RENTON, WASH. - The SeattleSounders FC 2014 regular season schedule was announced today by Major League Soccer, including 13 matches that have been selected to be televised nationally by ESPN or NBC.
March to Soccer Opening Match will be played in Seattle on March 8 as Sounders FC hosts the 2013 MLS Cup finalists Sporting Kansas City on NBC Sports Network, kicking off the league's 19th season. Three of the first four matches will be played at CenturyLink Field and the first four opponents are Eastern Conference teams.
Seattle's first Cascadia Cup match of the season is at Portland on April 5 and Sounders FC will play four of six derby matches on the road. The first home Cascadia Cup match is against the Timbers on July 13 and Seattle will host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on October 10. All three games against Portland will be nationally televised.
Two Sounders FC matches will be televised over-the-air on NBC when the team visits the New York Red Bulls on September 20 and hosts the LA Galaxy in the regular-season finale on October 25. Seattle will play Los Angeles in the final two games of the regular season.
Sounders FC will play the San Jose Earthquakes on August 2 in the first-ever event at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Seattle will face fellow Western Conference opponents three times and Eastern Conference clubs once. The Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes will each visit CenturyLink Field twice while Chivas USA, FC Dallas, Portland and Vancouver will play just once in Seattle.
Eleven of the 17 home matches will be played on Saturday. Seattle will also play two games each on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. MLS will take a two-week break from June 12 to June 24 for the group phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The first road trip of the season is to Montreal on March 22. Sounders FC has a three-game road trip from April 5 to April 19 and a four-game road trip from June 11 to July 5. There will be five-straight nationally televised matches from July 13 to August 16.
Sounders FC season ticket memberships start at just $414 per seat. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.SoundersFC.com or by phoning 1-877-MLS-GOAL.
2014 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC SCHEDULE
DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME (PT) NATIONAL TELEVISON
Sat. March 8 Sporting Kansas City 12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sat. March 15 Toronto FC 7:00 p.m.
Sat. March 22 at Montreal Impact 1:00 p.m.
Sat. March 29 Columbus Crew 7:00 p.m.
Sat. April 5 at Portland 12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sat. April 12 at FC Dallas 5:30 p.m.
Sat. April 19 at Chivas USA 7:30 p.m.
Sat. April 26 Colorado Rapids TBD
Sat. May 3 Philadelphia Union 7:00 p.m.
Wed. May 7 FC Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Sun. May 11 at New England Revolution 3:00 p.m.
Sat. May 17 San Jose Earthquakes 7:00 p.m.
Sat. May 24 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sat. May 31 Real Salt Lake TBD
Sat. June 7 at Chicago Fire 5:30 p.m.
Wed. June 11 at Chivas USA 8:00 p.m.
Sat. June 28 at DC United 4:00 p.m.
Sat. July 5 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sun. July 13 Portland Timbers 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
Sat. July 26 LA Galaxy 5:00 p.m. ESPN2
Sat. August 2 at San Jose Earthquakes TBD. NBC Sports Network
Sun. August 10 Houston Dynamo 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sat. August 16 at Real Salt Lake 11:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Wed. August 20 San Jose Earthquakes 7:00 p.m.
Sun. August 24 at Portland Timbers 2:00 p.m. ESPN2
Sat. August 30 Colorado Rapids TBD
Fri. September 12 Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sat. September 20 at New York Red Bulls 11:30 a.m. NBC
Wed. September 24 at FC Dallas 6:00 p.m.
Sat. September 27 Chivas USA TBD
Sun. October 5 at Colorado Rapids 12:00 p.m.
Fri. October 10 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun. October 19 at LA Galaxy 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat. October 25 LA Galaxy 12:00 p.m. NBC
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