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MLS Releases Opening Weekend Schedule and Club Home Openers

Peter Galindo@@GalindoPWFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2014

Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Keane, center, of Ireland, coach Bruce Arena and teammates celebrate after winning the MLS Cup championship soccer match against the New England Revolution Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Major League Soccer revealed the schedule for the first weekend of the 2015 regular season, including every club's home opener.

The 2015 season opens with the MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy facing the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center on Friday, March 6.

Other marquee matches include the Houston Dynamo taking on the Columbus Crew in Owen Coyle's first game as Dynamo head coach at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, March 7.

An all-Canadian matchup between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC will also be played on that Saturday at BC Place.

Jonathan Tannenwald @thegoalkeeper

.@torontofc’s 2015 home opener is set for 5 p.m. ET on Sunday May 10. TSN has it and I bet ESPN2 does too.

The Portland Timbers begin their season against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park in the third of six matches on March 7.

Orlando City SC begins life in MLS against their expansion cousins New York City FC at the Citrus Bowl in the first of three matches on Sunday, March 8. Even the official MLS Instagram account is jacked up for this contest.

@MLS on Instagram
Orlando City SC @OrlandoCitySC

Year 1. Match 1. We’ll be AT HOME, taking on NYCFC. We’ll be ready. Will you? #FillTheBowl http://t.co/SrbyrbH9L6 http://t.co/girg3f4FLe

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Sporting Kansas City battle the New York Red Bulls at home, and the Seattle Sounders face MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field in the other matches that day.

NYC FC play their first home match on Sunday, March 15, against the Revolution at Yankee Stadium.

TFC won't play at BMO Field until May 10, due to the stadium renovations. The Dynamo will be the first visitors to step foot inside the revamped venue. 

Six games will be on national networks, including ESPN, FOX and UniMas in the first of an eight-year television deal, per the MLS official website.

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