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NWSL releases schedule for 2015 season

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The 2015 National Women’s Soccer League schedule is out and the league is making some key changes in its third year, the NWSL announced Thursday.

With the Women’s World Cup kicking off in June, the NWSL will take a 12-day break during the group stage from June 7 to June 18. The break should minimize the absence of the league’s top players, although players from the U.S. Women’s National Team are expected to still miss several early games for pre-World Cup residency, SBI has reported.

Though the World Cup break occurs in the middle of the season, most matches will be played after the break, with more midweek games being introduced in the second half of the season.

The number of midweek games will be cut by more than half from last year, to 14 down from 35. As a result, more than 80 percent of matches will be played on weekends and holidays, alleviating a common complaint from fans last year.

Last year’s new expansion side, the Houston Dash, will host the season-opener against the Washington Spirit on April 10. The Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City will get a rematch of last year’s championship on April 23 at Sporting KC’s Swope Soccer Village.

Broadcast information has not yet been released. Last year, all games were streamed live for free on YouTube.

See the full schedule below (after the jump):

 2015 NWSL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Date Home Team Visiting Team Venue (City, State) Kickoff Time
Friday, April 10, 2015 Houston Dash Washington Spirit BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Boston Breakers Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Sunday, April 12, 2015 FC Kansas City Sky Blue FC Sporting Park (Kansas City, Kan.) 3:00 PM CT
Sunday, April 12, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Western New York Flash Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 4:00 PM PT
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Washington Spirit FC Kansas City Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Sky Blue FC Houston Dash Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Western New York Flash Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 4:00 PM PT
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Seattle Reign FC Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 7:00 PM CT
Thursday, April 23, 2015 FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns FC Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 7:30 PM CT
Sunday, April 26, 2015 Boston Breakers Houston Dash Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 5:00 PM ET
Sunday, April 26, 2015 Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 6:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Western New York Flash Boston Breakers Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Washington Spirit Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 5:00 PM CT
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Houston Dash FC Kansas City BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Friday, May 08, 2015 Western New York Flash FC Kansas City Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Boston Breakers Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.) 4:00 PM CT
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Sky Blue FC Seattle Reign FC Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Washington Spirit Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Thursday, May 14, 2015 FC Kansas City Western New York Flash Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Friday, May 15, 2015 Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Boston Breakers Portland Thorns FC Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 4:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Friday, May 22, 2015 Boston Breakers Sky Blue FC Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 23, 2015 Western New York Flash Washington Spirit Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 23, 2015 FC Kansas City Chicago Red Stars Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Saturday, May 23, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Houston Dash Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Boston Breakers FC Kansas City Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Washington Spirit Portland Thorns FC Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Chicago Red Stars Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Sunday, May 31, 2015 Sky Blue FC Houston Dash Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 3:00 PM ET
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Washington Spirit Boston Breakers Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Western New York Flash Chicago Red Stars Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Friday, June 19, 2015 Portland Thorns FC FC Kansas City Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 7:00 PM CT
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Houston Dash Western New York Flash BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Sunday, June 21, 2015 Boston Breakers Seattle Reign FC Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 4:00 PM ET
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Washington Spirit Houston Dash Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Seattle Reign FC FC Kansas City Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:30 PM PT
Sunday, June 28, 2015 Boston Breakers Western New York Flash Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 5:00 PM ET
Sunday, June 28, 2015 Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 6:00 PM ET
Friday, July 03, 2015 Western New York Flash Seattle Reign FC Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Friday, July 03, 2015 FC Kansas City Washington Spirit Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Friday, July 03, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Sky Blue FC Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Boston Breakers FC Kansas City Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 6:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Sky Blue FC Portland Thorns FC Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Western New York Flash Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Sunday, July 12, 2015 Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 FC Kansas City Houston Dash Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Washington Spirit Seattle Reign FC Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Boston Breakers Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 7:00 PM CT
Sunday, July 19, 2015 Western New York Flash Sky Blue FC Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 3:00 PM ET
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Western New York Flash Houston Dash Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Sky Blue FC Boston Breakers Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 7:00 PM ET
Sunday, July 26, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Portland Thorns FC Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 4:00 PM PT
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Western New York Flash Portland Thorns FC Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Houston Dash FC Kansas City BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Boston Breakers Seattle Reign FC Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 4:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Washington Spirit Houston Dash Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Sky Blue FC Western New York Flash Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 7:00 PM CT
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Boston Breakers Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Friday, August 07, 2015 Houston Dash Sky Blue FC BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Saturday, August 08, 2015 Boston Breakers Washington Spirit Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium (Allston, Mass.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 08, 2015 FC Kansas City Western New York Flash Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Sunday, August 09, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Chicago Red Stars Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 7:00 PM PT
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 1:00 PM CT
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Washington Spirit Western New York Flash Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 FC Kansas City Portland Thorns FC Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Houston Dash Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Sky Blue FC Portland Thorns FC Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 22, 2015 FC Kansas City Boston Breakers Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Houston Dash Seattle Reign FC BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Sunday, August 23, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Western New York Flash Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 4:00 PM CT
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Boston Breakers Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Thursday, August 27, 2015 FC Kansas City Washington Spirit Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.) 7:00 PM CT
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Western New York Flash Chicago Red Stars Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 7:00 PM PT
Sunday, August 30, 2015 Houston Dash Boston Breakers BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 7:30 PM CT
Sunday, August 30, 2015 Portland Thorns FC Washington Spirit Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) 6:00 PM PT
Friday, September 04, 2015 Western New York Flash Portland Thorns FC Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) 7:00 PM ET
Saturday, September 05, 2015 Washington Spirit Seattle Reign FC Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) 7:00 PM ET
Sunday, September 06, 2015 Sky Blue FC FC Kansas City Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) 6:00 PM ET
Sunday, September 06, 2015 Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) 4:00 PM CT

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