BY SPNW Staff 10:40AM 01/09/2013

Sounders Open MLS Play March 2 Vs. Montreal

The Sounders open March 2 against Montreal, the club’s earliest start to a season. Thirteen games will be televised nationally.

Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso made Major League Soccer’s Best XI in 2012. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The Sounders earliest MLS seasonal start begins March 2 against Montreal and includes    13 matches to be televised nationally on ESPN or NBC Sports Network. For the fifth year in a row, the Sounders begin at home.

Seattle, Houston and the L.A. Galaxy received byes from MLS on the second weekend of the season since the clubs are participating in the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League. The Sounders had a similar schedule last season.

The Sounders visit Mexico’s Tigres in the first leg of their Champions League series March 6 in Monterrey, Mexico. The second leg is March 12 at CenturyLink Field.

All three Cascadia Cup matches against the Portland Timbers will be nationally televised, and the Sounders will host four Cascadia Cup contests at CenturyLink Field. The first of eight matches on the NBC Sports Network is March 16 against the Timbers.

The unbalanced schedule Seattle facing fellow Western Conference opponents three times and Eastern Conference clubs once. The Sounders visit MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy twice with the lone home meeting in the regular season finale. Seattle will host D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, who qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs last season.

Fourteen of the 17 home matches will be played at night. Nine home dates are on Saturdays, five on Sundays, two on Wednesdays and one on Friday.

The Sounders make their first road trip to San Jose March 23. There are three consecutive road matches from April 20 to May 8. The team will travel just twice to the Eastern time zone (Philadelphia and Toronto), and three of five road matches against Eastern Conference opponents occur over a three-week span in August.

Aside from two home matches each against Portland and Vancouver, Seattle will host Chivas USA and FC Dallas twice. The San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake will join the Galaxy as the West teams who will visit CenturyLink Field once.

All Sounders FC MLS league matches not aired nationally will be carried in high definition on KING5 or KONG 6/16. All locally broadcast matches will also be aired either live outside of Seattle or on a delayed basis throughout the Northwest on ROOT Sports. Each match will also be aired live on the radio home of Sounders FC, News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM.

Seattle Sounders FC 2013 Schedule

Date Opponent Time TV W/L Score Rec.
3/2 vs. Montreal 7:00 KING/KONG
3/6 *at Tigres TBA NBCSN
3/12 *Tigres TBA NBCSN
3/16 ^Portland TBA NBCSN
3/23 ^at San Jose 7:30 KING/KONG
3/30 ^RSL 6:00 KING/KONG
4/7 ^Chivas 8:00 KING/KONG
4/13 ^N. England 1:00 KING/KONG
4/20 ^at Colorado 3:00 KING/KONG
5/4 ^at Phila. 4:30 KING/KONG
5/8 ^at KC 5:30 KING/KONG
5/11 ^San Jose 1:00 KING/KONG
5/18 ^FC Dallas 7:00 KING/KONG
5/26 ^at LA Galaxy 8:00 ESPN2
6/1 ^at Chivas 7:30 KING/KONG
6/8 ^Vancouver 1:00 KING/KONG
6/22 ^at RSL 6:30 KING/KONG
7/3 ^DC United 7:00 KING/KONG
7/6 ^at Vancouver 8:00 NBCSN
7/13 ^at San Jose 7:30 KING/KONG
7/20 ^Colorado 8:00 NBCSN
7/28 ^Chivas 6:00 KING/KONG
8/3 ^FC Dallas 7:00 KING/KONG
8/10 ^at Toronto TBA KING/KONG
8/17 ^at Houston 6:00 KING/KONG
8/25 ^Portland 7:00 ESPN2
8/31 ^at Columbus 4:30 KING/KONG
9/7 ^Chicago 7:00 NBCSN
9/13 ^RSL 7:00 NBCSN
9/21 ^at LA Galaxy 7:30 NBCSN
9/29 ^New York 6:00 ESPN
10/5 ^at Colorado 7:00 NBCSN
10/9 ^ Vancouver 7:00 KING/KONG
10/13 ^at Portland 6:00 ESPN
10/19 ^at FC Dallas 1:00 NBCSN
10/27 ^LA Galaxy 6:00 ESPN

*=CONCACAF; ^=Major League Soccer


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