Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MLS Road Trip 2012

Several weeks ago I was sitting on the couch watching Major League Soccer (MLS) and the opening match at the Houston Dynamo's new BBVA Compass Stadium. I thought to myself, wouldn't it be neat to do a road trip to all of the 18 stadiums in major league soccer and take in a match?

Spurred on by the fact that several of my friends in college did a similar road trip to Major League Baseball stadiums, I figured the task would be simple to string home matches together for nearby teams and travel from coast to coast. However, unlike baseball, MLS teams play once a week at best and sometimes can go a full month without a home match.

Regardless of the logistics, I was determined to work out the quickest route to see every team in MLS play a home match this summer. At just over 10,000 miles and two and a half months of time on the road, this is the result.

MLS Road Trip 2012 Map
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The trip starts at one of the worst places in MLS to watch a match, Gillette Stadium iN Foxboro, and ends at one of the best places to watch a match, Jeld-Wen Field in Portland. The goal was to not get "stuck" in any part of the country waiting for matches for more than a few days. The worst part ended up being a mad dash from Salt Lake City non-stop to Dallas for back-to-back matches on consecutive days, but it is possible with the help of a co-pilot (winger). It was also possible to plan around the only back-to-back home matches for Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy even though both teams share the Home Depot Center, just so we didn't play favorites with our LA date.

Please note, all match times are EDT.

Saturday July 14, 7:30PM
Gillette Stadium, Foxoboro, MA
New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

<-- 349 Miles, 6 Hours -->

Wednesday July 18, 8:30PM
Saputo Stadium, Montreal, QC
Montreal Impact v New England Revolution

<-- 557 Km/346 Miles,  6.5 Hours -->

Saturday July 28, 4:30PM
BMO Field, Toronto, ON
Toronto FC v Houston Dynamo

<-- 525 Miles, 9.5 Hours -->

Saturday August 4, 7:30PM
RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
DC United v Columbus Crew

<-- 217 Miles, 4 Hours -->

Friday August 10, 8:00PM
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
NY Red Bulls v Houston Dynamo

<-- 102 Miles, 2 Hours -->

Sunday August 12, 7:00PM
PPL Park, Chester, PA
Philadelphia Union v Chicago Fire

<-- 465 Miles, 8 Hours -->

Wednesday August 15, 7:00PM
Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH
Columbus Crew v LA Galaxy

<-- 359 Miles, 6 Hours -->

Saturday August 18, 8:30PM
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Chicago Fire v New England Revolution

<-- 1074 Miles, 18 Hours -->

Saturday August 25, 8:30PM
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Houston Dynamo v Toronto FC

<-- 784 Miles, 13 Hours -->

Sunday August 26, 9:00PM
Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
Sporting KC v NY Red Bulls

<-- 1074 Miles, 17 Hours -->

Saturday September 1, 9:00PM
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
Real Salt Lake v DC United

<-- 1,216 Miles, 20 Hours -->

Sunday September 2, 7:00pm
FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, TX
FC Dallas v Seattle Sounders

<-- 857 Miles, 14 Hours -->

Wednesday September 5, 9:00PM
Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Colorado Rapids v Portland Timbers

<-- 1,039 Miles 16.5 Hours -->

Saturday September 15, 10:30PM
The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
Chivas USA v San Jose Earthquakes

<-- 0 Miles, 0 Hours -->

Sunday September 16, 7:00PM
The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids

<-- 360 Miles, 6 Hours -->

Wednesday September 19, 10:30PM
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers

<-- 843 Miles, 14 Hours -->

Saturday September 22, 10:30PM
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes

<-- 143 Miles, 3 Hours -->

Sunday September 23, 7:30PM
BC Place, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Whitecaps v Colorado Rapids

<-- 314 Miles, 5.5 Hours)

Saturday September 29, 10:30PM
Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, OR
Portland Timbers v DC United

10,0067 miles (16,201 km for our Canadian followers), 78 days, countless energy drinks, and a little bit of luck and this dream MLS Road Trip could be yours! Maybe MLS will look fondly upon this idea and schedule matches better for the 2013 season so the days on the road are just a little less.


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