ST. PAUL -- Minnesota United announced its complete 2020 schedule on Thursday, Dec. 19, and there are several intriguing games.

The season opener on March 1 at Portland and the home opener at Allianz Field on March 15 versus New York Red Bulls were announced weeks ago, so here are eight other interesting matches on the slate:

— April 11: As part of an early-season, four-game homestand, Minnesota will try to extract some revenge against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the club that bounced the Loons out of the MLS Cup playoffs in the first round last October. They won’t have villan Zlatan Ibrahimovic this year, however, after Swedish star left the league after the season.

— April 15: United will travel to Houston to face former players Darwin Quintero and Christian Ramirez for the first time since Minnesota traded the two attackers away.

— May 16: Minnesota will travel to South Florida to face Inter Miami, an expansion club which has been aggressive in putting together an intriguing roster to start its debut season.

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— May 27: The Loons will host an international friendly against a club to be announced. Minnesota played three exhibitions a year ago, against Hertha Berlin of the German Bundisliga, Aston Villa of the English Premier League and Pachuca of Mexico’s Liga MX.

— June 13: Minnesota hosts Nashville, the other expansion club coming aboard this season. It will be interesting to see if the Wilfs — ownership partners in that Tennessee club — attend the game in St. Paul after the Vikings owners couldn’t get their own MLS team in Minneapolis.

— July 5: Minnesota travels to Seattle to face the defending MLS Cup champions. The Sounders beat the Loons in the final game of the regular season in 2019 to leapfrog them in the playoff seedings.

— Aug. 9: The Loons’ 2017 expansion cousin Atlanta comes to Allianz Field, and Minnesota will try to erase bitter tastes over losing the U.S. Open Cup final to the Five Stripes in Georgia last August.

— Oct. 4: The Loons will host a game on “Decision Day” for the first time in club history, and it will have juicy added story lines with Quintero and Ramirez back in Minnesota for the first time.

Complete Loons schedule

March 1 — at Portland

March 7 — at San Jose

March 15 — New York Red Bulls

March 21 — Montreal

April 4 — San Jose

April 11 — Los Angeles Galaxy

April 15 — at Houston

April 18 — Dallas

April 25 — at Kansas City

April 29 — at Columbus

May 2 — Colorado

May 9 — at Orlando City

May 13 — Salt Lake

May 16 — at Miami

May 23 — Portland

May 27 — TBD (International friendly)

May 31 — at Los Angeles Galaxy

June 13 — Nashville

June 17 — at Los Angeles FC

June 20 — at Dallas

June 27 — at D.C.

July 1 — Vancouver

July 5 — at Seattle

July 12 — Los Angeles FC

July 18 — Kansas City

July 25 — at Salt Lake

Aug. 1 — at Nashville

Aug. 9 — Atlanta

Aug. 16 — Seattle

Aug. 22 — Chicago

Aug. 29 — at Colorado

Sept. 13 — at Vancouver

Sept. 19 — New England

Sept. 26 — at Cincinnati

Oct. 4 — Houston