Tuesday December 22nd, 2015

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that the 2016 season will open on March 6 with 10 matches.

The league's 21st season will open with the New York Red Bulls taking on Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. Toronto features the reigning MLS MVP in Sebastian Giovinco.

The first day of matches also includes an MLS rematch between the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. Portland won its first–ever MLS Cup with a 2–1 victory over Columbus on Dec. 7. 

Below are a list of the season-opening games for March 6:

1:30 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC (Red Bull Arena)

2 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. Real Salt Lake (Orlando Citrus Bowl)

2 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC (Toyota Park)

3 p.m. FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union (Toyota Stadium)

3 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution (BBVA Compass Stadium)

3 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids (Avaya Stadium)

*4:30 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew SC (Providence Park)

5:30 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact (BC Place)

*7 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (CenturyLink Field) 

10 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United (StubHub Center)

*2.5 hour windows start at this time

Other home openers:

Saturday, March 12

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium)

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union (MAPFRE Stadium)

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)

Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Children’s Mercy Park)

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls (Olympic Stadium)

Sunday, March 13

New York City FC vs. Toronto FC (Yankee Stadium)

Saturday, March 19

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids (RFK Stadium)

Sunday, March 20

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution (Talen Energy Stadium)

Saturday, May 7

Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas (BMO Field)

Watch: Omar Gonzalez dresses as Darth Vader in Pachuca welcome

A full season schedule, including the television schedule, will be announced on January 7. Training camps are set to begin on Jan. 22. 

- Christopher Chavez

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