MLS releases dates of 2012 home openers

MLS releases dates of 2012 home openers

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MLS releases dates of 2012 home openers

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MLS has released the dates of each team's home opener for the 2012 season, and all but one team will play its first home match by Week 3.

The Houston Dynamo are the only team that will have to wait a while for their home opener next year, as they'll be on the road until their new soccer-specific stadium opens in Week 10 on May 12. The scenario they face is much like the one Sporting Kansas City did last season, when the club was forced to play its first 10 games on the road.

The Los Angeles Galaxy won't have to wait long to return to the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy begin their MLS Cup title defense at home on the first day of the season on March 10. Five other teams will open the season at home that day as well.

The expansion Montreal Impact have their first-ever MLS home game in Week 2 on March 17. They'll play at the Olympic Stadium to start while renovations to Stade Saputo continue.

Here are all of the dates for 2012 MLS home openers:

WEEK 1

Saturday, March 10: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sunday, March 11: Chivas USA, FC Dallas

Monday, March 12: Portland Timbers

WEEK 2

Saturday, March 17: Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact, Real Salt Lake

Sunday, March 18: Philadelphia Union

WEEK 3

Saturday, March 24: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC

Sunday, March 25: New York Red Bulls 

WEEK 10

Saturday, May 12: Houston Dynamo

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