RSL to Host 2012 Home Opener Saturday, March 17

2012 Rio Tinto Stadium debut set for March 17

REAL SALT LAKE TO HOST 2012 HOME OPENER AT RIO TINTO STADIUM SATURDAY, MARCH 17

Opponent and Kickoff Time to Be Announced with Remainder of Major League Soccer’s 2012 Regular Season Schedule in Upcoming Weeks;

Claret-and-Cobalt Expected to Kick off Eighth Season of MLS Play Weekend Prior during First Kick Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods

 

SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, November 29, 2011) – In conjunction with Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake has announced that the Utah side will open its 17-game regular season home schedule for the 2012 season at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, March 17.

As of now, the only way fans of the Claret-and-Cobalt can secure their spots for the March 17th opening day at Rio Tinto Stadium is by joining “The Pride” and becoming a 2012 Season Ticket Holder. For more information on 2012 RSL Season Ticket options at Rio Tinto Stadium, fans can head online to the “TICKETS” section of www.RealSaltLake.com or call 801-727-2700.

Real Salt Lake is expected to open its eighth MLS season the weekend prior as a part of First Kick presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Major League Soccer’s 17th campaign will open with six matches on Saturday, March 10, to be followed by a pair of Sunday contests and a Monday night feature.

The Montreal Impact’s addition as MLS’ 19th club next season means that one squad will be forced to sit out of the First Kick festivities. Times, opponents, and national broadcast information for each team’s home opener will be included in the entire regular season schedule, which will be announced upon its completion in the coming weeks.

All but one MLS club will play in front of their home fans by the end of Week 3 of the 2012 regular season. The Houston Dynamo look forward to their May 12 debut in a sparkling new downtown stadium built specifically for soccer.  The Montreal Impact’s first home game in MLS will be played at Olympic Stadium on March 17. The newly-renovated Stade Saputo is scheduled to open in June.

Each club will play 34 games in the 2012 MLS Regular Season; CLICK HERE for details on the format. The dates of the 2012 home openers for all 19 MLS clubs are below.

 

WEEK 1

Saturday, March 10: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sunday, March 11: Chivas USA, FC Dallas

Monday, March 12: Portland Timbers

 

WEEK 2

Saturday, March 17: Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact

Sunday, March 18: Philadelphia Union

 

WEEK 3

Saturday, March 24: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC

Sunday, March 25: New York Red Bulls

 

WEEK 10

Saturday, May 12: Houston Dynamo (new stadium opener)

 

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