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.
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
vs. Sporting Kansas City,
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.