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2012 MLS Schedule Released, Galaxy Open with Real Salt Lake: Fan’s Take
MLS finally got around to releasing their 2012 schedule on Jan. 5 (323 regular season matches). Every MLS club will play 34 regular season matches.
The season's opening event, MLS First Kick 2012, is scheduled for March 10. There are five matches scheduled for that date, including one involving the 2011 MLS Cup champion, our Los Angeles Galaxy.
Here's the complete MLS First Kick Schedule (all times Eastern):
Montreal Impact at Vancouver Whitecaps, 6 p.m., BC Place
Sporting Kansas City at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium
Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m., Home Depot Center
Our side will be busy right from the start. L.A. has CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal legs against Toronto FC sandwiched around the first match of the MLS season on March 7 and March 14. After the first match against Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy will be off from MLS matches until March 18 when they host D.C. United.
The Galaxy will be seen plenty this year as 20 of their 34 regular season matches will be broadcast nationally on ABC/ESPN, NBC Sports and Galavision/TeleFutura. ESPN/ESPN Deportes will show eight of our side's matches this season: Chivas USA (May 19, Aug. 12), Sporting Kansas City (April 7), New York Red Bulls (May 5), San Jose Earthquakes (June 30), Chicago Fire (July 8), and Seattle Sounders (Aug. 5, Oct. 28).
NBC will show the following Galaxy matches: Houston Dynamo (May 26), New England Revolution (March 31), FC Dallas (July 28 and Aug. 26), Portland Timbers (July 14), Columbus Crew (Aug. 15) and Colorado Rapids (Sept. 30).
Galavision/TeleFutura will broadcast the Galaxy vs.: D. C. United (March 18), Chivas USA (July 21), Colorado Rapids (Sept. 16), Toronto FC (Sept. 22) and San Jose Earthquakes (Oct. 21).
To see the full Galaxy schedule and game times, click here.
I can't wait for the season to begin so I can watch the Galaxy defend their MLS Cup title against Real Salt Lake. Now, let's re-sign David Beckham already.
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