League unveils 34-match schedule for each of its 19 teams.Major League Soccer released the full schedule for the 2012 regular season on Thursday with all 323 matches set for live television.
Each of the league's 19 teams will play 34 matches each, with 17 coming at home and 17 on the road. An equal number of in and out-of-conference games will be played by each club.
In the United States, 89 of the matches will be broadcast by the league's national partners, including ESPN, ESPN2 ESPN Deportes, NBC, NBC Sports Network and Univision. As for Canada, 30 matches will be broadcast nationally on TSN and RDS.
The season will run from March 10 to Oct. 28 with the playoff finally, the 2012 MLS Cup Final, scheduled for Dec. 1.
Listed below are some highlights of the league's upcoming season:
- All 323 games will be televised live: Fans can watch games live via the national broadcast partners, regional telecasts, the Direct Kick television package (available via select satellite and digital cable providers) and/or on www.MLSsoccer.com via subscription. Regional broadcast schedules will be announced by the clubs as they are finalized.
- Majority of games on weekends: More than 83% of all MLS games will take place on weekends or holidays, with every day of the week having at least one scheduled match during the year.
- Record day of action – April 28: The nine MLS games scheduled for Saturday, April 28 are set to break the League record for the most games in one day (previously eight, on March 26, 2011).
- International fixture dates: MLS initially did not schedule any games on FIFA fixture dates, but the League afforded the option, only by mutual club consent, of moving a game to one of those dates when other scheduling conflicts could not be resolved. Thus, a small number of games do occur on select FIFA fixture dates.
- For a full list of the fixtures, CLICK HERE.