By RYAN TOLMICH
Orlando City and New York City FC are set to kick off their inaugural MLS campaigns with the added benefit of facing another team with no wealth of MLS experience: each other.
The two franchises will start their 2015 seasons against one another on March 8 at the Citrus Bowl for Orlando City’s first home MLS contest. For their part, NYC FC’s home opener will occur one week later when Yankee Stadium plays host to the reigning Eastern Conference champions, the New England Revolution.
The MLS season will officially kick off on March 6 with a matchup featuring the defending MLS Cup champions. The LA Galaxy begin their title defense at home against the Chicago Fire to start off the league’s new Friday night game of the week.
In addition, the San Jose Earthquakes will officially open Avaya Stadium on March 22 against the Chicago Fire, while TFC will wait until May 10 to reopen a renovated BMO Field.
Take a closer look at the released schedule below:
Friday, March 6
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (StubHub Center) – 10 p.m. ET, Unimas
Saturday, March 7
D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact (RFK Stadium) – 3 p.m. ET, RDS1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place) – 6 p.m. ET, TSN1 and RDS2
Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew SC (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids (PPL PARK)
Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake (Providence Park)
FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Toyota Stadium)
Sunday, March 8
Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando Citrus Bowl) – 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls (Sporting Park) – 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution (CenturyLink Field) – 9:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1
Saturday, March 14
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Toyota Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC (Columbus Crew Stadium)
Sunday, March 15
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution (Yankee Stadium)
Saturday, March 21
New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium)
Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
Sunday, March 22
New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (Avaya Stadium)
Saturday, March 28
Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC (Olympic Stadium)
Sunday, May 10
Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (BMO Field)
What do you think of the scheduled home openers? Which game are you most looking forward to?
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