MLS lines up exciting tripleheader for first Sunday

MLS will open its 2015 season on March 6 when the defending champion LA Galaxy hosts the Chicago Fire in the first UniMas Friday night match. To conclude the opening weekend, MLS has lined up an exciting trio of games for Sunday, including a tussle of expansion teams Orlando City and New York City FC, all televised on Fox Sports 1 or ESPN2. For all the 2015 MLS home openers.

The Univision networks -- primarily on UniMas -- will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings. On Sundays, ESPN and Fox Sports networks will broadcast back-to-back MLS matches at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET, respectively.

On the opening Sunday, Orlando City will open against NYCFC at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by Sporting Kansas City against New York Red Bulls in a battle of Eastern Conference rivals on Fox Sports 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET and the Seattle Sounders, the 2014 Supporters' Shield winners, against MLS Cup runner-up New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field, also on Fox Sports 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

All teams except Toronto FC will play their home openers in March. TFC opens May 10 because of  renovations to expansion BMO Field. The San Jose Earthquakes open at their new Avaya Stadium on March 22 against Chicago.

MLS has not yet announced its complete 2015 schedule. It had announced its 2014 schedule on Nov. 25, 2013.

One scheduling issue MLS has had to deal with is NYCFC working out an agreement with the baseball Yankees, its co-owners and primary tenants of Yankee Stadium, on the number of days needed between soccer and baseball games to set up.

The Yankees are on the road for a period of a week to 12 days 11 times between the start of the season in early April and before the final road trip, a three-game series, on the final weekend of the American League season. Further complicating the NYCFC home schedule is a possible conflict with baseball playoffs on October.

2015 MLS Home Openers:
Friday, March 6
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (StubHub Center)
Saturday, March 7
D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact (RFK Stadium)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)
Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew SC (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids (PPL Park)
Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake (Providence Park)
FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Toyota Stadium)
Sunday, March 8
Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (Orlando Citrus Bowl)
Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls (Sporting Park)
Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution (CenturyLink Field)
Saturday, March 14
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Toyota Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC (Crew Stadium)
Sunday, March 15
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution (Yankee Stadium)
Saturday, March 21
New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium)
Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)
Sunday, March 22
New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (Avaya Stadium)
Saturday, March 28
Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC (Olympic Stadium)
Sunday, May 10
Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (BMO Field)
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