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Major League Ultimate announced the 2016 Season Schedule this past week, giving the Dogfish their first look at their match-ups for the upcoming season.
The San Francisco Dogfish look to reestablish their position in the Western Conference, returning to the winning ways of 2013, which saw them represent the west in the first ever MLU Championship.
After consecutive losing seasons, the Dogfish look to get the 2016 season started on the right foot, playing three of their first four games at home. Opening against the Vancouver Nighthawks, the Dogfish then face a home-and-home series with the Portland Stags, traveling to face the juggernaut Stags before hosting them in the Bay Area.
The most intriguing matchup of the season will certainly be in Week 6, when the Dogfish host the first ever MLU cross-divisional game, hosting the New York Rumble. Before 2016, the only meetings between Eastern and Western Conference teams had been in the MLU Championship. In those games, all occurring on the east coast, the Western Conference champions have gone 0-3. The Dogfish hope to be the first team from the west to defeat an opponent from the east.
Following their showdown with New York, the Dogfish schedule heats up as the team has two doubleheader road trips over their last six games. First, the team will travel to face the Nighthawks, followed by the Seattle Rainmakers the next day. Following another game against the Rainmakers in San Francisco, the Dogfish will again pack their bags and play games on back to back days, this time with stops in Seattle and Portland.
The Dogfish will end their 2016 regular season exactly as they began it, facing the Nighthawks at home.
Date Sat. 4/9 Sat. 4/23 Sat. 5/7 Sat. 5/14 Sat. 5/21 Sun. 5/22 Sat. 6/4 Sat. 6/11 Sun. 6/12 Sat. 6/18
Home Team Away Team San Francisco Dogfish Vancouver Nighthawks Portland Stags San Francisco Dogfish San Francisco Dogfish Portland Stags San Francisco Dogfish New York Rumble Vancouver Nighthawks San Francisco Dogfish Seattle Rainmakers San Francisco Dogfish San Francisco Dogfish Seattle Rainmakers Seattle Rainmakers San Francisco Dogfish Portland Stags San Francisco Dogfish San Francisco Dogfish Vancouver Nighthawks
The Eastern and Western Conference Championships will be held the weekend of June 25-26, with the 2016 MLU Championship taking place the weekend of July 16-17.
*Schedule subject to change.