Galaxy's schedule is out, and full of multigame stretches

Kevin Baxter
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LA Galaxy forward Javier Hernandez, second from right, celebrates with midfielder Efrain Alvarez (26), defender Julian Araujo (22), and forward Cristian Pavon (10) after scoring a goal during the second half of the team's MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Galaxy forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, second from right, celebrates with midfielder Efrain Alvarez (26), defender Julian Araujo (22) and forward Cristian Pavon (10) after scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders on Nov. 4, 2020, in Carson. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

The compacted MLS season has left the Galaxy facing an exhausting 34-game schedule in 2021, one that will see them play three games in stretches of eight or fewer days six times before closing the season with six matches in the final 22 days.

The Galaxy will kick off their 26th MLS season on the road against Inter Miami on April 18 and finish up at home with Minnesota United on Nov. 7. The mid-April opening weekend is the latest in MLS history.

In between, the Galaxy will face cross-town rival LAFC three times, at home May 8 and Oct. 3, and at Banc of California Stadium on Aug. 28.

In addition to LAFC, the Galaxy will face seven other Western Conference rivals — Seattle, Real Salt Lake, Dallas, Portland, San Jose, Vancouver and Minnesota — three times. They have home-and-away series with Colorado, Sporting Kansas City, Houston and expansion club Austin FC.

That leaves the Galaxy with just two games against Eastern Conference teams and they’re the first two games of the season, the opener at Inter Miami and the April 25 home opener with the New York Red Bulls.

The Galaxy will play six games in both July and August but because the international calendar is also congested, there will be a couple of long in-season breaks — a three-week pause at the start of June and a two-week one in early October — for FIFA match windows.

The Galaxy will play their traditional July 4 home match with Sporting Kansas City. The Galaxy was scheduled to be home on Independence Day last season, but the game was canceled because of COVID-19. The Galaxy’s streak of 26 consecutive July 4 scheduled home dates is the longest in U.S. professional sports.

The Galaxy’s longest home stand is a three-match stint straddling July and August against Portland, Real Salt Lake and Vancouver. The Galaxy will play three consecutive road games twice, in late July and late September, and are scheduled to play on national TV 16 times this season.

Galaxy schedule

April 18: at Inter Miami; 25: vs. New York Red Bulls.

May 2: at Seattle; 8: vs. LAFC; 15: vs. Austin; 22: at Portland; 29: vs. San Jose.

June 19: vs. Seattle; 23: at Vancouver; 26: vs. San Jose at Stanford Stadium.

July 4: vs. Sporting KC; 7: vs. Dallas; 17: at Vancouver; 21: at Real Salt Lake; 24: at Dallas; 30: vs. Portland.

Aug. 4: vs. Real Salt Lake; 8: vs. Vancouver; 14: at Minnesota; 17: vs. Colorado; 20: vs. San Jose; 28: at LAFC

Sept. 11: at Colorado; 15: vs. Houston; 18: at Minnesota; 26: at Austin; 29: at Real Salt Lake.

Oct 3: vs. LAFC; 16: vs. Portland; 20: at Houston; 23: vs. Dallas; 27: at Sporting KC.

Nov. 1: at Seattle; 7: vs, Minnesota.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.