MLS unveils 2012 schedule

Steel yourself.

The 323-game season, which begins March 10 and concludes Dec. 1 with MLS Cup, is the longest in league history at 267 days.

Each of the league’s 19 clubs will play 34 matches, 17 at home and 17 away, during the 34 week season.

And get ready for saturation television coverage.

A total of 89 games will be televised live nationally by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Univision. More than 83% of all MLS games will take place on weekends or holidays, with every day of the week having at least one scheduled match during the year.

I always look for a tasty road trip.

Galaxy fans might want to consider games on July 14 and 19 in Portland and Vancouver respectively. You just can’t beat those microbreweries in that part of the world.

For the truly ambitious, the Galaxy’s longest road trip of the year goes from July 28 to Aug.15 and includes games against FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders FC, Chivas USA (well, OK, maybe that HDC game doesn’t count) and the Columbus Crew.

Chivas USA fans might be eying games Sept. 2 and 8 in San Jose and Seattle respectively, assuming the club is still in the playoff mix at that relatively late stage of the season.

Also, the Galaxy’s longest homestand of the year runs from Aug. 26-Sept. 22 and includes games against FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC.

Check out:

*The complete Galaxy schedule here.

*The complete Chivas USA schedule here.

*The national television schedule here.

*The complete MLS schedule you can download to that new iPad/tablet/iPhone/Android you got for whatever holiday you celebrate here.

Game on.

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