Seattle Sounders FC will begin its Major League Soccer season at home for the sixth consecutive year, this time March 8 at CenturyLink Field against MLS Cup finalist Sporting Kansas City.
The match also will mark the first kick of the 2014 MLS season.
Each team’s 34-game schedule announced Monday uses the same format as the past two seasons. Western Conference teams will play three games against every team in their own conference and one game against each member of the Eastern Conference.
Home and road sites reverse from the previous season, which means the Sounders will play four of their six Cascadia Cup matches on the road.
The Portland Timbers will visit Seattle on July 13, while the Sounders will visit Jeld-Wen Field in Portland on April 5 and Aug. 24.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will visit Oct. 10, while the Sounders will go to BC Place on May 24 and July 5.
Eleven Sounders home games will be played on Saturdays, with two each on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Thirteen Sounders matches are scheduled for national telecast on either the ESPN or NBC networks. The Sept. 2 match at New York and the Oct. 25 regular-season finale against Los Angeles will be shown on NBC.
As previously announced, the Sounders’ Aug. 2 match at San Jose will mark the opening of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
MLS will take a two-week break from June 12-24 during the group phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The current MLS season will conclude Dec. 7, when Real Salt Lake visits Kansas City in the MLS Cup final.
Dillon Powers was named MLS rookie of the year Monday after recording five goals and six assists for the Colorado Rapids. Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin was third in the voting. Portland’s Darlington Nagbe received the individual fair play award, while the team award went to the Los Angeles Galaxy. … The Sounders made no selections in the MLS Waiver Draft on Monday. The club made midfielder Philip Lund available, and, though he was not selected, he is free to sign elsewhere.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2014 MLS SCHEDULE
DAYDATE OPPONENTTIME (Pacific)
Sat.March 8Sporting Kansas City Noon
Sat.March 15Toronto FC7 p.m.
Sat.March 22at Montreal Impact1 p.m.
Sat.March 29Columbus Crew7 p.m.Sat.April 5 at PortlandNoon
Sat.April 12at FC Dallas5:30 p.m.
Sat.April 19at Chivas USA7:30 p.m.
Sat.April 26Colorado RapidsTBD
Sat.May 3 Philadelphia Union 7 p.m.
Wed. May 7 FC Dallas7 p.m.
Sun. May 11at New England Revolution 3 p.m.
Sat.May 17San Jose Earthquakes 7 p.m.
Sat.May 24at Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sat.May 31Real Salt Lake TBD
Sat.June 7 at Chicago Fire5:30 p.m.
Wed. June 11 at Chivas USA 8 p.m.
Sat.June 28 at DC United 4 p.m.
Sat.July 5 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sun. July 13Portland Timbers 7 p.m.
Sat.July 26LA Galaxy 5 p.m.
Sat.Aug. 2 at San Jose EarthquakesTBD
Sun. Aug. 10 Houston Dynamo 7:30 p.m.
Sat.Aug. 16 at Real Salt Lake 11:30 a.m.
Wed. Aug. 20 San Jose Earthquakes 7 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 24 at Portland Timbers2 p.m.
Sat.Aug. 30 Colorado Rapids TBD
Fri. Sept. 12 Real Salt Lake7:30 p.m.
Sat.Sept. 20 at New York Red Bulls 11:30 a.m.
Wed. Sept. 24 at FC Dallas 6 p.m.
Sat.Sept. 27 Chivas USA TBD
Sun. Oct. 5 at Colorado RapidsNoon
Fri.Oct. 10 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 19 at LA Galaxy 5:30 p.m.
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