Major League Soccer fans received that welcome first bit of news for the 2013 season today: the first home match for their favorite team.
As in past years, MLS has released the first few weeks of the season ahead of the full schedule, to give fans a taste of how things will open up. They waited a bit longer this year than in 2011, but the reward for that is knowing the exact match-ups rather than each team’s first home appearance.
The Eastern Conference Champion Houston Dynamo will begin their season at home in a Conference Final rematch against D.C. United in what’s likely to be the first day’s highlight match. Sporting KC also travels to Philadelphia, who get their first shot at hosting a match on opening weekend.
The Galaxy, Timbers, and Earthquakes will all host matches on Sunday, with San Jose meeting up with Real Salt Lake in a matchup between 2011′s 1 and 2 seed in the West.
The final team to open at home will be the New England Revolution, who host F.C. Dallas on Saturday, March 23.
Of course, many fans would like the entire schedule released, but they will likely have to wait until early 2013 to begin planning their summer road trips. Here is a list of the fixtures that have been divulged thus far:
Saturday, March 2:
Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (PPL Park)
FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (FC Dallas Stadium)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact (CenturyLink Field)
Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew (The Home Depot Center)
Sunday, March 3:
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (The Home Depot Center)
Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls (JELD-WEN Field)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake (Buck Shaw Stadium)
Saturday, March 9:
Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (TBD)
D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake (RFK Stadium)
Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park)
Saturday, March 16:
New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (Livestrong Sporting Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Olympic Stadium)
Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Crew Stadium)
Saturday, March 23:
New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium)