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MLS Announces 2010 Home Openers

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The Philadelphia Union's introduction into MLS will come in the intense atmosphere of Qwest Field as Major League Soccer's newest team will face its second newest in the league's 2010 season opener on March 25th.

MLS announced the home openers for 15 of the league's 16 teams on Thursday, with Philly-Seattle kicking off the season on Thursday, March 25. Toronto FC's home opener has not been determined yet as the club is awaiting the outcome of its proposal to install a grass surface at BMO Field.

The New York Red Bulls will unveil Red Bull Arena on March 27 with a match against the Chicago Fire, while Toronto FC and Columbus renew acquaintances at Crew Stadium that same day.

Here is a rundown of all the MLS home openers:

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders (ESPN2)

SATURDAY, March 27, 2010

Toronto FC at Columbus Crew

Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls (ESPN2)

D.C. United at Kansas City Wizards

Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas

Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes

New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010

Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA (Telefutura)

SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010

Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids

New England Revolution at D.C. United

Kansas City Wizards at Houston Dynamo

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2010

D.C. United at Philadelphia Union (Fox Soccer Channel)

Toronto FC at New England Revolution

San Jose Earthquakes at Chicago Fire

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake

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What do you think of these match-ups? Looking forward to seeing Red Bull Arena? Think the Philly-Seattle opener is going to be as good an atmosphere as Seattle's inaugural match this year?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Why do we ALWAYS open at Kansas City?! I really can’t stand it. It depresses me having to watch a soccer game in that little minor league baseball park with no seats opposite the press box. Ugh.

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  2. let’s just say that i can’t wait for the stunned silence in seattle when the union score first… and the several hundred die hard SOB’s that make the trip go absolutely mental. and i plan to be right in the middle of that chaos.

    COME ON PHILLY!

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  3. Union James- keep on hoping bro.

    Have there been any rumors about the first Philly players? All I have heard is San Jose wants to give Convey away.

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  4. Cowboys parking is actually 75 bucks. I was at the game Sunday. A Miller lite and a pretzel cost me 15 bucks. The whole experience was rediculously expensive. I’d rather go to a game at pizza hut park any day.

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  5. i will be at evry Red Bull Arena game……………..but what i still wish MLS does……is copy the EPL sitting apprach..where the fans are like right on the field……if yopu notice in Stamford Bridge the field goes down after the endlines so its like when the fans sit/stand theirr eyesight is exactly level with the feild rather than the fans being so far away. ReD Bull’s first row will be 21 feet away(boundary width)…..whats stamford bridges Boundary width anybody know?

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  6. One more thing on Jerry world. Parking alone costs $60 per day. Red Bulls Arena will be a great stadium and the tickets will be a fraction of what it costs for a Dallas Football game plus a PSL license, plus $10 Beers and $13 Hamburgers, etc..

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  7. gary,

    from a ‘quakes fan ,please!! take convey to philly….i’d even give him up for free w/ nothing in return….just get him the hell out of san jose!

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  8. It will be nice for Columbus to start their third consecutive MLS Cup campaign with an easy three points.
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    Like the easy three points they got this year?

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  9. “Last year, the Sounders played the MLS Cup runners up in the first game”

    note: MLS Cup runners-up sounds much better than calling them their actual name now in retrospect..

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  10. Ives- What is it about the New York stadium that will make it the best by a mile? What makes it different than any other new stadium?

    The only way the Sounders/Philly opener can match the opener last year is if we present the MLS Cup to the fans.

    Last year, the Sounders played the MLS Cup runners up in the first game. All I wanted was solid effort and good enthusiasm from the fans, maybe even a goal. (Expansion teams don’t usually start well) That first game blew my expectations out of the water. We could beat Philly 6-0 and it still wouldn’t compare.

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  11. I believe my original comment must have been sensored (surely not Ives?!)

    Anyways – Big fat BOOOOOO to MLS for giving TFC the armpit away as our season opener….again. Here’s hopingt he veto sticks and we all go to NE instead.

