Atlanta United already has the MLS Cup and vivid, colorful memories of a championship parade right down Peachtree Street.
Now comes the hard (and fun) part: Defending the title.
On Monday, Major League Soccer announced its master schedule for the 2019 season; and as part of the grand rollout, the world champion United will have 17 national broadcasts among their 35-match slate.
Here are United's standout matches for 2019:
March 3 – @ D.C. United (season opener)
March 10 – vs. FC Cincinnati (home opener)
May 5 – @ Sporting KC (best team in the West last season)
May 15 – @ Vancouver (kicks off a quirky three-match road trip)
May 19 – @ New York Red Bulls (United's biggest rival)
May 24 – @ Real Salt Lake (Vancouver to New York to Salt Lake in nine days)
June 26 – @ Toronto FC (revenge for last year's season-finale flop?
July 7 – vs. N.Y. Red Bulls (early Game Of The Year candidate at The Benz)
August 18 – @ Portland (rematch of the MLS Cup finale)
September 25 – @ New York City FC (the adventurous Yankee Stadium pitch)
October 6 – vs. New England (season finale at home)