D.C. United’s 2013 schedule announced

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Photo - WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18:  Maicon Santos #29 of D.C. United battles for the ball against Jermaine Taylor #4 of Houston Dynamo during leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Championship at RFK Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Maicon Santos #29 of D.C. United battles for the ball against Jermaine Taylor #4 of Houston Dynamo during leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Championship at RFK Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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After a year full of incredibly busy stretches and gaps as long as the offseason itself, D.C. United is set for a much more orderly and consistent 2013, according to the league schedule released on Wednesday.

Moving the season opener up one week might just have done the trick – as long as there are no freak blizzards slated for the first weekend in March.

In any case, United remarkably has just two midweek games total – Wednesday, May 8 vs. Houston at RFK Stadium and Wednesday, July 3 at Seattle – both of which account for the only stretches of two games in the same week. The Sounders match comes in the middle of the only portion of the year where D.C. United will play three times in nine days. Only June and August have five games; the rest of the season’s months have just four.

After last season’s playoff appearance, D.C. United’s television appeal appears to have returned. D.C. will be on national TV 12 times: twice on NBC, six times on NBC Sports Network, three on Telefutura and once on ESPN2. United’s first two showcases come in their first four games, starting with the season-opener at Houston on March 2.

D.C.’s visit to New York for the Red Bulls’ home opener on March 16 is slated for 12:30 p.m., the first game of an MLS triple header on the Peacock family of networks. The rivalry Saturday also includes Chicago at Sporting Kansas City and finishes with Portland at Seattle.

United’s home games vs. Western Conference opponents are March 9 (Real Salt Lake), May 25 (Portland), June 22 (San Jose), June 29 (Vancouver) and Sept. 15 (MLS champion L.A. Galaxy).

D.C. has two away games and one home match against Eastern Conference foes Kansas City, New York, Chicago and New England. Toronto – with Kevin Payne in charge and Ryan Nelsen as coach (he’s available by then, correct?) – visits RFK on June 15.

They’re moving back kickoff at RFK Stadium for non-nationally televised games on Saturday night to 7 p.m.

The season finale on Sunday, Oct. 27 – also against Houston – is slated for 1:30 p.m. With the Marine Corps Marathon taking place that morning, beware of getting to RFK via I-395.

DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) TELEVISION
Saturday, March 2 at Houston 8:00pm NBC Sports Network
Saturday, March 9 Real Salt Lake 7:00pm  
Saturday, March 16 at New York 12:30pm NBC
Saturday, March 23 Columbus 3:30pm NBC Sports Network
Friday, April 5 at Kansas City 8:30pm
Saturday, April 13 New York 7:00pm  
Sunday, April 21 Philadelphia 5:00pm ESPN2
Saturday, April 27 at Columbus 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 8 Houston 7:00pm  
Saturday, May 11 at Dallas 8:30pm
Sunday, May 19 Kansas City 5:00pm TELEFUTURA
Saturday, May 25 Portland 7:00pm  
Sunday, June 2 at Chicago 5:00pm TELEFUTURA
Saturday, June 8 at New England 7:30pm
Saturday, June 15 Toronto 7:00pm  
Saturday, June 22 San Jose 7:00pm  
Saturday, June 29 Vancouver 7:00pm  
Wednesday, July 3 at Seattle 10:00pm
Sunday, July 7 at Colorado 9:30pm
Saturday, July 20 at Chicago 8:30pm
Saturday, July 27 New England 7:00pm  
Saturday, Aug. 3 Montreal 7:00pm  
Saturday, Aug. 10 at Philadelphia 8:00pm NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Aug. 17 at Montreal TBD TSN
Saturday, Aug. 24 Toronto 7:00pm  
Saturday, Aug. 31 at New York 8:00pm NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Sept. 8 at Chivas 9:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 15 LA Galaxy 5:00pm TELEFUTURA
Saturday, Sept. 21 at New England 7:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 28 at Toronto TBD
Friday, Oct. 4 Chicago 8:00pm NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Oct. 12 Philadelphia 7:00pm  
Friday, Oct. 18 at Kansas City 8:00pm NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Oct. 27 Houston 1:30pm NBC
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Craig Stouffer

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