, whose son Harrison is a midfielder for Atlanta. Both were formerly with Orlando SC.
Atlanta United will play in Bobby Dodd until construction on Mercedes-Benz Stadium is completed. The target is the summer.