- UniMás to broadcast season opener as MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy welcome Chicago Fire on Friday, March 6
- ESPN2 and FOX Sports 1 feature triple-header on Sunday, March 8
- TSN to carry Canadian rivalry match – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC; RDS to broadcast Montreal Impact first game against D.C. United on Saturday, March 7
NEW YORK (Friday, Dec. 19, 2014) – Today Major League Soccer and its broadcast partners announced the lineup of home openers for the League’s 20th season, as well as the schedule of games available nationally across the U.S. and Canada on opening week. The 2015 season is the first of eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks.
The season opener will see the record five-time MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy host the Chicago Fire on Friday, March 6, live on UniMás at 10:00 p.m. ET.
ESPN will kick off the first Sunday of the 2015 season with the highly-anticipated, first-time meeting of MLS’ two new expansion clubs as Brazilian star Kaká and Orlando City SC will welcome David Villa and New York City FC at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
FOX Sports, the League’s newest broadcast partner, will start their MLS coverage with a blockbuster double-header on Sunday. First up, 2013 MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City will look for a bit of payback as New York Red Bulls, led by 2014 Budweiser Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips, visit Sporting Park (FOX Sports 1, 7:00 p.m. ET). To cap off the weekend, Clint Dempsey and Seattle Sounders FC, winners of the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, will host American international Jermaine Jones and MLS Cup runners-up New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field (FOX Sports 1, 9:30 p.m. ET).
On Saturday, March 7, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will all play their respective home openers. Canadian broadcast partners, TSN and RDS, will carry rivalry match Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (TSN1 and RDS2, 6:00 p.m. ET) and Montreal’s visit to RFK Stadium when the Impact take on D.C. United (RDS1, 3:00 p.m. ET).
MLS will welcome the 15th soccer-specific stadium in League history when the San Jose Earthquakes inaugurate their new home, Avaya Stadium, on Sunday, March 22 against the Chicago Fire.
Additional information on times and broadcast details for these games and others will be revealed in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2015 regular season schedule announcement.
Dates and matchups for the 2015 home openers are below (home teams listed first).
All matches subject to change
Friday, March 6
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (StubHub Center)
Saturday, March 7
D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact (RFK Stadium)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)
Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew SC (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids (PPL Park)
Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake (Providence Park)
FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Toyota Stadium)
Sunday, March 8
Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando Citrus Bowl)
Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls (Sporting Park)
Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution (CenturyLink Field)
Saturday, March 14
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Toyota Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC (Crew Stadium)
Sunday, March 15
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution (Yankee Stadium)
Saturday, March 21
New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium)
Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
Sunday, March 22
New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (Avaya Stadium)
Saturday, March 28
Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC (Olympic Stadium)
Sunday, May 10
Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (BMO Field)
*Home opener to follow BMO Field renovations