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MLS First Kick: Chivas USA Open 2012 Season March 11

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Mark your calendars: March 11 will be the home opener for Chivas USA (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Mark your calendars: March 11 will be the home opener for Chivas USA (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Although the 2011 MLS has recently ended, there are people who are already looking ahead to next season. This may help you count the days down - literally. Today, news came out from the league about the home openers for all teams. Chivas USA will start their 2012 campaign on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Home Depot Center. Their opponent is not currently known, but by process of elimination, it could be Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact, Real Salt Lake, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls, or the Houston Dynamo. All of these teams don't open at home until at least the second week of the season.

Feel free to speculate about the opponent in the home opener. Last year, Chivas opened the season against Sporting Kansas City, and it's possible the same could happen again this year. Bear in mind also that the home openers in the first week are mostly situated in the West, so I'm guessing it won't be RSL, although you never know. Reports are that the full schedule will be released much farther in advance this offseason, with projections estimated at January.

Read after the jump to see when all of the league's clubs will be opening their seasons at home.

MLS First Kick - home openers

March 10: Colorado Rapids, DC United, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps

March 11: Chivas USA, FC Dallas

March 12: Portland Timbers

March 17: Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact, Real Salt Lake

March 18: Philadelphia Union

March 24: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC

March 25: New York Red Bulls

May 12: Houston Dynamo (opening new stadium)

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