Major League Soccer released its full schedule for the 2013 schedule today. We had known the dates of each team’s home opener, but the full schedule was disclosed today. The newest wrinkle is rivalry week that puts regional rivals together. This will take place in week three of the 35 week schedule. This rivalry week will feature Seattle versus Portland and New York versus D.C. It is an interesting wrinkle, but something not very necessary.
Each team will play 34 matches with them split evenly at home and away. None of those matches will overlap with FIFA qualifying matches and the vast majority will be played on weekends or holidays. The season officially kicks off on March 2nd. There are several matters to take care of before the opening kick as the MLS Combins begins next week. The SuperDraft is January 17th. Many teams will also be taking part in preseason tournaments in Tuscon, Orlando, Charleston, S.C., and Portland.
During the year, 87 matches will be broadcast nationally in the United States. The opening match of those 87 will be Houston playing host to D.C. United on the night of March 2nd on the NBC Sports Network. ESPN2 will have a rematch of the last two MLS Cup final matches with L.A. and Houston. New York has the most nationally televised matches with 19 followed by the L.A. Galaxy with 17. Montreal and Vancouver are only showcased once, New England twice, and Real Salt Lake and Columbus only three times. The full television schedule is available here.