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Sounders will open 2016 season at home, again

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In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Seattle Sounders will open their season at home for the eighth time in eight seasons. This time, the opponent will be Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. and it will be aired nationally on FoxSports 1.

The following week, the Sounders will serve as the opponent in Real Salt Lake's home opener.

The Sounders are one of four games being aired nationally on opening weekend, and each game features a 2.5-hour broadcast window.

The Sounders have gone 5-2 in previous home openers. Their two losses came to the LA Galaxy in 2011 and the Montreal Impact in 2013. In 2014, the Sounders beat Sporting KC in their home opener on Chad Barrett's stoppage-time goal.

The full MLS schedule will be released on Jan. 7.

Home Opener schedule:

WEEK 1

Sunday, March 6, 2016 (home team listed first):

1:30 p.m. ET – New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC (Red Bull Arena) – TSN

2 p.m. ET – Orlando City SC vs. Real Salt Lake (Orlando Citrus Bowl)

2 p.m. ET – Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC (Toyota Park)

3 p.m. ET – FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union (Toyota Stadium)

3 p.m. ET – Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution (BBVA Compass Stadium)

3 p.m. ET – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids (Avaya Stadium)

*4:30 p.m. ET – Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew SC (Providence Park) – ESPN / ESPN Deportes

5:30 p.m. ET – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact (BC Place) – TSN and RDS

*7 p.m. ET – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (CenturyLink Field)– FS1 / FOX Deportes

10 p.m. ET – LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United (StubHub Center) – UniMas/ UDN

* = 2.5 hour windows start at this time.

WEEK 2

Saturday

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium)

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union (MAPFRE Stadium)

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)

Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Children’s Mercy Park)

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls (Olympic Stadium)

Sunday, March 13

New York City FC vs. Toronto FC (Yankee Stadium)

WEEK 3

Saturday

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids (RFK Stadium)

Sunday, March 20

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution (Talen Energy Stadium)

WEEK 12

Saturday

Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas (BMO Field)

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