MLS Schedule Released; Portland Timbers Score 11 Nationally Televised Games

Well I told you guys it would be coming today and here it is! The entire 2012 MLS Schedule has been released in full including the television schedule for each game. It's quite extensive actually.

So, first, before we get to the hard dates, it's worth pointing out the the Portland Timbers will be featured in 11 nationally televised games, (9 if you don't include Galavision). Three matches will appear on ESPN/ESPN2, six on NBC/NBC Sports, and two on Galavision (which will also air locally for those of us who don't speak Spanish.

The big news here is that all three of the Seattle Sounders matches (2 at Jeld-Wen, one away) will be MAJOR features with the first, on June 24th, airing on ESPN, the second, on September 15th, airing on NBC, and the third, on October 7th, airing on ESPN once again. That's three big channels. The NBC one is most exciting due to it being an over the air channel that most people have access to.

Other notables:

The full schedule and breakdown is after the break.

Schedule Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Monday (1), Tuesday, (1), Friday (1), Saturday (11), Sunday (3)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Tuesday (1), Wednesday (4), Saturday (9), Sunday (3)

Home Dates by Month:
March (2), April (2), May (3), June (1), July (3), August (3), September (2), October (1)
Road Dates by Month:
March (2), April (2), May (1), June (2), July (3), August (2), September (3), October (2)

Western Conference Opponents Played Twice at Home:
Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Western Conference Opponents Played Twice Away:
Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake

Eastern Conference Opponents at Home:
Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia Union

Eastern Conference Opponents Away:
Houston Dynamo, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC – Timbers do not travel to an Eastern Conference opponent after Aug. 19.

National TV Matches (12):
ESPN (2), ESPN2 (1), Galavisión (2), NBC (1), NBC Sports Network (6)

2012 Portland Timbers Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (Pacific)

Television

Monday, March 12

PHILADELPHIA UNION

6:30 p.m.

ESPN2

Saturday, March 17

@FC Dallas

5:30 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Saturday, March 24

@New England Revolution

1 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Saturday, March 31

REAL SALT LAKE

7 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Saturday, April 7

CHIVAS USA

7:30 p.m.

KPTV

Saturday, April 14

@LA Galaxy

7:30 p.m.

KPDX

Saturday, April 21

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

7:30 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Saturday, April 28

@Montreal Impact

11 a.m.

KPDX

Saturday, May 5

COLUMBUS CREW

7:30 p.m.

KPTV

Tuesday, May 15

@Houston Dynamo

5:30 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Sunday, May 20

CHICAGO FIRE

4 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS,Galavisión

Saturday, May 26

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

7 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Sunday, June 17

@LA Galaxy

4 p.m.

KPTV

Sunday, June 24

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

2 p.m.

ESPN

Saturday, June 30

@Colorado Rapids

6 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Tuesday, July 3

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

7:30 p.m.

KPTV

Saturday, July 7

@Real Salt Lake

6 p.m.

KPDX

Saturday, July 14

LA GALAXY

8 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Wednesday, July 18

@Chivas USA

1 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Saturday, July 21

@FC Dallas

6 p.m.

KPTV

Saturday, July 28

CHIVAS USA

8 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Sunday, Aug. 5

FC DALLAS

4 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Wednesday, Aug. 15

@Toronto FC

4 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Sunday, Aug. 19

@New York Red Bulls

4 p.m.

KPTV, Galavisión

Saturday, Aug. 25

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

7:30 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Friday, Aug. 31

COLORADO RAPIDS

7:30 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Wednesday, Sept. 5

@Colorado Rapids

6 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, Sept. 15

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

12:30 p.m.

NBC

Wednesday, Sept. 19

@San Jose Earthquakes

7:30 p.m.

KPDX

Saturday, Sept. 22

@Real Salt Lake

5 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, Sept. 29

D.C. UNITED

7:30 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Sunday, Oct. 7

@Seattle Sounders FC

6 p.m.

ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 20

@Vancouver Whitecaps FC

1 p.m.

ROOT SPORTS

Saturday, Oct. 27

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

3:30 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

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