Major League Soccer just released its schedule for the upcoming season. Here is Real Salt Lake's schedule for the year (all times are Mountain), and a few first impressions:
•Real Salt Lake plays five of its first seven matches away from Utah.
• Los Angeles, San Jose and Seattle each make two trips to Rio Tinto this season. RSL has to play those teams just one time apiece on the road.
• On the other side of that coin, RSL plays twice in Portland, Dallas and Denver.
• Real visits the Great White North, where it is 0-forever, four times: Vancouver (April 13, Sept. 28), Montreal (May 11), Toronto (June 29).
• Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola won't have Rio Tinto homecomings, at least not in the regular season. RSL's lone game against Red Bulls is July 27 in New York.
• Will Johnson, however, comes back to Salt Lake on Aug. 21.
Sun., March 3 @ San Jose Earthquakes 8:30
Sat., March 9 @ D.C. United 5:00
Sat., March 16 Colorado Rapids TBD
Sat., March 23 @ FC Dallas 6:30
Sat., March 30 Seattle Sounders FC 7:00
Sat., April 6 @ Colorado Rapids 1:30 (TV: NBCSN)
Sat., April 13 @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sat., April 20 Chivas USA 7:00
Sat., April 27 Los Angeles Galaxy 7:00
Sat., May 4 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7:00
Wed., May 8 @ New England Revolution 6:00
Sat., May 11 @ Montreal Impact FC TBD
Sun., May 19 @ Chivas USA 8:30
Sat., May 25 Chicago Fire 7:00
Sat., June 1 San Jose Earthquakes 7:30
Sat., June 8 Los Angeles Galaxy 7:30
Sat., June 22 Seattle Sounders FC 7:30
Sat., June 29 @ Toronto FC TBD
Wed., July 3 Philadelphia Union 8:00
Sat., July 13 @ FC Dallas 7:00
Sat., July 20 Sporting Kansas City 8:00
Sat., July 27 @ New York Red Bulls 5:00
Wed., July 31 at&t MLS All-Star Game ESPN
Sat., August 3 @ Colorado Rapids 7:00
Sat., August 10 Houston Dynamo 7:30
Sat., August 17 @ Los Angeles Galaxy 8:30
Wed., August 21 @ Portland Timbers FC 9:00
Sat., August 24 Columbus Crew 7:30
Fri., August 30 Portland Timbers 8:00 (TV: NBCSN)
Fri., Sept. 13 @ Seattle Sounders FC 8:00 (TV: NBCSN)
Sat., Sept. 21 San Jose Earthquakes 7:00
Sat., Sept. 28 @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC TBD
Sat., Oct. 5 FC Dallas 7:00
Sat., Oct. 19 @ Portland Timbers FC 8:30
Wed., Oct. 23 Chivas USA 7:00
Wed/Thu, Oct. 30/31 MLS Cup Play-In Game
Sat/Sun, Nov. 2/3 West Semi Leg #1
Wed/Thu, Nov. 6/7 West Semi Leg #2
Sat/Sun, Nov. 9/10 West Final Leg #1
Sat/Sun, Nov. 23/24 West Final Leg #2
Sat/Sun, Dec. 7/8 MLS Cup 2013