KANSAS CITY, Kan. - On Thursday, Sporting KC is expected to announce they will be hosting the MLS All-Star game at Livestrong Sporting Park later this summer.
But on Wendesday, the MLS schedule was released. Sporting KC will kick off their 34-game regular season schedule at Philadelphia on Saturday, March 2. It's the earliest regular season match in club history. Sporting will be on the road the following Saturday at Toronto.
Then, Sporting KC will open at home against Chicago on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. Sporting will play 13 matches on national television. They will play 17 regular season matches at home.
Other big matches for Sporting include hosting Houston on Sunday, May 26. They travel to the 2012 MLS Cup champs Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, April 20.
Additionally, Sporting KC will participate in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. Group stage matches have been tentatively set for Aug. 6-8, Aug. 20-22, Aug. 27-29, Sept. 17-19, Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 22-24.
Major League Soccer said on Wednesday the MLS Cup will be played either Dec. 7 or 8. It will be played again at the site of the team with the better regular season record.
Partial season ticket packages will be released on Jan. 15 and single-game tickets for the first nine home matches will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 7. For ticket information, go to sportingkc.com.
Sporting KC is coming off one of the most successful regular seasons in team history. They finished with 18 wins last year and a first place finish in the Eastern Conference. However, Sporting failed to advance past their first playoff series after falling against nemesis Houston.
On Thursday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber will speak at Livestrong Sporting Park at 1p.m. He's expected to announce that the MLS All-Star game will be coming to Kansas City, Kan. Stay with kshb.com and 41 Action News for updates.
Here is a look at Sporting Kansas City's schedule for 2013:
Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
Sat., March 2 at Philadelphia 3 p.m. KSMO
Sat., March 9 at Toronto 12:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., March 16 CHICAGO 2 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., March 23 at New England 3 p.m. KSMO
Sat., March 30 MONTREAL 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Fri., April 5 D.C. UNITED 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Wed., April 17 at New York 6:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., April 20 at LA Galaxy 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 27 PORTLAND 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sun., May 5 CHIVAS USA 4 p.m. UniMas
Wed., May 8 SEATTLE 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sun., May 12 at Houston 3 p.m. ESPN
Sun., May 19 at D.C. United 4 p.m. UniMas
Sun., May 26 HOUSTON 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 1 MONTREAL 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., June 22 at FC Dallas 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., June 29 COLUMBUS 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Wed., July 3 VANCOUVER 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sun., July 7 at Chicago 2 p.m. ESPN
Sat., July 13 TORONTO FC 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., July 20 at Real Salt Lake 9 p.m. KSMO
Sat., July 27 at Montreal TBD KSMO
Sat., Aug. 3 NEW YORK 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 10 NEW ENGLAND 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sun., Aug. 18 at San Jose 10 p.m. UniMas
Fri., Aug. 23 at Chicago 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 31 COLORADO 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., Sept. 7 COLUMBUS 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Sat., Sept. 21 at Toronto TBD KSMO
Fri., Sept. 27 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 at Columbus 6:30 p.m. KSMO
Wed., Oct. 9 at Houston 7:30 p.m. KSMO
Fri., Oct. 18 D.C. UNITED 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 26 at Philadelphia 2 p.m. NBCSN