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MLS Regular Season Schedule is Out

This is not the complete schedule for Sounders FC. Most of you know that, but I should remind you that there will be the US Open Cup, the CONCACAF Champions League as well as 3 friendlies tagged onto the following schedule.

It is notable to me that though 1/3 of all league matches are on TV this year, only 9 will be of Sounders. A "balanced" TV schedule would have been 10. A schedule that would have featured the team and city with the best MLS TV ratings should have had more. This is an MLS miss.

MLS added the Philly SSS Opener to the ESPN2 schedule. Seattle now is evenly represented on National TV.

Also notable are the reduction in weeknight games, this year down to 15%. This is due to a bit less crowding from FIFA dates, and just a wise move to get more people inside the stadiums. You should expect a bump in attendence overall from this alone.

Philly has the anti-Sounders schedule due to their stadium issue. Their 3rd Home Game is against the Sounders on June 27th, a Sunday (MLS still fixing their online version of schedule).

Also notable is that the Sounders/Seahawks conflict lead to only a tiny weighting towards road games. In September/October there will be only 3 home games and 5 away. It could have been worse. Throw in August and its only a 5/6 split in favor of traveling.

Sounders have a double week early, and both matches are roadtrips. Kind of long ones at that. At Dallas on a Thursday followed up by at Toronto. At the end of that first 6 matches of March/April Sounders need to be at 10+ points. They are facing clubs that are generally lower to mid-level teams, with the at Salt Lake being the only one where I expect a poor result. Also, several teams historically start slow as they don't bring in their full squad until the end of the Primary Transfer Window. It is great that one of the shortest/cheapest roadtrips is the first one of the year.

The Second Six gets more difficult with only the loans of Donovan and Beckham making it a bit easier. By the time the World Cup starts Seattle fans should have a good picture of what kind of team has come back to defend their single trophy and effort towards a multi-Cup year.

Full Regular Season Schedule after the jump. I have included the date change that MLS has indicated will be made to the @Philly match.

date

opponent

time (PT) / result

 

TV, Radio / attendance

March

 

 

 

 

03/25 - Thursday

Philadelphia

6:30 p.m.

 

ESPN2, Deportes

April

 

 

 

 

04/03 - Saturday

New York

8:00 p.m.

 

FSC, FSE

04/10 - Saturday

at Real Salt Lake

6:00 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

04/17 - Saturday

Kansas City

12:00 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

04/22 - Thursday

at FC Dallas

5:00 p.m.

 

ESPN2, Deportes

04/25 - Sunday

at Toronto FC

11:00 a.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

May

 

 

 

 

05/01 - Saturday

Columbus

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

05/08 - Saturday

LA Galaxy

1:00 p.m.

 

TeleFutura

05/15 - Saturday

at New York

4:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

05/22 - Saturday

San Jose

12:00 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

05/29 - Saturday

at Colorado

TBD

 

DK, MLSnet.com

June

 

 

 

 

06/05 - Saturday

New England

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

06/10 - Thursday

D.C. United

7:00 p.m.

 

ESPN2, Deportes

06/27 - Sunday

at Philadelphia

1:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

July

 

 

 

 

07/04 - Sunday

at LA Galaxy

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

07/11 - Sunday

FC Dallas

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

07/15 - Thursday

at D.C. United

5:00 p.m.

 

ESPN2, Deportes

07/25 - Sunday

Colorado

8:00 p.m.

 

FSC, FSE

07/31 - Saturday

at San Jose

7:00 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

August

 

 

 

 

08/08 - Sunday

Houston

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

08/14 - Saturday

at Chivas USA

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

08/28 - Saturday

Chicago

7:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

September

 

 

 

 

09/04 - Saturday

at New England

4:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

09/09 - Thursday

Real Salt Lake

8:00 p.m.

 

ESPN2, Deportes

09/18 - Saturday

at Columbus

4:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

09/25 - Saturday

at Chicago

5:00 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

October

 

 

 

 

10/02 - Saturday

Toronto FC

12:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

10/09 - Saturday

at Kansas City

5:30 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

10/15 - Friday

Chivas USA

8:00 p.m.

 

ESPN2, Deportes

10/23 - Saturday

at Houston

1:00 p.m.

 

DK, MLSnet.com

 

Thoughts on the schedule?

UPDATE: Final Four Matches for the League

Team

Opp 1

Opp 2

Opp 3

Opp 4

Chicago

@ Dallas

Columbus

DC

@Chivas

Chivas

Toronto

@ Seattle

@ San Jose

Chicago

Colorado

DC

@ Dallas

@ LA

Salt Lake

Columbus

San Jose

@ Chicago

@ Toronto

Philly

DC

@ Colorado

San Jose

@ Chicago

Toronto

Dallas

Chicago

Colorado

@ Salt Lake

@ LA

Houston

@ Philly

New England

@ San Jose

Seattle

Kansas City

@ New York

Seattle

@ New England

San Jose

Los Angeles

@ Chivas

@ Philly

Colorado

Dallas

New England

Real Salt Lake

@ Houston

Kansas City

@ New York

New York

Kansas City

Salt Lake

@ Philly

New England

Philly

Houston

LA

New York

@ Columbus

Salt Lake

@ New England

@ New York

Dallas

@ Colorado

San Jose

@ DC

Houston

Chivas

@ Kansas City

Toronto

@ Seattle

@ Chivas

Columbus

@ DC

Seattle

Toronto

@ Kansas City

Chivas

@ Houston

It may be a good thing that RSL ends with 3 Away.

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