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Sounders open home against Galaxy

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm with 7 Comments »
December 21, 2010 8:35 am

For the third straight season, the first kick of the Major League Soccer season will take place at Qwest Field, this time with Los Angeles Galaxy.

One other Sounders match was announced: March 19 at New York, in the Red Bulls’ home opener.

Here’s the release from the club, including this from coach Sigi Schmid: “Our team looks forward to playing the two division champions, Los Angeles and New York, in our first two games. It’s a difficult task but we relish the opportunity.”:

For an unprecedented third year in a row the Major League Soccer season will start in Seattle as the League announced today that Sounders FC will meet the L.A. Galaxy in First Kick 2011. The March 15 match on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field will be nationally televised by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT. MLS First Kick 2011 is presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Sounders FC will be starting its campaign against the team which eliminated the Rave Green from the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Galaxy, holders of the 2010 Supporters’ Shield, won the Western Conference with the best record in MLS.

“We are honored to host the first match of the MLS season for the third year in a row,” said Sounders FC owner Joe Roth. “It is a true tribute to the Sounders FC fans who have created a passionate and exciting atmosphere unlike any in the league.”

Last season Sounders FC set a new League attendance record, averaging 36,173. Seattle has attracted 32 consecutive capacity crowds in MLS play.

Seattle is perfect on opening night. In its inaugural match in 2009 Sounders FC defeated the New York Red Bulls, 3-0. In First Kick 2010, it beat Philadelphia Union, 2-0.

The other 16 MLS teams begin play on March 19 and March 20. It was also announced that the New York Red Bulls will host Seattle in their home opener on March 19 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. First kick is 4:30 p.m. PT.

“Our team looks forward to playing the two division champions, Los Angeles and New York, in our first two games,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. “It’s a difficult task but we relish the opportunity.”

MLS First Kick 2011 will also be carried by ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com. The complete MLS schedule will be released by early February 2011. Each of the 18 teams will play 34 games, facing each team home and away. Ten teams will qualify for the playoffs.

Sounders FC is currently accepting deposits for 2011 season tickets. To join, please visit SoundersFC.com or call 877-MLS-GOAL. Seattle’s schedule will include matches with MLS newcomers Portland and Vancouver, plus an international friendly against a soon-to-be-announced opponent. Seattle had 32,000 season ticket holders in 2010.

And here’s the release from the league:

Major League Soccer’s 16th season will kick off on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 when Seattle Sounders FC host the LA Galaxy live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3.com at 9:30 p.m. ET. MLS First Kick 2011 is presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Merely 128 days after the Galaxy eliminated Seattle from the MLS Cup Playoffs, Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and the rest of Sounders FC hope to deliver a cathartic win to another sellout crowd at Qwest Field. But LA’s star-studded roster – led by Landon Donovan and David Beckham – aims to start off right as it defends its 2010 Supporters’ Shield and looks to advance to a record seventh MLS Cup final.

All 18 clubs will take the field during the opening week as they embark on a 34-game, balanced regular season in which every club will face each other twice – once at home, once on the road.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC begin their first MLS season against Canadian rivals Toronto FC on March 19 in one of the marquee matches of the opening weekend.

By the end of Week 2 of the 2011 season, 16 clubs will have played in front of their home fans. The Portland Timbers begin their inaugural MLS campaign at the MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids on March 19, and celebrate the opening of the fully-renovated PGE Park on April 14 against the Chicago Fire. Sporting Kansas City begin their landmark season on the road while the finishing touches are made to KC Soccer Stadium, a stunning new venue that will stage its first MLS match on June 9, also against the Fire.

The schedule for the 18 home openers is below. The entire 2011 MLS regular season will be released by early February. Although MLS will schedule games on FIFA friendly dates, no games will be scheduled on FIFA World Cup Qualifying dates.

Home club listed first, in bold; All times Eastern

Schedule subject to change:

Tuesday, March 15

Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, March 19

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC, time TBD

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m.

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 9 p.m.

Chivas USA vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10:30 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City, 4 p.m.

Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m.

Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 4 p.m.

Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers, time TBD

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, time TBD

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire, 11 p.m.

Thursday, June 9

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire, time TBD

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. I thought for sure it’d be a Cascadia Derby. It’s cool we get an early rematch with the Gals at home though.

  2. EverydayFan says:

    Love it … I wish we could play them every week … Stars, swagger, soccer

  3. Ah, “third straight”, I think.

  4. BTW, Welcome back DR. Your replacement did a good job of posting news so we didn’t have to resort to the enemy to the north (Seattle Times = Evil)

    Enjoy your holiday everyone… Sigi says reporting on Jan 10… Soccer is coming soon.

    And they finally missed the big college hoops day which is good for DR because the DAWGS are going deep this year.

  5. Don Ruiz says:

    Thanks, CT. I returned. Brain took extra day off.

  6. elmocatt says:

    Great that the Sounders again open the MLS season – was surprised by this – figured it would probably be a PDX v. Redbull (or LAX) match to open things – since we started things off in 2009 and 2010. With a followup match v. Red Bulls, should be a good early test for the sounders.

    Not surprised that Van opens with a canadian derby – as that was an easy call for the league. Also, good move by MLS to move opening kickoff to a tuesday (March 15) that way it avoids the opening thursday night of march madness.

  7. exSlacker says:

    Tough way to start the season with LA at home on a Tuesday and then fly all the way across the country to play NYRB on a Saturday. Both #1’s in 5 days with big travel in the middle. We’re up to the task…just gotta hit the ground running!!

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