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Columbus Crew preseason schedule, dates ahead of 2021 MLS season

As the snow melts in Columbus, the Crew is nearing the start of its preseason camp in California and Florida before its MLS Cup title defense begins in the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

 <img alt="a large stadium with green grass: Columbus Crew SC players take the field at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Oh., for a practice session on Friday, December 11, 2020, before Saturday's MLS Cup." data-src="{"default":{"load":"default","w":"80","h":"53","src":"//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BB1bSjQy.img?h=533&w=799&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f"},"size3column":{"load":"default","w":"62","h":"42","src":"//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BB1bSjQy.img?h=416&w=624&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f"},"size2column":{"load":"default","w":"62","h":"42","src":"//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BB1bSjQy.img?h=416&w=624&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f"}}" src="https://static-entertainment-eus-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/sc/9b/e151e5.gif" />   © Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch  Columbus Crew SC players take the field at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Oh., for a practice session on Friday, December 11, 2020, before Saturday's MLS Cup.                <p>The Crew announced its preseason schedule Monday with games to be added at a later date.</p>                <p>Players must arrive in Columbus and report for training camp by Wednesday and quarantine for seven days before training camp begins March 3 in Chula Vista, California, and concludes April 5 in Orlando, Florida, before beginning play in the Concacaf Champions League on April 8 at 8 p.m. in Nicaragua.  </p>             <p>The Crew will be in Columbus after that, ahead of its April 15 game at 8 p.m. at old Crew Stadium for the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League against Real Esteli FC.</p>             <p>MLS season is scheduled to begin April 17. The Crew likely will begin its season a day or two after that date. The 34-game schedule for the 2021 season has not been released.</p>             <p>Players are allowed to train individually during the quarantine period with COVID-19 testing protocols. Some Crew players already arrived in market last week.</p>             <h2>Crew preseason schedule </h2>             <p>Feb. 27-28: Players report for entrance physicals </p>             <p>March 3-13: Training camp in Chula Vista </p>             <p>March 14-16: Players off </p>             <p>March 17-20: Crew trains in Columbus </p>             <p>March 21-April 5: Training camp in Orlando</p>             <h2>First games of 2021 season</h2>             <p>April 8: Crew at Real Esteli - Concacaf Champions League Round of 16</p>             <p>April 15: Crew vs. Real Esteli - Concacaf Champions League Round of 16</p>             <p>April 17: MLS season begins</p>             <p><em>jmyers@dispatch.com</em></p>             <p><em>@_jcmyers</em></p>             <p><em>This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: <a href="https://www.dispatch.com/story/sports/mls/columbus-crew/2021/02/22/columbus-crew-preseason-schedule-dates-ahead-2021-mls-season/4545334001/">Columbus Crew preseason schedule, dates ahead of 2021 MLS season</a></em></p>     <button> Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. </button>

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