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MLS's 2010 Openers

From what I have been able to piece together, the 2010 MLS season will begin Thu., March 25 with the Seattle Sounders hosting Philadelphia Union at Qwest Field. Makes sense: The league's best setting and biggest fan base welcoming the newest club on national TV.

I am also hearing that.....

.....the New York Red Bulls will play their first two matches on the road before formally opening their new stadium in Harrison, N.J., the third week against the Colorado Rapids.

.....D.C. United will open at FC Dallas, host the New England Revolution and then play at Philadelphia -- the Union's home opener, probably at Lincoln Financial Field.

Words of caution: The schedule of home openers has undergone changes in recent weeks and could be tweaked again before the official announcement, which is tentatively set for this week, Insider sources said.

By Steve Goff  |  September 19, 2009; 3:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

First?

Posted by: DadRyan | September 19, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The New York Red Bulls will play their first two matches on the road before debuting their new stadium...
Steve - I know what you mean, but as an old copy editor have to wonder if this is the English language? Debuting?
Freddie B.

Posted by: kaynfred53 | September 19, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Barca 4 - Atl. Madrid 1 @ Halftime. Beautiful football from the home side.

Posted by: redskinsux | September 19, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Seattle fans booing Jaqua's yellow card are a joke. Might as well be watching the Seahawks. Brainless cattle.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Somebody get Evans some flippers and a snorkel...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 19, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

187 days until . . . . United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | September 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping to go United's match at Philly's SSS next season - this is a bummer.

Posted by: hoyanick1 | September 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"debuting"?

irregardless!

;-)

Posted by: troy6 | September 19, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"debuting" is fine, but to avoid further nitpicking, I have changed it.


Posted by: Steve Goff | September 19, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Debuting is perfectly fine word, but the copy editor might have a point about its usage. A team or player can debut, even a stadium can debut (or have its debut) -- but, I am not sure a team can debut a stadium. Something to ponder...

Makes sense with the Bulls. You want a good debut for the stadium. The weather is likely to be better in mid-April in northern NJ, the grass stronger and the ground in better shape for a game.

@Hoyanick -- Maybe this is the best of 2 worlds. You get to go a big game with a big crowd at the Linc, for the very first home game in Philly, to see United play...before the now annual late season swoon sets in. And, if you want, you can always go back up to Philly for another game -- perhaps even to see the new SSS debut.

;-)

Posted by: fischy | September 19, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Seattle the best? LOL as my cat would say. 30,000 zombies there in the second half today. Dead atmosphere as their team wasted a great chance for three points. Talk to us about the best in a few years when they have 11,500 in that stadium; when the bright, shiny, thing no longer sparkles.

Posted by: Boogie_Knight | September 19, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

For me, the bummer would be if the Red Bulls home opener conflicts with the home opener for the Union. I would like to go to both games. It would be a cool road trip if i is possible to to squeeze in both games.

Posted by: fischy | September 19, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

For the editors: It would be a cool road trip if it is possible to squeeze in both games.

Posted by: fischy | September 19, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"Debuting" as a transitive verb is perfectly acceptable, and the sentence was livelier with it than as revised. Goff, you must not cave to the blog pressure! Put "irregardless" behind you!

Posted by: dccal | September 19, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha. You said de but.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 19, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Anyone got a feed for the LA/TFC match?

Posted by: DadRyan | September 19, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Pretty decent results from idle DC's perspective so far in MLS this weekend. Toronto at LA still pending with the Galaxy leading 1-0 in the 2nd half. I'd like to see a tie in that although Chest thought an LA win would benefit DC's playoff hopes more.

The grammar police are out in force on weekend nights.

How come no one has posted the likely starting lineups for next season's openers yet?!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 20, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Ha! LA looking to be putting Toronto to bed.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 20, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Sweet - with a Columbus win Sunday, DCU will have had a nearly perfect weekend, with playoff rivals taking three of a possible total of 18 points.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 20, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Woops, that's four out of 15 possible points (two bubble teams, CHV and SEA, tied each other). Still pretty good.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 20, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I'll be at the Linc - definitely. Will look forward to it. Hopefully we'll be able to sing on a new look United team to a win that day.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 20, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Seattle sure has a funny way about making 32,719 people sound like about 8,000. I watched the second half and that stadium was quiet except for a couple goal scoring opportunities. Sounders fans still have a lot to learn.

Posted by: DCUMD | September 20, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

If you want to hear 76k sound like even more, turn on the United-City match. I'm no Manchester United fan, but I give their fans credit for volume (City as well)

Posted by: Kev29 | September 20, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

anyone watching manchester derby on the net free? please provide a site. I can't seem to find one that works. frustrated.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | September 20, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Looks like we missed a classic.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

re: ManU/ManCity -- weird how stoppage time grew to plus 6 minutes when ManU needed a goal to get 3 points. Hadn't seen anything in the half to indicate that amount of added time other than Sir Alex talking to the 4th official. Absolute power corrupts absolutely?

Posted by: NotOffisde | September 20, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

It's called a minimum of added time, not a maximum. Also, Bellamy's celebrations lasted a while as well as a sub by United.

