RENTON, Wash.– Seattle Sounders FC will kick off its fourth season in Major League Soccer on Saturday, March 10, 2012 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Time, opponent, and national broadcast information for the home opener will be included in the entire regular season schedule, which will be announced upon its completion in the coming weeks.
To purchase 2012 season tickets, including seating in the Hawk’s Nest, please contact the Sounders FC Ticket Office at 877-MLS-GOAL (877-657-4625).
Sounders FC will open the MLS season at home for the fourth consecutive year. Seattle hosted the league’s first match of the previous three seasons, and the 2012 opener will be the club’s earliest in MLS and the first time the Rave Green will open on a weekend.
Prior to the MLS opener, Seattle will host Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on March 7 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The second leg will be played on March 14 in Torreon, Mexico.
There will be five other matches on March 10 as MLS kicks off its 17th season. First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods will continue with two games on Sunday, March 11 and one on Monday, March 12.
All but one MLS club will play in front of their home fans by the end of Week 3 of the 2012 regular season. The Houston Dynamo look forward to their May 12 debut in a sparkling new downtown stadium built specifically for soccer. The Montreal Impact’s first home game in MLS will be played at Olympic Stadium on March 17. The newly-renovated Stade Saputo is scheduled to open in June.
Each club will play 34 games in the 2012 MLS Regular Season; CLICK HERE for details on the format.
The dates of the 2012 home openers for all 19 MLS clubs are below.
Saturday, March 10: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sunday, March 11: Chivas USA, FC Dallas
Monday, March 12: Portland Timbers
Saturday, March 17: Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact, Real Salt Lake
Sunday, March 18: Philadelphia Union
Saturday, March 24: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC
Sunday, March 25: New York Red Bulls
Saturday, May 12: Houston Dynamo (new stadium opener)