MLS announces 2013 schedule for soccer home openers for upcoming season

Major League Soccer today announced the home openers for each of its 19 clubs. 

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WASHINGTON, December 18, 2012 — Major League Soccer today announced the 2013 home openers for each of its 19 clubs. The league’s 18th season will kick off on Saturday, March 2, 2013 with six matches and continue that same weekend with three games on Sunday, March 3. All MLS clubs will play in front of their home fans by the end of Week 4.

D.C. United begins its 2013 season on the road against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, March 2 in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. United will then face Western Conference side Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 9 in its home opener of the regular season. The club will then play the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, March 16.

United was almost unbeatable at home last season. The club went 12-1-4 at RFK Stadium in the 2012 regular season, notching the best home points total (40 points) in the league and finishing as the second-place team in the East. Factoring in post-season games, the club ended the 2012 campaign on an 18-match home-unbeaten streak.

Dates and matchups for the 2013 MLS Regular Season home openers are below with home teams listed first:

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)

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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