Bring on 2012! See the Union’s schedule below or head here.
A couple notes:
The Union will feature on national television 14 times, ending the season on NBC proper at PPL Park as they host the New York Red Bulls.
Some former players will come on back to Philly. Justin Mapp and Montreal will visit July 14th. Shea Salinas and San Jose, April 28th.
The Union will get a double glimpse of Houston’s new home – BBVA Compass Stadium – on June 30th.
It’s a little odd that we get the upper hand in rivalries – New York, DC United, and New England will visit PPL Park twice and only away once. That could be why we have a challenging away line-up vs. most Western Conference squads: Los Angeles, Portland, FC Dallas, Seattle. Surprisingly, the scheduling committee decided to not allow the defending champion Galaxy into the Northeast Corridor this year – no games at all at New England, New York, Philadelphia, or DC. Don’t really get that though that should mean that Los Angeles will have a brutal time in the Northeast come 2013.
The last week of the season should be interesting to say the least. Three games in a week – two away vs. Houston and Kansas City respectively and then back home to take on New York. Hmm.
Big gap from May 26th to June 16th. Insert international friendly here?
This will be the longest season yet for the Union. Starting March 12th and hopefully ending December 1st (MLS Cup). That’s 265 days of Union! More if you count preseason. It’s startling and awesome all rolled into one.
Which dates are you circling? Planning any road trips?