The league announced its schedule for 2013 home openers. Among them is reigning champion Los Angeles hosting the Chicago Fire on March 3.Major League Soccer will get off to its earliest start in league history in 2013, and fans received a glimpse at what the opening weeks of the season will look like. MLS announced its home openers for all 19 teams on Tuesday, a slate that features several top matches that should get the season off to a strong start. It includes six matches on Saturday, March 2, and a slate of three games that following Sunday that will include the Supporters' Shield-holding San Jose Earthquakes, two-time defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls.
The new-look Galaxy will be kicking off the post-David-Beckham era at home against the Chicago Fire, while the Red Bulls, newly free of Rafa Marquez, will open on the road against the Portland Timbers. In fact, New York will not get a home match until the third week of the season, when longtime rival DC United comes to town. San Jose, meanwhile, opens against Real Salt Lake in a clash of Western Conference powers.
The New England Revolution won't host a game until Week 4, when the club welcomes FC Dallas to Gillette Stadium. As for other matches of note on the opening day of the season, the Houston Dynamo meets D.C. in a rematch of the Eastern Conference final; FC Dallas and Colorado meet in Texas in a rematch of the 2010 MLS Cup final; and two teams who have made noise this offseason, Philadelphia and Sporting Kansas City, will square off at PPL Park.
Of note to Canadian fans, Toronto FC travels to the west coast to meet the Vancouver Whitecaps on March 2 before playing host to Sporting KC in a venue still to be determined - rumoured to be the Rogers Centre as BMO Field is not winterized - the following weekend.
The Montreal Impact face the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on March 2 before opening their home slate at Olympic Stadium against TFC on March 16.
Here is the home opening schedule from MLS:
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 (venue 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)