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MLS releases 2015 home openers; Sounders' season begins March 8 vs. Revs

MLSnew15MLS announced the 2015 home openers for its 20 teams today.

The Sounders will open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, when the MLS Cup runner-up New England Revolution visits.

The entire MLS schedule is expected to be released in early January.

Here's the news from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC will open the 2015 MLS regular season on March 8 against the New England Revolution on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Major League Soccer announced today. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. PST, with the season-opening contest being broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). The complete 2015 MLS regular season schedule will be announced at a later date. The 2015 season is the first of an eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks. All three partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week for the first time in league history. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings - primarily on UniMás. On Sundays, ESPN and FOX Sports networks will broadcast back-to-back MLS matches at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST, respectively. Sounders FC is 4-2-0 all-time in MLS regular season openers, including a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in 2014. This also marks the fifth time in seven seasons that Seattle has opened on national television, as well as the sixth time they have faced an Eastern Conference opponent. Additional information on times and broadcast details for these games and others is being revealed in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2015 regular season schedule announcement.

Below is the press release from the league:

Today Major League Soccer and its broadcast partners announced the lineup of home openers for the League’s 20th season, as well as the schedule of games available nationally across the U.S. and Canada on opening week. The 2015 season is the first of eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks.

All three partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week for the first time in League history. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings – primarily on UniMás. On Sundays, ESPN and FOX Sports networks will broadcast back-to-back MLS matches at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET, respectively.

The season opener will see the record five-time MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy host the Chicago Fire on Friday, March 6, live on UniMás at 10:00 p.m. ET.

ESPN will kick off the first Sunday of the 2015 season with the highly-anticipated, first-time meeting of MLS’ two new expansion clubs as Brazilian star Kaká and Orlando City SC will welcome David Villa and New York City FC at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

FOX Sports, the League’s newest broadcast partner, will start their MLS coverage with a blockbuster double-header on Sunday. First up, 2013 MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City will look for a bit of payback as New York Red Bulls, led by 2014 Budweiser Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips, visit Sporting Park (FOX Sports 1, 7:00 p.m. ET). To cap off the weekend, Clint Dempsey and Seattle Sounders FC, winners of the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, will host American international Jermaine Jones and MLS Cup runners-up New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field (FOX Sports 1, 9:30 p.m. ET).

On Saturday, March 7, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will all play their respective home openers. Canadian broadcast partners, TSN and RDS, will carry rivalry match Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (TSN1 and RDS2, 6:00 p.m. ET) and Montreal’s visit to RFK Stadium when the Impact take on D.C. United (RDS1, 3:00 p.m. ET).

MLS will welcome the 15th soccer-specific stadium in League history when the San Jose Earthquakes inaugurate their new home, Avaya Stadium, on Sunday, March 22 against the Chicago Fire.

Additional information on times and broadcast details for these games and others will be revealed in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2015 regular season schedule announcement.

Dates and matchups for the 2015 home openers are below (home teams listed first). All matches subject to change

WEEK 1Friday, March 6LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (StubHub Center)

Saturday, March 7D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact (RFK Stadium)Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew SC (BBVA Compass Stadium)Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids (PPL Park)Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake (Providence Park)FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Toyota Stadium)

Sunday, March 8Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando Citrus Bowl)Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls (Sporting Park)Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution (CenturyLink Field)

WEEK 2Saturday, March 14Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Toyota Park)Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union (Rio Tinto Stadium)Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC (Crew Stadium)

Sunday, March 15New York City FC vs. New England Revolution (Yankee Stadium)

WEEK 3Saturday, March 21New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium)Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)

Sunday, March 22New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (Avaya Stadium)

WEEK 4Saturday, March 28Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC (Olympic Stadium)

WEEK 10Sunday, May 10Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (BMO Field)

*Home opener to follow BMO Field renovations

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