D.C. United will begin the MLS campaign with two difficult matches, hosting Sporting Kansas City, the Eastern Conference’s top club in the 2011 regular season, on March 10 before visiting the league champion Los Angeles Galaxy eight days later.
With MLS moving to an unbalanced schedule, United will play 25 games against Eastern opponents and one apiece against each of the nine Western teams. The Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers will not make an appearance in Washington.
United, which has failed to make the playoffs a club-record four straight years, will face each Eastern foe three times, except Kansas City and the Chicago Fire (two each). Two of the three meetings with the arch-rival New York Red Bulls are in Washington.
MLS has scheduled short breaks in June, September and October to avoid conflicts with the U.S. national team’s World Cup qualifiers.
United will play 21 games on Saturdays, six on Sundays, five on Wednesdays, one on a Thursday and one on a Friday.
Click through for the complete list, with some TV information.
March 10: vs. Sporting Kansas City
March 18: at Los Angeles Galaxy (Galavision)
March 24: at Vancouver Whitecaps
March 30: vs. FC Dallas (NBC Sports Network)
April 7: vs. Seattle Sounders
April 14: at New England Revolution
April 18: vs. Montreal Impact
April 22: vs. New York Red Bulls (ESPN2)
April 28: vs. Houston Dynamo
May 2: at San Jose Earthquakes
May 5: vs. Toronto FC
May 12: at Houston Dynamo (NBC Sports Network)
May 16: vs. Colorado Rapids
May 19: vs. Toronto FC
May 26: vs. New England Revolution
June 16: at Philadelphia Union (Galavision)
June 24: at New York Red Bulls (NBC Sports Network)
June 30: vs. Montreal Impact
July 15: at Houston Dynamo (Galavision)
July 21: at Columbus Crew
Aug. 4: vs. Columbus Crew
Aug. 11: at Sporting Kansas City
Aug. 19: vs. Philadelphia Union (NBC Sports Network)
Aug. 22: vs. Chicago Fire
Aug. 25: at Montreal Impact
Aug. 29: vs. New York Red Bulls (Galavision)
Sept. 1: at Real Salt Lake
Sept. 15: vs. New England Revolution
Sept. 20: at Philadelphia Union (ESPN2)
Sept. 23: vs. Chivas USA (Galavision)
Sept. 29: at Portland Timbers
Oct. 6: at Toronto FC
Oct. 20: vs. Columbus Crew
Oct. 27: at Chicago Fire (NBC Sports Network)
The local TV schedule will be announced in the coming months. The full MLS schedule can be found here.