Major League Soccer announces 2013 home openers

Toronto FC's Torsten Frings battles for the ball with LA Galaxy's Mike Magee (R) during the first...

Toronto FC's Torsten Frings battles for the ball with LA Galaxy's Mike Magee (R) during the first half of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal soccer match at the Rogers Centre last season. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

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Major League Soccer’s opening weekend will feature an all-Canadian matchup when Toronto FC travels to battle the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on March 2.

The league released the 2013 home openers for each of its 19 clubs on Tuesday ahead what’s slated to be the earliest start to an MLS campaign since the league’s inaugural season in 1996.

Canada’s third MLS team, the Montreal Impact, will open the league’s 18th season just down the road from its Canadian counterparts when it travels to face the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Opening Day.

A week later Toronto hosts 2012 Eastern Conference champions Sporting KC at a venue that’s still to be determined. As wintery weather remains a concern in Ontario well into March, TFC could host its 2013 home opener inside the Rogers Centre rather than Toronto’s BMO Field.

The Montreal Impact will have to wait until Week 3 of the MLS season to open up in Quebec. The Impact is scheduled to host rivals Toronto FC inside Olympic Stadium on March 16.

 


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