MLS Releases 2012 Schedule

MLS Releases 2012 Schedule

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 5, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Schedule, 2012 MLS Season, Features

Major League Soccer announced it’s schedule for the 2012 season. All of the 19 clubs will play 34 matches, 17 at home and 17 away, during 34 weeks. Within each conference, each club will play the same number of in-conference and out-of-conference games.

All 323 matches will be televised live – 89 by national network partners ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Univision (TeleFutura, Galavisión and Univision Deportes) in the United States. Nationally in Canada, 30 games featuring Canadian clubs will air on TSN/TSN2 in English and RDS/RDS2 in French.

The 2012 MLS Regular Season will conclude Sunday, Oct. 28 with three games, followed by the MLS Cup Playoffs and the championship game – MLS Cup 2012 – on Dec. 1, hosted by one of the two finalists. From First Kick to MLS Cup, the calendar footprint of the 2012 season is 267 days – the longest in League history (as is the regular season, at 232 days).

NBC will broadcast three regular season games nationally: Portland vs. Seattle on Sept. 15, New York vs. Chicago Fire on Oct. 6, and Philadelphia vs. New York on Oct. 27 – the first game of an historic tripleheader on the last Saturday of the regular season that includes Chicago vs. D.C. United and Portland vs. San Jose Earthquakes on NBC Sports Network.

More than 83% of all MLS games will take place on weekends or holidays, with every day of the week having at least one scheduled match during the year.

The nine MLS games scheduled for Saturday, April 28 are set to break the League record for the most games in one day (previously eight, on March 26, 2011).

MLS initially did not schedule any games on FIFA fixture dates, but the League afforded the option, only by mutual club consent, of moving a game to one of those dates when other scheduling conflicts could not be resolved. Thus, a small number of games do occur on select FIFA fixture dates.

If time permits I’ll have more on the schedule later today or tomorrow. There are so many interesting subplots worth pointing out that I need more time to look at them all.