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Major League Soccer releases 2014 schedule, Sporting KC vs. Seattle to kick things off live on NBCSN

Nov 25, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

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On Monday Major League Soccer announced the schedule for the 2014 season as fans across MLS start to plan for this season.

In the lead up to the 2013 MLS Cup between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park, MLS revealed their entire schedule for the 2014 season — the last year in which 19 teams will compete for MLS Cup as NYC FC and Orlando City will join in 2015 — and some mouth-watering match ups are already sticking out.

The league’s 19th regular season will begin on March 8 from CenturyLink field as SKC travel to the Seattle Sounders, 3pm ET, live on NBCSN.

To see the entire 2014 MLS schedule, click here.

NBC Sports Network will now have a dedicated Friday night slot from June 27 through October 24 and in the third year of the network’s coverage MLS fans will have even more to look forward to. In total NBC Sports will show 38 regular season games on NBCSN and three on NBC. Plus the hugely popular MLS Breakaway will also return on NBCSN on August 2 and September 20.

As widely expected MLS will take a two-week break during the group phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, just like it did back in 2010 when the World Cup was in South Africa. The last MLS matches before the break are on June 11, one day before the start of the World Cup.

Some intriguing rivalry matches adorn the must see matches, here are a quick list of 10 you shouldn’t miss:

  • LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake, Sat., March 8
  • Vancouver Whitecaps vs. New York Red Bulls, Sat., March 8
  • Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact, Sat., March 15
  • Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake, Sat., April 5
  • Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers, Sat., April 19
  • Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy, Sun., June 1
  • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire, Weds., July 23
  • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders, Sat., August 2
  • Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy, Sat., August 16
  • New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, Sun., October 19

A here’s a snippet of history for you here too, as MLS’s very own Dan Courtemanche reveals this fixture release is indeed the earliest in league history. Thanks, Dan.

From MLS’ release, this is just some of the MLS action you can look forward to exclusively in 2014 live on NBC Sports Network:

In the third season of its partnership, NBC Sports Group will open its coverage of the MLS season with six back-to-back Saturday afternoon matches, aligning with NBC Sports Group’s Barclays Premier League coverage. The broadcast package will feature MLS matches on Friday night slots on NBCSN from June 27 through October 24. All told, NBC Sports Group will broadcast 38 regular season games, plus three on NBC. Some of the highlights include two Fourth of July matches, LA vs. Portland and Houston vs. New York Red Bulls, and the California Clasico between San Jose and LA on June 28 at Stanford Stadium, all on NBCSN.

  1. tylerbetts - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    The good thing here is, obviously, how early the schedule is available. Avoids feeling too minor league or amateur as we wait for a schedule to be released for far too long. So, that’s good.

    The Friday Dedicated time slot stating in June is a good thing, too. Would like to see that expand to a season-long thing, and grow to include a standing Saturday slot, too. But, baby steps. Let’s not let great get in the way of better.

    The International Break for the World Cup is just a joke. An absolute joke. Playing the day before is a way to say “we’re not playing DURING the group stages”, and it’s a joke. Anyone called in (Gonzales, Donovan, Dempsey, Zusi, Beasler) will be gone long before the break for the World Cup starts. And, anyone on a team that advances out of the group stages (hopefully that group mentioned before) will miss additional games. It’s a travesty that the best players in MLS will not be playing with their teams because they are playing in the World Cup. A shame. A true shame. I realize there’s not a GREAT solution, but there were better solutions. Start the season a little earlier. Play more midweek games.

    Also, Joe, how did you pick those ten games as your 10 to not miss? I’m a Columbus fan, and I haven’t circled the LA Galaxy game or the RBNY game yet. It’s not like we can circle Galaxy-Columbus as a date David Beckham will miss any longer. Why are they so hot on your radar? That whole list seems so … random.

    • Jackson Scofield - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      More midweek games = lower attendance = bad

  2. Jackson Scofield - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Earthquakes attendance will get a huge boost this year. Not only do they have a home game at Stanford, they have another Levi’s Stadium, opening up the stadium ahead of the 49ers 2014 campaign.

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