Dynamo open 2011 against Philadelphia

Houston looks to stay unbeaten in home openers

The
Houston Dynamo will open the 2011 Major League Soccer season on Saturday, March
19, hosting the Philadelphia Union at Robertson Stadium at 7:30 p.m., MLS
announced today. The full league schedule will be announced by early February.

*Purchase the Dynamo holiday pack which includes two tickets to opening day!* 

Tickets
are available as part of Dynamo season ticket packages, currently frozen at
2010 prices through December 31. Fans can also purchase a Dynamo Holiday Pack,
which includes two tickets to Opening Day and two limited-edition Dynamo
holiday scarves for $49.95. Ticket information is available at
HoustonDynamo.com/tickets or by calling (713) 276-7500. 

The
Dynamo are 2-0-1 all-time when opening the MLS season at home and are 3-0-2
all-time in home openers, including a 2-1 win last year against defending MLS
Cup champion Real Salt Lake. Houston went 0-1-1
against Philadelphia
last year. This year’s opening match will be the earliest regular season opener
in team history, surpassing the March 21, 2009 match. 

All 18 MLS clubs will take the field during the opening
First Kick week as they embark on a 34-game, balanced regular season in which
every club will face each other twice – once at home, once on the road. 

By the end of Week 2 of the 2011 season, 16 clubs will have
played in front of their home fans. The schedule for the 18 home openers is
below. The entire 2011 MLS regular season will be released by early February.
Although MLS will schedule games on FIFA friendly dates, no games will be
scheduled on FIFA World Cup Qualifying dates. 

Home club listed first, in bold; All times Central

Schedule subject to change:

Tuesday, March 15

Seattle
Sounders FC
vs. LA Galaxy, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, March 19

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC, time TBD
D.C. United vs. Columbus
Crew, 6:30 p.m.
New York Red
Bulls
vs. Seattle
Sounders FC, 6:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo
vs. Philadelphia Union,
7:30 p.m.
FC Dallas vs. Chicago
Fire, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids
vs. Portland
Timbers, 8 p.m.
Chivas USA
vs. Sporting Kansas City,
9:30 p.m.
San Jose
Earthquakes
vs. Real
Salt Lake,
9:30 p.m. 

Sunday, March 20

LA Galaxy vs. New England
Revolution, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

Chicago Fire
vs. Sporting Kansas City,
3 p.m.
Columbus Crew
vs. New York
Red Bulls, 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Union
vs. Vancouver
Whitecaps FC, 3 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers, time TBD
New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, time TBD
Real
Salt Lake

vs. LA Galaxy, 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Portland Timbers
vs. Chicago
Fire, 10 p.m.

Thursday, June 9

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire, time TBD

The Houston Dynamo are a
Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first
five seasons and represented the United States in international competition
four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on to
www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.