Sounders kick off their first road game at 6 p.m. against defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake. That defending-champion part still takes a little getting used to, and that's the main topic of my preview story today.
Here's the preview story from the Salt Lake Tribune, looking at RSL's budding rivalry with the Sounders.
Meanwhile, Sounders-Real will be just one of a league-record eight games that will be played today, as all 16 teams are in action.
The most MLS games ever played in one day – eight – take place this Saturday with all 16 clubs in action. That could never happen in previous seasons because the league has never been this big before. However, it will happen again on May 1 and June 5.
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The other highlight game today could be in Philadelphia, where the Union will make its home debut -- although at the temporary home of Lincoln Financial Field.
Here's the MLS-provided preview of that one:
Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak vows his club will exhibit the kind of soccer that will likely endear it to Philly fans when Union play their first home game on Saturday evening at Lincoln Financial Field against D.C. United (6 p.m.; FSC/FSE). The game will kick off what could become the expansion’s team fiercest rivalry.
“This is a physical game all over the world and we plan to be a competitive team,” Nowak said. “… We played tough, hard-nosed football. We’re going to go at people. Get used to it.”
Festivities leading up to Union’s first home game include a pep rally at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Friday. The club has asked its supporters to fly team flags – and leave them throughout the area.
Meanwhile, here's the day's full schedule from the MLSsoccer.com site.