D.C. United will open 2013 at Houston

December 18, 2012

D.C. United will begin the 2013 MLS regular season March 2 at Houston, a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals against the Dynamo, and play its home opener a week later against Real Salt Lake.

With the league announcing the first home games for all 19 clubs Tuesday, United also learned it will serve as the first opponent for New York’s season debut at Red Bull Arena on March 16.

The remainder of United’s 34-game schedule will be finalized in a few weeks.

March 2 is the earliest start for MLS in its 18-season history.

United, which had the third-most points in the league last season, will encounter a difficult first three games: Houston lost to Los Angeles in the MLS Cup final and has never lost at home to D.C. since settling in Texas from Northern California in 2006; Real Salt Lake was the sixth-best side in MLS’s regular season this year; and the Red Bulls were fifth before falling to United in the Eastern semifinals.

All the home openers:

Saturday, March 2:

Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (PPL Park)

FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (FC Dallas Stadium)

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)

Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United (BBVA Compass Stadium)

Seattle Sounders vs. Montreal Impact (CenturyLink Field)

Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew (Home Depot Center)

Sunday, March 3:

LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (Home Depot Center)

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls (JELD-WEN Field)

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake (Buck Shaw Stadium)

Saturday, March 9:

Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (venue TBD)

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake (RFK Stadium)

Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park)

Saturday, March 16:

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (Livestrong Sporting Park)

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Olympic Stadium)

Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Crew Stadium)

Saturday, March 23:

New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium)

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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