Since the Seattle Sounders joined MLS in 2009, they have held their season-opening game at home. Things are about to change in 2017.
Save the date(s).— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 21, 2016
The 2017 home openers for each club! pic.twitter.com/7yPpL3kLfk
The Sounders will play their first two games of the season on the road before returning to CenturyLink Field on Mar. 19 to take on the New York Red Bulls in what should be a nationally televised game. The reason for opening the first two weeks of the season on the road is due to scheduled infrastructure improvements to CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders will take on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm and the broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Seattle will be looking for their first ever win at Houston. Last season, they walked away with 1-1 draws in April and August after scoring the game-tying goal deep in second half stoppage time.
For week two, the Sounders will travel to Olympic Stadium to take on the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm and just like the Houston game, broadcast details will be released at a later date.
It’s odd to not see the Sounders opening the season at home, it’s all we have ever known since our MLS birth. I guess it’s time to get used to something new. Hell, we weren’t supposed to make the playoffs let alone win MLS Cup.