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Major League Soccer unveiled its 2005 regular season schedule Monday, announcing a slate of 32 games per team that includes several intriguing matchups. In a season that will be marked by the League's 10th season celebrations, the 2005 All-Star Game is scheduled for July 30 with the MLS Cup champion being crowned on Nov. 13.

The season opens on April 2 with First Kick, when D.C. United begins defense of their MLS Cup championship against expansion Club Deportivo Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center (3 p.m. ET, ABC). Also on opening day, Real Salt Lake will take to the field for the first time when they visit the MetroStars and FC Dallas will play its first game since retiring the Dallas Burn moniker and assuming a new identity and team colors.

But perhaps the most anticipated match of the upcoming season takes place on April 23, when Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy take part in the first derby in MLS history. The Galaxy will serve as the hosts of the first of four matches between the intra-city rivals.

With the addition of CD Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake, who play each other for the first time on May 7, the MLS schedule has been adjusted so each team will play the five other teams in its conference four times each -- twice at home and twice away -- and the six teams outside of its conference twice each -- once at home and once away.

The addition of two Western teams also resulted in a conference realignment, with the 2004 Western Conference Champion Kansas City Wizards moving to the East. That not only means that there will be a new Western Conference representative in MLS Cup 2005, but also that the Wizards and D.C. United will relive MLS Cup 2004 four times this season. United, who won their fourth MLS Cup title at the Wizards' expense in November 2004, will head to Kansas City on April 30 for their first match with the Wizards since last year's title tilt.

United will be involved in another mouth-watering rematch in April, hosting the New England Revolution on April 23 in the first of four games between the teams this season. United and the Revs combined at RFK Stadium in the nation's capital last November to provide a memorable Eastern Conference Final, a game some consider to be the best in MLS history.

The opening-day match between RSL and the MetroStars also brings the first of a handful of reunions for marquee players who switched teams in the offseason. Eddie Pope and Clint Mathis, both now with RSL, most recently played in MLS for the Metros. Pope moved from the Big Apple to the Wasatch Front through a trade just last month, while Mathis recently returned to the United States after a one-year stint in the German Bundesliga.

Another blockbuster January trade saw the Chicago Fire's all-time leading scorer, forward Ante Razov, sent to the Columbus Crew in exchange for defender-midfielder Tony Sanneh. Razov will play his former team four times this season, but half of the season will have elapsed by the time he pays his first visit to the Windy City in a yellow jersey on July 16. The Crew play host to the Fire for the first time in 2005 on April 30.

Defender Jeff Agoos, who spent four years in the Bay Area as the captain of the San Jose Earthquakes, also switched colors this winter after being traded to the MetroStars on Dec. 12. He will return to Spartan Stadium for one match this year on July 23.

Two head coaches will also return, at some point this season, to cities where they once coached. CD Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen will take his club to New England on April 30 and to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, while new Colorado Rapids boss Fernando Clavijo will head to Foxborough, Mass., on May 28.

As in recent years, the vast majority of league matches will be held on Saturdays, with some matches also being played on Wednesdays, Sundays and Fridays. There will be four matches played on Mondays (including three on the Fourth of July) and one played on a Thursday (RSL at United on July 28).

A full schedule can be found here:
http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/schedule/
 

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April 2nd? Wow, it seems like they just finished, yetthe off-season here is much longer than Europe. I know that there is at least one team, Galaxy I think, that is going to Spain to play some games. Aguirre's Osasuna is on the schedule for them.

Osasuna will also come in the summer time to play in the USA:star:
 

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April 2nd? Wow, it seems like they just finished, yetthe off-season here is much longer than Europe. I know that there is at least one team, Galaxy I think, that is going to Spain to play some games. Aguirre's Osasuna is on the schedule for them.

Osasuna will also come in the summer time to play in the USA:star:
It seems a lot are now comming to the US Everton as well are looking to come once again. I guess they have found out how much soccer we are getting on the Telly and figure this is the place to be. :D

The Metrostars are having their preseason galla event at the Hyatt in the Meadowlands next tuesday. We get to meet the Metrostars and ask them questions. or in my case tell Bob B he needs to listen to me more often. :thmbup:
 

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Go Real Salt Lake Shitty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
 

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colocolo said:
Go Real Salt Lake Shitty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
Are you really going to be roting for them? :eek:
 

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Are you really going to be roting for them? :eek:
Yep ... I no longer have anything to root for in Fl and on my recent trip to Salt Lake City I visited the Stadium of the University and decided right then and there Im a Salt Peter from here on ..

Go Saltines Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (What a great name for the Cheerleaders.....) :cool: :howler: :thumbsup:

Heck ... Im actually looking into buying property in nearby Park City ..So I might as well be their First Floridian Fan ... :cap: Looking to someday become a citizen of Utah Land ....
 

