For the first time since the club rebranded as Sporting Kansas City, the team will open the MLS season at home. Today MLS announced the home openers for all the teams, and Kansas City will be opening the season at home on Sunday, March 8th.
Sporting KC will play the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park in a 6pm kick off to start the season. The game will also be the first MLS game to be shown on Fox Sports 1 with the new television deal kicking in this coming year. It'll be the first chance that fans have the chance to see what Fox is going to do with MLS with the new TV deal. With the game being the first of a double header, the second game being Seattle vs New England, I don't expect Kansas City to get Fox's "A" team for the game.
This will be the third straight game that Sporting will see the New York Red Bulls. Sporting KC ended the regular season against the Red Bulls, losing 2-0 at Sporting Park and then turned around losing 2-1 to the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in the wildcard round of the playoffs. This will be the fourth time in the last six years, and fifth time overall that Sporting will open a season against a team that they ended the prior season against (2012-2013 Philadelphia Union, 2011-2012 DC United, 2009-2010 DC United, and 1996-1997 San Jose Clash).
Unfortunately, it looks like this will be all we get from the schedule until January when it's rumored the full schedule will be released.