I know you can never read too much into how a team does at the start of the season but I think for RSL this year you can. First they will have two hugely important matches in CCL against a top level opponent in Tigres that should help get them ready for MLS action. Second, the first 6 matches are huge as 3 of our 4 home matches before the May to mid June grass replacement at Rio Tinto will take place in the first batch of matches. So let’s take a closer look at those first 6 matches:
- Opening Day – at Orlando FC – Sunday, March 6th
- You can expect a very full house in Orlando for their kickoff of their second season in MLS, in fact they are trying to again get 62,000 plus fans into the Citrus Bowl. Last year RSL was unable to take advantage of a Kaka red card and settled for a 1-1 home draw on July 4th. In a battle of teams that embrace lions, RSL should be able to win the battle of Prides to open the season on a positive note.
- Home Opener – Seattle – Saturday, March 12th
- Every match with the Sounders has been a battle as the two sides seem to bring out the best in each other. Over the last 5 years we are 6-2-5 facing the Sounders, 4-1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the Sounders adjusting to life without Obafemi Martins there may be no better time to lay a beat down on them than our home opener. A early match that will have points on the line that could decide playoff positioning.