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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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