December 18, 2012
Red Bulls kick off 18th season at Portland on March 3, host D.C. United on March 16
HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls will open their 18th Major League Soccer season at the Portland Timbers on March 3 before hosting D.C. United in their home opener on Saturday, March 16.
|Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls open the season at the Portland Timbers on March 3.
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MLS on Tuesday morning announced the home and season openers for all 19 teams.
Kickoff time and broadcast information for these matches will be announced in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2013 MLS regular season schedule.
The March 3 match in Portland is th earliest season opener in club history.
The Red Bulls will play their first home game of the 34-game schedule at Red Bull Arena on March 16.
In a rematch of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, the Red Bulls will take on United. The two teams are quite familiar with each other, with United most recently eliminating New York in this year's playoffs.
The Red Bulls are 11-3-3 in their 17 home openers, including a 6-0-3 record since 2004 (including 3-0-0 in three Red Bull Arena home openers). Last year, the Red Bulls defeated the Colorado Rapids, 4-1, on March 25 in its first match of the season at RBA. This will be the fourth time New York has hosted D.C. in its home opener. New York is 2-1-0 in the previous three matches, winning in 2000 and 2004 and losing in 1999.
The Red Bulls defeated the Timbers, 3-2, on Aug. 19 at RBA in the teams’ only meeting last year.
Here are dates and games for the 2013 MLS regular season home openers are below (home teams are listed first).
Saturday, March 2
Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (PPL Park)
FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (FC Dallas Stadium)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact (CenturyLink Field)
Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew (The Home Depot Center)
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (The Home Depot Center)
Portland Timbers vs. Red Bulls (JELD-WEN Field)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake (Buck Shaw Stadium)
Saturday, March 9
Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (Rogers Centre)
D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake (RFK Stadium)
Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park)
Saturday, March 16
Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (LiveStrong Sporting Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Olympic Stadium)
Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Crew Stadium)
Saturday, March 23
New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium)