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MLS Season To Kickoff March 6

timbers-mls-cupMajor League Soccer will kick off the 2016 season on Sunday March 6 with all 20 teams playing over a record ten matches, the North American league announced Tuesday.

The opening day line-up includes a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup final with the champion Portland Timbers hosting the Columbus Crew, the five-time champion Los Angeles Galaxy hosting four-time champion DC United and Montreal visiting Vancouver.

Other opening-day match-ups for the 21st MLS season find Toronto at New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake at Orlando City, New York City at Chicago, Philadelphia at Dallas, New England at Houston, Colorado at San Jose and Sporting Kansas City at Seattle.

It will be the first time since 2005 that all teams will play on the opening day of the season. Home openers for ten other teams were also announced, the latest of them being Toronto’s 7 May debut against Dallas due to stadium renovations, with a full schedule to be released on 7 January

2016 MLS Schedule
Sunday, March 6 – WEEK 1
1:30 pm ET – NY Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC (Red Bull Arena) – TSN
2 pm ET – Orlando vs. Real Salt Lake (Orlando Citrus Bowl)
2 pm ET – Chicago vs. NYCFC (Toyota Park)
3 pm ET – FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia (Toyota Stadium)
3 pm ET – Houston vs. New England (BBVA Compass Stadium)
3 pm ET – San Jose vs. Colorado (Avaya Stadium)
4:30 pm ET – Portland vs. Columbus (Providence Park) – ESPN / ESPN Deportes
5:30 pm ET – Vancouver vs. Montreal (BC Place) – TSN and RDS
7 pm ET – Seattle vs. Sporting KC (CenturyLink Field)– FS1 / FOX Deportes
10 pm ET – LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United (StubHub Center) – UniMas

Saturday, March 12 – WEEK 2
New England vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium)
Columbus vs. Philadelphia (MAPFRE Stadium)
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
Sporting KC vs. Vancouver (Children’s Mercy Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Montreal vs. NY Red Bulls (Olympic Stadium)

Sunday, March 13 – WEEK 2
NYCFC vs. Toronto FC (Yankee Stadium)
Saturday, March 19 – WEEK 3
D.C. United vs. Colorado (RFK Stadium)

Sunday, March 20 – WEEK 3
Philadelphia vs. New England (Talen Energy Stadium)

Saturday, May 7 – WEEK 12
Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas (BMO Field)