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Yep ... I no longer have anything to root for in Fl and on my recent trip to Salt Lake City I visited the Stadium of the University and decided right then and there Im a Salt Peter from here on ..

Go Saltines Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (What a great name for the Cheerleaders.....) :cool: :howler: :thumbsup:

Heck ... Im actually looking into buying property in nearby Park City ..So I might as well be their First Floridian Fan ... :cap: Looking to someday become a citizen of Utah Land ....

:howler:

I think you will need to get married 4 more times before they let you become a ctizen.:D
 

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Shoot... I gots the women to follow me there ... I just dont have a terribly big expense account ... but with LOVE and BS I can always fool them ... Right ???


:dielaugh::cap::shades:
 

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Shoot... I gots the women to follow me there ... I just dont have a terribly big expense account ... but with LOVE and BS I can always fool them ... Right ???


:dielaugh::cap::shades:
You have to be kidding, We both know that LOVE AND BS will last only last 5 minuets. Once the money is gone so will they. :smileani:
 

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Do they have cheerleaders? There is a shocker and Colo there will be no pisco or beer;)
 

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Dallas will take home da trophy! Too much talent! watchout for Nunez!!! A great talent!
 

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I think you will need to get married 4 more times before they let you become a ctizen.:D
:D Nice one Paul.

By the way, I doubt Dallas will take home the trophy. It will probably be RSL, the Galaxy, or DC United.
 

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:D Nice one Paul.

By the way, I doubt Dallas will take home the trophy. It will probably be RSL, the Galaxy, or DC United.

Dallas

Glen.............Johnson

Alvarez....Nunez....Mulrooney....O'brien

Dunivant-Yi-Jolly-Talley

And good depth!


This team will score a bunch! Eddie Johnson will score 20! and Alvarez and Nunez will become stars! Young , and talented!
 

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Do they have cheerleaders? There is a shocker and Colo there will be no pisco or beer;)
Booze is available across the State of Utah folks :thumbsup: ... :drunk: Dont forget I just came back from there .. As a matter of fact ... Chilean wines were actually cheaper than here in Miami, the port of entry !!! :dielaugh:
 

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Rice-Eccles Stadium/Real SL Home :cap:
 

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As much as I hope you are right I think DC will have a hard time rebuilding thier back line.

Sorry Jonny while left striker is my spot I am too old to start for Dallas.
 

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thinking about gettin MetroStars season tickets
Dont think but do! You can get all the perks that go with it. Autograph session, meet the players in the Bubble after select matches. Cant beat it. If you do ask for Rich Searls, he will take care of you. Tell him I sent you.
 

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Real Soccer on Quest to Build Home Stadium

Mar. 4, 2005

John Daley Reporting

Utah's brand new major league soccer franchise is continuing its quest to find a home to built its new soccer stadium. But so far it's proving to be an elusive goal.

The Real Salt Lake squad opens its season in just six weeks. It's been good news/bad news for the team lately. Their stadium suffered a big setback on Capitol Hill this past session, meantime ticket sales just keep growing.

For Real Salt Lake, these are the best of times and the worst of times. The team landed world-class players, like striker Clint Mathis, and began compiling an impressive winning record in pre-season. But up on Capitol Hill it got shut out by lawmakers who voted to prohibit the use of redevelopment funds to pay for stadium projects.

Without that money, buying the land and building a 60 million dollar, 22,000 seat soccer-specific stadium has now become a daunting task.

Dean Howes, CEO, Real Salt Lake Soccer Team: "We thought we were well along the path with both Murray and Salt Lake City, and then to have the funding mechanism taken away from us disappoints us."

Still, Howes says the team is committed to stay in Utah, just where and what the details are remain to be sorted out.

Dean Howes, CEO, Real Salt Lake Soccer Team: "If we want to be a world-class city, is this the kind of message that we send? That a major league team or an entertainment entity is really not welcome to expect a private-public venture."

Meantime, both Murray and Salt Lake are trying to figure out how to pay for a stadium without those RDA funds, funds that in the past have been used to build the Delta Center, Franklin Covey field, the E Center, and part of the Gateway project.

Rocky Anderson, Mayor, Salt Lake City: "We would not have major league teams here. We wouldn't have these great facilities. We would not have all of the economic development that comes with them and we would not have the civic pride and increased quality of life."

The team hopes quality soccer will improve its prospects. It already is amongst the league leaders in season ticket sales and is eying a potential sell-out when it hosts a World Cup qualifying game this summer.

The team begins play on April 2nd, an away game in New York City. Their first home game is April 16 against the Colorado Rapids.
 
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