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The 2016 soccer calendar: Key dates to remember for the upcoming season

Soccer lovers, rejoice!

It’s shaping up to be quite the year. The 2016 soccer calendar will feature the European Championship, the Copa America Centenario, and the Olympic Games. Oh, and Canada will also continue its World Cup qualifying campaign, including a date vs. CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico at BC Place.

Speaking of BC Place, that’s where Vancouver Whitecaps FC will open the 2016 MLS regular season on March 6 vs. longtime Canadian rival Montreal Impact.

The complete 2016 MLS schedule will be released this Thursday.

Here are a few more dates to remember:

Jan. 7: Full MLS schedule release

Jan. 7-12: MLS Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jan. 11: FIFA Ballon d’Or Ceremony

Jan. 14: MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, Maryland

Jan. 23: Whitecaps FC players report for training camp/medical testing

Jan. 31: Whitecaps FC depart for Tucson, Arizona

Feb. 3-9: Desert Friendlies in Tucson (‘Caps to face Seattle, San Jose, and Houston)

Feb. 5: Canadian men’s national team friendly vs. the U.S. in Carson, California

Feb. 10-21: CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Houston and Dallas

Feb. 21-27: Simple Invitational in Portland (‘Caps to face Chicago, Portland, and Minnesota United)

March 6: First day of 2016 MLS regular season (‘Caps to host Montreal Impact)

March 25: Canada vs. Mexico World Cup qualifier at BC Place

March 29: Mexico vs. Canada World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca

April 20 and 27: 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League Final

June 2-14: MLS break for Copa America Centenario

June 3-26: Copa America Centenario in the U.S.

June 10-July 20: Euro 2016 in France

June/July: 2016 Amway Canadian Championship

Late July: 2016 MLS All-Star Game in San Jose

August 3-20: 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil

Sept. 2: Honduras vs. Canada World Cup qualifier in Honduras

Sept. 6: Canada vs. El Salvador World Cup qualifier in Canada

Nov. 7: Fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying (“The Hex”) for 2018 World Cup begins

Nov. 13-Dec. 6: 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea

Early December: 2016 MLS Cup

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