City were decent today and Given did not deserve to lose but United were better today. Giggs still plays like one of the best players in the world.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Yeah -- the maximum is however long it takes for ManU to get another goal -- no more and no less.

Posted by: NotOffisde | September 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Ashley Cole scores a most undefender-like goal on a diving header at the far post from Drogba's cross.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 20, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Looks like we missed a classic."

Absolutely. I woke up early to watch the game only to realize the game wasn't on Gol or FSC. I attempted internet feeds but lagged entirely too much and gave up.

These are the games that need to be presented to the American audience.

Posted by: redskinsux | September 20, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that huge audience at 9 am EST on a Sunday :)

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

A minimum of 8 minutes added to the Chelsea-Tottenham match. Obviously, the hand of Ferguson is present.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 20, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

CRonaldo goal in the 48th second against Xerez

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Sports overload. NFL on tv. Following 2 fantasy teams. RM-Xerez on 360.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice goals by Barca...Messi looking sublime, and Dani Alves from way downtown.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

CRonaldo goal in the 48th second against Xerez

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 20, 2009 1:02 PM

I copy that.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Keeper got beat near-post on that, but made up for it later...

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Continuing a discussion from a previous thread, where I posed the question as to why the league has an expansion draft. I got this answer (thanks) from B_A:

"Ron16,

The concept behind the expansion draft is to allow new clubs an opportunity to (consistently, over the course of the expansion) acquire rotation-level talent familiar with MLS.

In addition, the expansion draft allows new clubs to stock a base of quality domestic players with lessened risk.

Posted by: B_A_ | September 18, 2009 1:11 PM |"

Thanks. I figured the reasons were something along these lines. But they don't seem to actually work in the interests of either the league or the expansion team. In the case of the expansion team, with the exception of Seattle and Chicago history has shown that expansion teams, even with an expansion draft are DOORMATS for years. That is, until they --drumroll please-- search the highways and hedges OUTSIDE the league and get the quality players they really need to be competive.

In terms of the league, expansion drafts seem bad to me because teams lose players who fit in reasonably well with their system, but as often as not do not fit in well with the expansion teams' systems. This means that teams that lose players in an expansion draft have to, in turn
--drumroll again please-- search the highways and hedges outside the league to replace the players they lost.

So why not let expansion teams just build their teams from scratch? These teams have scouts and coaches who know what they want and know how to evaluate talent. Let them build their teams the same way the original teams built theirs prior to '96. That seems to have worked out OK.

Posted by: Ron16 | September 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

MLS 2? is this real news or just trick..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 20, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

just a trick*

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Xerez showing some real toughness and get a good chance to score...

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Every sport has expansion drafts. I'm not sure why you are so hung up on it.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Y'ar! The Pirate is coming in.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, nice stab by Marcelo, but Xerez couldn't cross it well. They are playing much better than I expected.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

CR on a corner to make it 2-0

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

What a rocket from Guti! After a whiffffffff from Benzema and some watching from Xerez.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Benzema for 4th.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Ruud with goal #5 for Madrid. Wow.
I must say that I like that font for the names on numbers on the Xerez shirts.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell if this is a new Madrid with Ronaldo and Benzema or an old one with Guti and Ruud. Not that I care, they won, I'm happy. Now, come on Falcons!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 20, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Xerez was better that 5-0...ah, the classic scoreline of 5-0 in Spain.

TGonz is huge for the Falcons.

Posted by: Reignking | September 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

So why not let expansion teams just build their teams from scratch? These teams have scouts and coaches who know what they want and know how to evaluate talent. Let them build their teams the same way the original teams built theirs prior to '96. That seems to have worked out OK.

Posted by: Ron16 | September 20, 2009 2:03 PM

----------------------------------------------------

As I have learned this year, most MLS teams do not have scouts. So much for that argument.

Drogba had one helluva game -- in the span of a few minutes he set up Ballack for a goal and scored an amazing goal of his own. Unfortunately, he had to be carried off, later on. If anyone ges an injury report please post....

Posted by: fischy | September 20, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

since when is Robbie Rogers known as "Wonderboy"? These Telefutura announcers can be pretty annoying with their nicknaming.

Posted by: fedssocr | September 20, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to all of the D.C. United fans, watching on TV, who thought it was quiet at Qwest yesterday. Try undoing your mute setting on your television.

If you'd really wanted to hear noise, though, you should have tuned in Husky Stadium- GO DAWGS!

It is not our fault that the bloom is off the rose in D.C.- but trying to rain on our parade doesn't help you one whit.

We'll be glad, and consider it an honor, to welcome the Union into the league. Better they start against an opponent with style. Kasey Keller won't let his cleats get anywhere near one of their players.

By the way, Sounders fans really enjoyed watching a class act in the opposing goal yesterday. We'll take a game against Zach Thornton, over any appearance of the Stomper, anytime, any place. By the way, did Josh ever get any discipline, other than being nutmegged and schooled by the Sounders?

Posted by: captainwierd | September 20, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell if this is a new Madrid with Ronaldo and Benzema or an old one with Guti and Ruud.
Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish
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Good point.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 20, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think it odd that the red bulls are going to debut a new stadium with a western conference team with absolutely no sex appeal? Do they want to always be failures?

Posted by: regularfan | September 21, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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