Late last month, Major League Soccer gave Red Bulls fans a taste of what to expect from the 2013 season.
An opening tilt at Jeld Wen against the Portland Timbers promised a vibrant but daunting atmosphere. A home opener against DC United gave New York a chance at redemption after losing to their long time rivals in the playoffs last season.
Want the cliff notes? Here is a full breakdown of the schedule after the jump.
Sunday, March 3rd – 4pm v. Portland Timbers
Saturday, March 16th – DC United
TWO FOR THE ROAD
Once again, perhaps to avoid the winter weather, the Red Bulls have been given two games on the road on two consecutive Sundays; one against Portland followed by a trip to San Jose
UNEVEN SCHEDULE IN FAVOR
New York will host DC United, Philadelphia, the Montreal Impact and New England twice.
UNEVEN SCHEDULE AGAINST
New York will travel twice to Toronto FC, Houston and Columbus.
New York will face Sporting KC and the Chicago Fire in traditional home and home matches.
Last year was marred by midweek matches. This year, all of three will take place including a 7:30pm home tilt against Sporting KC (4/17), a 7:30pm match against Montreal at home (5/8) and a July 4th match on the road against Colorado (9:30pm).
THE LIGHTEST MONTHS
This year, the Gold Cup is scheduled once again, and MLS has allowed a lighter schedule for June. New York plays all of 3 games this month – two at home (Vancouver, Houston) and one away (Philadelphia).
The same will happen in October as well (hosting New England and Chicago, away for Houston) where international friendlies and World Cup Qualifiers will be honored to start the month.
New York will play 6 of their first 10 matches away.
New York will finish the season with 4 of their final 7 matches at home. All of two matches will be played against Western Conference Rivals (away at Seattle, home v. Dallas).
LONGEST HOME STAND
May 19th – June 1st (hosting the LA Galaxy, Houston and Vancouver)
LONGEST ROAD TRIP
New York will be on the road no more than two consecutive games this season. First, in the season opener (Portland, San Jose), again in April (Chicago, DC United), heading into May (Toronto, Columbus), and finally, starting August (Sporting KC, Columbus).
WESTERN CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
New York will be on the road against Portland, San Jose, Colorado, Chivas USA and Seattle while hosting the Galaxy, Vancouver, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.
THE RETURN OF LINDPERE
Sunday, October 27th – 4pm v Chicago (last game of the season)