RENTON, WASH. – Major League Soccer announced the complete 34-game schedule for Seattle Sounders FC today, with five matches selected to be televised nationally. Downloadable schedule is avaiable for fans below or by clicking here.
Both of Seattle’s Cascadia Cup matches against the expansion Portland Timbers will be broadcast nationally in high definition by ESPN, including the first meeting on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes on May 14 at 8 p.m. (PT) on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. That game is the first of three in a row at home. Sounders FC visits the Timbers on July 10 at 2 p.m. (PT) on ESPN.
In the other two Cascadia Cup matches, the Rave Green faces Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the first time on June 11 at home. The two teams meet again in Vancouver on September 24.
All Sounders FC MLS league matches not aired nationally will be carried live in high definition on KING-5 or KONG-6/16 with Arlo White calling the action. All locally broadcast matches will also be aired either live outside of Seattle or on a delayed basis throughout Washington on FSN/ROOT SPORTS™* (Comcast channels 627 & 30). Select Sounders FC Spanish language TV matches will be aired on KOMO2 TV, Comcast channel 114, a Univision sister station.
Each match will also be aired live on the radio home of Sounders FC, News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM. All Sounders FC Spanish language broadcasts will be aired on La Gran D 99.3 FM, except nationally aired broadcasts.
Sounders FC will play three of its first five games at home, beginning with the MLS 2011 First Kick on March 15 against the L.A. Galaxy on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (PT). The remaining ESPN2 matches are at home versus the New York Red Bulls on June 23 and on the road at Los Angeles on July 4.
Following the May 14 Portland game Seattle hosts Sporting Kansas City on May 21 and FC Dallas on May 25. Another three-game home stand begins on August 27 versus the Columbus Crew. Sounders FC plays Real Salt Lake on September 10 and D.C. United on September 17.
Five of the six trips to the Eastern Time Zone occur during the first half of the season, including back to back matches at D.C. United and Columbus on May 4 and May 7, respectively. Sounders FC visits the new Kansas City soccer stadium on August 6.
The final home game is on October 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes. The regular season concludes on October 22 at Chivas USA.
The team will later announce an additional friendly to be included in the season ticket package. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting www.SoundersFC.com or phoning 1-877-MLS-GOAL.
*FSN Northwest will become ROOT SPORTS™ in Spring 2011