SEATTLE, WA- Seattle Sounders FC will open the 2015 MLS regular season on March 8 against the New England Revolution on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Major League Soccer announced today. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. PST, with the season-opening contest being broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). The complete 2015 MLS regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.
The 2015 season is the first of an eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks. All three partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week for the first time in league history. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings – primarily on UniMás. On Sundays, ESPN and FOX Sports networks will broadcast back-to-back MLS matches at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST, respectively.
Sounders FC is 4-2-0 all-time in MLS regular season openers, including a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in 2014. This also marks the fifth time in seven seasons that Seattle has opened on national television, as well as the sixth time they have faced an Eastern Conference opponent.
Additional information on times and broadcast details for these games and others is being 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 (Columbus 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