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History of MLS stadium openers

In anticipation of Saturday’s inaugural match at the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, the most urban of MLS’s 11 soccer-specific venues, we look back at how home sides have fared in their debut appearances (five victories, one loss, four draws):

1999: Columbus Crew defeats New England Revolution, 2-0, at Crew Stadium (Played first seven matches away before stadium opener on May 15)

2003: Los Angeles Galaxy defeats Colorado Rapids, 2-0, at Home Depot Center (Played first eight matches away before Carson debut on June 7)

2005: FC Dallas draws with New York, 2-2, at Pizza Hut Park (Played at the Cotton Bowl until Frisco stadium opened on Aug. 6)

2006: Chicago Fire draws with New England, 3-3, at Toyota Park (Played first nine matches away before Bridgeview debut on June 11)

2007: Colorado Rapids defeat D.C. United, 2-1, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Opened MLS season in new stadium in Commerce City)

2007: Toronto FC loses to Kansas City, 1-0, at BMO Field (Played first three away before BMO debut)

2008: Real Salt Lake draws with New York, 1-1, at Rio Tinto Stadium (Played at University of Utah until Sandy debut on Oct. 9)

2010: New York Red Bulls defeat Chicago Fire, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena (Opened MLS season in new stadium in Harrison, N.J.)

2010: Philadelphia Union defeats Seattle Sounders, 3-1, at PPL Park (First two home matches at NFL venue & 10 games overall before Chester debut)

2011: Sporting Kansas City draws with Chicago Fire, 0-0, at Livestrong Sporting Park (Played first 10 away before home opener on June 9)

2012: Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United, Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium (Will play seventh consecutive away match Wednesday at New York)

*NBC Sports Network will show the Dynamo-United game, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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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