Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MLS Announces Home Openers - Which Are The Best?

Major League Soccer has announced when and where all the teams will be playing their first games of 2013.  Some matches are more intriguing than others.  Let's take a look:

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)

In week 1 I'm looking forward to the Canadian match-up at Vancouver with a new-look Toronto FC hoping to start the year better than last year (shouldn't be hard, since they started 2012 with 9 straight losses).  Other matches that stand out are Houston vs D.C United and San Jose vs Real Salt Lake.  It will be interesting to see a relatively unchanged San Jose team up against a re-shuffled RSL side.  Can the Royals stay consistant.
Week 2 only offers D.C. and RSL and Chicago and New England as relatively exciting match-ups.
Week 3 sees the openers at Livestrong Sporting Park and Rio Tinto Stadium as well as the East Canadian Derby in the Stade Olympique.  Should be a fun week!  Which match-up are you most looking forward to?