Revs’ Schedule Released

For the second year in a row, the New England Revolution will spend the first quarter of the season racking up airline miles after MLS released its full 2013 regular season schedule on Wednesday.

New England, which previously announced its season opener (Mar. 9 at Chicago) and home opener (Mar. 23 vs. Sporting KC), is scheduled to play five of its first eight games on the road. Separate trips to the Pacific Northwest (Apr. 13 at Seattle and May 2 at Portland) await the Revolution before the quarter-season mark.

In addition to the season opener against the Fire, the Revolution will play on national television when they host the defending champion L.A. Galaxy on Jun. 2. Both will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Other highlights on the 34-match schedule:

*Revolution supporters won’t have to wait long to welcome back Benny Feilhaber. The creative midfielder, who was traded to Sporting K.C. last month, will return to Gillette Stadium with his new teammates for the Mar. 23 home opener.

*New England will play three straight at home when they host Toronto (May 28), L.A. (Jun. 2) and D.C. United (Jun. 8).

*For the second straight season, MLS has employed an unbalanced schedule. The Revolution will play 25 conference games, and nine interconference games. Additionally, New England hosts every Western Conference club they visited last season, and in turn, will visit every Western Conference club they hosted in 2012.

*For the first time in five years, the Revolution will not kick off their campaign in California.  The 2008 season opener, which saw the club open their season at home against Houston, was the last time they opened outside of the Golden State. Incidentally, the last time New England opened on the road against a non-California club, they met the Fire in Chicago to start the 2007 season.

 

2013 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION SCHEDULE  (Subject to change. All times listed Eastern.)

Day                  Date    Opponent (Location)                          Time (ET)     Television

MARCH

Saturday   9    at Chicago (Bridgeview, Ill.)                                   7:30 p.m.     NBCSN

Saturday   16       at Philadelphia Union (Chester, Pa.)                          TBA     CSN

Saturday   23       vs. Sporting Kansas City (Gillette Stadium)           4 p.m.     CSN

Saturday   30       vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium)                                4 p.m.     CSN

 

APRIL

Saturday  13       at Seattle Sounders FC (Seattle, Wash.)                     4 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  20       at New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.)                     7 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  27       vs. Philadelphia Union (Gillette Stadium)        7:30p.m.     CSN

 

MAY

Thursday  2         at Portland Timbers (Portland, Ore.)              10:30 p.m.     CSN

Wednesday  8         vs. Real Salt Lake (Gillette Stadium)                   8 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  11       vs. New York Red Bull (Gillette Stadium)           7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  18       at Houston Dynamo (Houston, Texas)               8:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  25       vs. Toronto FC (Gillette Stadium)                      7:30 p.m.     CSN

 

JUNE

Sunday  2         vs. LA Galaxy (Gillette Stadium)                           4 p.m.     NBCSN

Saturday  8         vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium)                     7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  15  at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Vancouver, British Columbia) TBA     CSN

Saturday  29       at Chivas USA (Carson, Calif.)                          10:30 p.m.     CSN

 

JULY

Saturday  6         vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Gillette Stadium)    7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday   13       vs. Houston Dynamo (Gillette Stadium)           7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday   20       at Columbus Crew (Columbus, Ohio)               7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday    27       at D.C. United (Washington, D.C.)                         7 p.m.     CSN

 

AUGUST

Sunday  4         vs. Toronto FC (Gillette Stadium)                          7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  10       at Sporting Kansas City (Kansas City, Kan.)     8:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  17       vs. Chicago Fire (Gillette Stadium)                     7:30 p.m.     CSN

Wednesday   21       at Colorado Rapids (Commerce City, Colo.)     9 p.m.     CSN

Sunday  25       vs. Philadelphia Union (Gillette Stadium)           7:30 p.m.     CSN

Friday   30       at Toronto FC (Toronto, Ontario)                                   TBA     CSN

 

SEPTEMBER

Saturday  7         vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium)               7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday  14       at Chicago Fire (Bridgeview, Ill.)                           8:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday   21       vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium)                        7:30 p.m.     CSN

Saturday   28       vs. Houston Dynamo (Gillette Stadium)             7:30 p.m.     CSN

 

OCTOBER

Saturday  5         at New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.)                 7 p.m.     CSN

Saturday   12       at Montreal Impact (Montreal, Quebec)                 TBA     CSN

Saturday    19       vs. Columbus Crew (Gillette Stadium)               7:30 p.m.     CSN

Sunday   27       at Columbus Crew (Columbus, Ohio)                        4 p.m.     CSN

 

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Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He's contributed to The Associated Press, The Canadian Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or e-mail him at BOConnell21@aol.com