Thursday, January 05, 2012

Sporting KC Schedule Out

Today MLS released the 2012 MLS schedule with the new unbalanced format. The full schedule is at the end of the post, but here are some thoughts and information on the schedule.

KC opens the season on the 10th of March against DC, it's the 7th time in KC's history that they've opened against DC. KC's record in those games is 4-2, including KC's 4-0 win in the season opener in 2010. It's also the second time that KC's last regular season game of the previous season and first game of the new season is against DC, it also happened in 2009-2010.

KC's home opener is on St. Patrick's Day against the New England Revolution.

KC plays 3 teams, New England, Chicago, and Toronto twice at home and once away.

KC plays 3 teams, Montreal, Columbus, and New York once at home and twice away.

KC plays DC and Philadelphia once at home and once away.

KC plays Dallas, LA, Salt Lake, and San Jose at home. KC plays Chivas, Portland, Vancouver, Colorado, and Seattle away. KC definitely got the better of this schedule, getting 3 of the top four teams in the West at home this year.

KC's last game against the Western Conference is June 20th at Seattle. That's 14 games into the season, the final 20 games of Sporting KC's season is against the Eastern Conference. KC will have no one to blame but themselves if they don't make the playoffs with that many games in a row against direct opponents.

KC has 7 games on national television. All 7 are at home. KC hosts the Galaxy on 4/7 and New York on 8/26 on ESPN 2. KC hosts San Jose on 5/27, Chicago on 6/29, Houston on 9/14, and Chicago on 9/28 on NBC Sports, they also host Dallas on 3/25 on Galavision. Quite a few more than last year's regular season.

KC only has one week night game, the season finale against Philadelphia.

MLS Cup is now in December. the MLS Cup final will be on December 1st. Could be interesting weather if a "cold weather" city team is the highest ranked team.

Here's KC's full schedule
Sat., March 10 - at D.C. United - 6:30pm
Sat., March 17 - NEW ENGLAND - 7:30pm
Sun., March 25 - FC DALLAS - 6:00pm - Galavision
Sun., April 1 - at Chivas USA - 8:00pm
Sat., April 7 - LA GALAXY - 4:00pm - ESPN2
Sat., April 14 - REAL SALT LAKE - 7:30pm
Wed., April 18 - at Vancouver - 9:00pm
Sat., April 21 - at Portland - 9:30pm
Sat., May 5 - MONTREAL - 7:30pm
Sat., May 12 - at Chicago - 7:30pm
Sat., May 19 - at Colorado - 8:00pm
Sun., May 27 - SAN JOSE - 3:30pm - NBCSN
Sat., June 16 - TORONTO FC - 7:30pm
Wed., June 20 - at Seattle - 9:00pm
Sat., June 23 - at Philadelphia - 6:00pm
Fri., June 29 - CHICAGO - 7:00pm - NBCSN
Wed., July 4 - at Montreal - 6:30pm
Sat., July 7 - HOUSTON - 7:30pm
Sat., July 14 - at Columbus - 6:30pm
Wed., July 18 - at Houston - 7:30pm
Sat., July 21 - NEW ENGLAND - 7:30pm
Sat., July 28 - COLUMBUS - 7:30pm
Sat., August 4 - at New England - 6:30pm
Sat., August 11 - D.C. UNITED - 7:30pm
Sat., August 18 - at Toronto FC - 3:30pm
Sun., August 26 - NEW YORK - 8:00pm - ESPN2
Sat., Sept. 1 - TORONTO FC - 7:30pm
Fri., Sept. 14 - HOUSTON - 7:30pm - NBCSN
Wed., Sept. 19 - at New York - 6:00pm
Sat., Sept. 22 - at Montreal - 12:00pm
Fri., Sept. 28 - CHICAGO - 7:30apm - NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 7 - at Columbus - 3:00pm
Sat., Oct. 20 - at New York - 6:00pm
Wed., Oct. 24 - PHILADELPHIA - 7:30pm


Anonymous said...

Columbus away twice? 3rd-to-last game? oh shit.

Christian Sinclair said...

I think the Wednesday night final regular season game was pretty smart because it is against a pretty good side and should draw well as last regular season. Mid-week shouldn't hurt it much.

The fact hat the Western conference teams are done with so early is pretty interesting. Wonder if other teams have schedules with such a heavy tilt.

After looking at this schedule my only hope is that they are feverishly at work on getting the 2013 schedule ready. So it can be unveiled December 2nd.

hartley said...

Well, I must say now that I see the unbalanced schedule, I dislike it even more. I really don't understand why we don't just play everyone twice. The whole divisional table/playoff setup is junk. The single table is the way to go. Oh well.

The Footy Chronicles said...

Not a huge fan of the unbalanced schedule, but maybe it'll just take time to get used to.