Key Games On 2010 MLS Schedule

Key Games On 2010 MLS Schedule

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 10, 2010
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  • 2010 MLS Schedule, 2010 Season Previews

Real Salt Lake will begin their title defense on the road in 2010. (Getty Images)

The schedule has been out for nearly a month now but as the preseason starts to come to a close and the real games get going we need to take a look down the road to see which games are going to be more important. This is the first of a few Major League Soccer season previews that I am going to do in the coming weeks before the new season by the way.

Today it is all about the schedule. Most of you know I am a big believer in how a good schedule can go a long way in predicting a teams success and failure. Instead of going through each club’s schedule like I used to do on here I’ll go another direction and throw out some key games each month for you to pay attention to.

If for some reason I missed a game you think is worth talking about here, feel free to mention it below.

March

Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC: First match of the year is always a big deal, especially since it is in Seattle as the Sounders host the new expansion Union. No doubt Qwest Field will be rocking for this one as the Sounders will want to get off to another hot start in 2010. Will Philadelphia find a way to pull the upset?

Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes: The title defense starts on the one place that RSL needs to improve on, the road.

Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls: Opening of the beautiful Red Bull Arena. Will it be enough to help turn the Red Bulls around this year? We’ll have to see as their first test is a tough one, a team that has owned them the last couple years both home and away.

April

Chivas USA at LA Galaxy: With or without Landon Donovan this will still be a match to watch in 2010.

D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: First home game in Philadelphia has to be a big deal to the league and to the new club. My question will continue to be how well will they do at the gate since this game will be at the Linc and not in their smaller soccer stadium in Chester.

Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy: We all love a good rematch. We get the first MLS Cup rematch very early this year.

Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC: First regular season game at BMO Field with natural grass on the pitch. Worth watching just for that reason alone.

Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls: Biggest reason to watch for me is to see if an expansion club will be better than the worst club from last year at this point in the season. Yes only a month in and I have a feeling this will be an intriguing matchup for a new rivalry.

May

New York Red Bulls at D.C. United: Atlantic Cup rivals clash at RFK.

FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo: I hate that this rivalry has two games so closely together early in the year. Can Houston continue their dominance over Dallas or will the up and coming Red Stripes finally get a quality result at Robertson Stadium?

Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United: Curt Onalfo’s old team faces his new team…which oddly enough his new team looks fairly similar to his old team.

FC Dallas at Chicago Fire: An old rivalry that really needs a boost, will this be the year more folks start caring about this rivalry around the league?

June

Seattle Sounders FC at Philadelphia Union: There’s some big event going on during June in South Africa but at the end of the month in Philly this will be a pretty big deal with the opening of PPL Park.

July

Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire: Eastern conference final rematch, I’m sure the Fire remember the crappy feeling of losing on PKs.

Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United: This has started to become a nice rivalry due to last year’s US Open Cup final. Look for that to pick up again this year in the regular season too!

Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC: At this point in the season we should know if Toronto has any shot at the playoffs or if it will be another rough summer stretch for the Reds.

August

Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union: The league’s newest team plays host to one of the league’s best, or a club that should be one of the league’s best again this year.

Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls: Can Toronto get over that blowout loss that ended their season and playoff hopes last year?

Columbus Crew at Real Salt Lake: Think Guillermo Barros Schelotto will be sitting this one out? If he’s healthy I highly doubt it.

LA Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes: I wonder what kind of rivalry this will be this season. Hopefully the Quakes will make it a little more interesting.

Philadelphia Union at D.C. United: The return match in this new rivalry. I really hope this turns out to be one of the better league rivalries after this season.

September

Seattle Sounders FC at New England Revolution: One of two things will happen, this will either be the start of a late season rally by the Revs or it will be a game that shows the Sounders can win games on those lovely long road trips cross country.

October

Toronto FC at Chivas USA: Preki and his Reds going on the road late in the year to face his old club. I’ve heard Chivas is kind of happy to be rid of him now days, we’ll see if that is the case on this late date in the season.

Columbus Crew at Toronto FC: I love a good rivalry late in the year.

Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids: The Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry usually decides who goes to the playoffs out of these two and who does not. I’d expect that to happen again this year.

FC Dallas at LA Galaxy: Last game on the season slate, will it be one that decides someone’s playoff fate?

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