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Sounders schedule 2015: Opens against Revolution, closes against Real Salt Lake

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Lovers of high drama will possibly be a bit disappointed as MLS released the 2015 schedule on Tuesday. Unlike last year when the Seattle Sounders closed out the season with back-to-back games against the LA Galaxy, they'll have a far more normal close to the season with a home game against Real Salt Lake.

There was at least one significant change from the previously established patterns: The Cascadia Cup will be balanced for the first time in its MLS existence. The Sounders will visit the Vancouver Whitecaps twice and host the Portland Timbers twice.

Other notable items from the Sounders' schedule include:

  • Their first game against the LA Galaxy is on April 12, but their only home game against them is on Oct. 4
  • They've got two three-game road trips, the first from May 3-16 and the other from Sept. 12-27.
  • There will be eight home games over the summer, a welcome change from last year
  • The Sounders will visit New York City FC on May 3 and host Orlando City on Aug. 16
  • There are 12 national TV games scheduled (6 on Fox Sports, 4 on ESPN2, 1 on ESPN and 1 on UniMas)
  • 13 matches will be on Sunday, 18 on Saturday and one on Friday. Two matches will be midweek affairs, all on Wednesday
  • August will likely be insane, as there are five league games scheduled (two on the road) and CCL games likely
  • There are three games scheduled during the CONCACAF Gold Cup (at Chicago, vs. Colorado and at Montreal)
  • There will be 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents, five home and five away
  • There will be 24 games against Western Conference opponents, with only two against the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, but three against the other six.
  • Twice the Sounders will play three games in an eight-day span. The first is all at home, but the second of those stretches will see them start at home on June 20 against the San Jose Earthquakes, travel to the Philadelphia Union on June 24 and return for a road game against the Portland Timbers on June 28.
  • The only road game against the Earthquakes will be at the soccer-specific Avaya Stadium, not at Levi's Stadium as President Dave Kaval had threatened to do previously
  • The MLS Cup Playoff format was officially unveiled. Six teams from each conference will qualify, with the top two teams in each conference receiving a bye. The four knockout round games will be played on Oct. 28-29 and the MLS Cup final will be Dec. 5-6 or Dec. 12-13.

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

NATIONAL TV / KICKOFF (PST)

Sunday

March 8

New England

FOX Sports / 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

March 14

San Jose

TBD

Saturday

March 28

at Dallas

5:30 p.m.

Saturday

April 4

Houston

TBD

Sunday

April 12

at Los Angeles

FOX Sports / 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

April 18

at Colorado

6:00 p.m.

Sunday

April 26

Portland

FOX Sports / 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

May 3

at New York City FC

FOX Sports / 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

May 9

at Columbus

4:30 p.m.

Saturday

May 16

at Vancouver

TBD

Saturday

May 23

Kansas City

TBD

Wednesday

May 27

Colorado

TBD

Sunday

May 31

New York Red Bulls

ESPN2 / 2:00 p.m.

Saturday

June 6

at Kansas City

5:30 p.m.

Saturday

June 13

Dallas

TBD

Saturday

June 20

San Jose

TBD

Wednesday

June 24

at Philadelphia

4:00 p.m.

Sunday

June 28

at Portland

FOX Sports / 4:00 p.m.

Friday

July 3

D.C. United

UniMás / 8:00 p.m.

Saturday

July 11

at Chicago

5:30 p.m.

Saturday

July 18

Colorado

TBD

Saturday

July 25

at Montreal

TBD

Saturday

August 1

Vancouver

TBD

Sunday

August 9

at Los Angeles

ESPN / 1:00 p.m.

Sunday

August 16

Orlando City

ESPN2 / 2:00 p.m.

Saturday

August 22

at Real Salt Lake

7:00 p.m.

Sunday

August 30

Portland

ESPN2 / 2:00 p.m.

Saturday

September 5

Toronto

TBD

Saturday

September 12

at San Jose

7:30 p.m.

Saturday

September 19

at Vancouver

TBD

Sunday

September 27

at Kansas City

ESPN2 / 2:00 p.m.

Sunday

October 4

Los Angeles

FOX / 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

October 18

at Houston

TBD

Sunday

October 25

Real Salt Lake

4:00 p.m.