2010 MLS season opener features Philadelphia at Seattle
The Philadelphia Union will make its MLS bow on that date when it plays the Sounders at Qwest Field. In other words, the first game of 2010 will be played in the same place as the last game of 2009. This year's MLS Cup final will be played Nov. 22 in Seattle.
Philadelphia will become the league's 16th team but will have a difficult time matching the success of the expansion Sounders, who have sold out every game this season and are on course to break the league's attendance record. Seattle, owned by Joe Roth, coached by Sigi Schmid and inspired by Drew Carey, is averaging 30,739 per game at Qwest Field.
Elsewhere, Chivas USA and the Galaxy will both open at home on the same weekend. The Galaxy plays host to the New England Revolution on March 27 while Chivas USA will open against the Colorado Rapids on March 28.
-- Grahame L. Jones
Photo: The Seattle Sounders play Chelsea FC during a friendly match on July 18. Credit: Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images