    I’d also like to see some U20 coverage, at least of the US side.

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  12. interesting that LA is not anyone’s home opener. perhaps its an indication that beckham and landon will not be around at the start of the season

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  13. It will be nice for Columbus to start their third consecutive MLS Cup campaign with an easy three points.

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    I wouldn’t count on that, but you know they are counting on thousands of Toronto fans coming down. It’s the only way to guarantee a full house for the home opener

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  14. Glad to see we get the first game again this year.

    I wonder if the football lines will be gone. For those that didn’t notice even though the Hawks have started neither game has had a hint of football lines on the field. So other than plastic grass I know that was a major concern for many out there.

    I haven’t heard if they are bringing grass in or not for the CUP.

    Tickets for the final went on sale earlier this week.

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  15. i think the league did right to have the fire and ny open their new stadium, at least in my biased fire opinion. i’m really looking forward to that match and seeing what the stadium looks like.

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  16. chicago may be going through a transition next year. who knows if the oldies like mcbride-blanco will be back. Rolf (the metro killer) will be gone etc…

    its going to be an interesting offseason for many teams

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  17. Philly/Seattle will be a fun season opener. Quest is a tough place to play, but Peter Novak will put together a solid, organized team.

    Posted by: JVC | September 24, 2009 at 02:14 PM

    It’ll be even more fun since the sounders will have 8 months to figure out how to remove that huge piece of plexiglass that they installed over the mouth of the visiting team’s goal.

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  18. brilliant marketing – Red Bull opens a new stadium and who do they schedule? one of the stronger teams. You’d think they would try to arrange things so that they played a team they have a chance of beating. Nothing like sending the home crowd into a funk by getting thrashed in the first game in your new house

    Hope it has grass. Too much crappy turf in this league already

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  19. oh the luck of the fire

    we get to play in a beautiful stadium for our first game

    plus the revenge of the second city will make it all the more beautiful

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  20. thanks–i’ve never been to a metrostars/red bull game at giants stadium but i’m planning on going to the arena next spring for sure.

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  21. I think Philly has made some good moves already, and have a good shot at being competitive.

    Philly/Seattle will be a fun season opener. Quest is a tough place to play, but Peter Novak will put together a solid, organized team.

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  22. is it a guarantee that the red bull arena will be ready for the opener? and anyone know what the ticket prices will be?

    Posted by: Murphy | September 24, 2009 at 02:05 PM

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    It’s easily going to be ready. Ticket prices have held steady from last year… and from what I’ve seen are among the cheapest in the league.

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  23. is it a guarantee that the red bull arena will be ready for the opener? and anyone know what the ticket prices will be?

    (SBI- Red Bull Arena will essentially be completed by November so the opener in 2010 isn’t really a question.)

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  24. Calm down guys, I was just having a laugh. I know Red Bull Arena will be the grandest stage in American soccer, and I very much look forward to seeing games on tv there, and if Atlanta had a team, I’d probably make a trek up. Sorry if my joke didn’t land.

    (SBI-It happens to all of us.)

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  25. First victim… Chicago!!!

    Posted by: dena | September 24, 2009 at 01:25 PM

    Ha,Ha!!!

    Fire house expands eastward. Next Stop, almost the Big Apple.

    Looking forward to making this trip and of course the match.

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  26. “No matter how nice Red Bull Arena is, it will still be nothing compared with Jerry World.”

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    That’s like saying your wife is nothing compared to Megan Fox. To that I say “DUH!” and “so what!”

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  27. No matter how nice Red Bull Arena is, it will still be nothing compared with Jerry World.

    (SBI-What’s the point if this comment again? One stadium cost a BILLION, the other cost a fifth of that. Red Bull Arena will be the best stadium in MLS by a mile when it opens.)

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  28. Here’s to hoping the Union try to put together a solid team from the start — not saying 2 ridiculous DPs from day1, but some really solid players that make a little bit of money will be nice. Like to see Convey come home and try to rebuild his career.

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