The league has released its opening weekend schedule with all 16 teams in action, including the new Philadelphia Union at Sounders FC on March 25 at Qwest Field. The game will start around 6:30 p.m. here on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Sounders FC will also be at Real Salt Lake for its home opener. More details below.
NEW YORK (Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009) – Major League Soccer’s 15th season begins with First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, the opening game of the 2010 MLS regular season, on Thursday, March 25 when Seattle Sounders FC host Philadelphia Union’s inaugural MLS game (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes).
The nationally-televised First Kick matchup features Philadelphia Union, coached by MLS All-Time Best XI member Peter Nowak, in the club’s inaugural game as the League’s 16th team. They will face 2009 expansion side Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field, where they have averaged more than 30,000 fans per game.
Opening weekend also includes the first MLS match at the new Red Bull Arena – Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls (March 27, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes). In the first Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol match of 2010, the New England Revolution travel to face the Los Angeles Galaxy (March 27, 11 p.m. ET kickoff/10:30 p.m. pregame show). On Sunday, March 28, TeleFutura opens its 2010 MLS campaign with Chivas USA hosting the Colorado Rapids (time TBD).
The 2010 MLS Regular Season will see each team play a 30-game regular season, followed by playoffs among eight qualifying teams. The 2010 regular season will conclude Oct. 24. The MLS Cup Playoffs will culminate in the championship match, MLS Cup 2010, on Nov. 21.
For the first time in its history, MLS will not play League games during the group phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group phase includes the first 48 games of the 64-game tournament that begins on June 11, 2010 in South Africa. The last MLS game prior to the World Cup will be played June 10 and MLS will not schedule any additional League games until after the group phase concludes June 25. MLS does not plan to schedule games on the days of either World Cup Semifinal or the World Cup Final.
The home opener for 15 MLS clubs are listed below. Toronto FC’s home opener will be determined pending the outcome of the club’s proposal to install a grass surface at BMO Field. Games will be added to Weeks 2 and 3 at a later date. Major League Soccer’s complete 2010 schedule, including local and national broadcast details, will be announced by February 2010.
(Game dates, times and venues are subject to change. All times Eastern)
REGULAR SEASON – WEEK 1
First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods – Thursday, March 25, 2010
Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2/Deportes, ESPN360.com)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Toronto FC at Columbus Crew, 4 p.m.
Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/Deportes, ESPN360.com)
D.C. United at Kansas City Wizards, 8:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes, 9 p.m.
New England Revolution at LA Galaxy, 11 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Español)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA, Time TBD (TeleFutura)
REGULAR SEASON – WEEK 2
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids, Time TBD
New England Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
Kansas City Wizards at Houston Dynamo, 8:30 p.m.
REGULAR SEASON – WEEK 3
Saturday, April 10, 2010
D.C. United at Philadelphia Union, 3 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Español)
Toronto FC at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.