Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Major League Soccer Schedule Released

Earlier today, the 2013 MLS Schedule was released. Some highlights:

  • Opening Day for the 2013 season will be Saturday, March 2. The best match of the day on paper is probably defending Eastern Conference Champion Houston Dynamo hosting D.C. United on NBC Sports Network. The following day, Portland Timbers host New York Red Bulls in what should be an exciting match on ESPN2.
  • A total of 87 matches will be nationally televised in the United States, with most matches on ESPN, ESPN2, or NBC Sports Network. NBC's second year of MLS coverage takes another step forward with three live matches being shown on the "parent channel" - New York Red Bulls vs D.C. United on  March 16, Portland Timbers vs L.A. Galaxy on September 29, and D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo on October 27.
  • Week 3 will be "Rivalry Week," with eight regional matches headlining MLS's version of March Madness. The week's most spirited contest will likely be Seattle Sounders hosting Portland Timbers.
  • The defending champion L.A. Galaxy will host the Houston Dynamo in a rematch of their MLS Cup Final on May 5 on ESPN2.

To view the schedule in its entirety, click here.

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