New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Soccer announced Thursday the lineup of home openers for the 2015 season.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will begin their MLS Cup title defense with the opening fixture of the season, taking on the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center on Friday, March 6.
A pair of Canadian clubs will square off the following day as Vancouver Whitecaps FC will welcome Toronto FC to BC Place. Dominic Kinnear, meanwhile, will begin his second spell in charge of the San Jose Earthquakes when the club travels to Toyota Stadium to open the season against FC Dallas.
Orlando City SC and New York City FC will make their MLS debuts against one another when the expansion sides meet at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Sunday, March 8. Later in the day, Eastern Conference rivals Sporting Kansas City and Red Bull New York will do battle at Sporting Park before Seattle Sounders FC welcomes the New England Revolution to CenturyLink Field to conclude the opening week of the season.
Renovations to BMO Field will leave Toronto FC with the latest home opener of the season. After a lengthy road spell to open the campaign, the Reds will play host to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, May 10.
Dates and matchups for the 2015 home openers are below (home teams listed first). All matches are subject to change.
WEEK 1: Friday, March 6 Los Angeles 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. Red Bull New York (Sporting Park) Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution (CenturyLink Field)
WEEK 2: 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)
WEEK 3: 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 Red Bull New York vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (Avaya Stadium)
WEEK 4: Saturday, March 28 Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC (Olympic Stadium)
WEEK 10: Sunday, May 10 Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (BMO Field)