NEW YORK -- The Houston Dynamo will open the 2008 Major League Soccer season at New England on March 29, a rematch of the MLS Cup championship game.
The Saturday game, a rematch of Houston's 2-1 victory over the Revolution on Nov. 18 at RFK Stadium in Washington, will highlight a "First Kick" weekend that will include all 14 teams, although a match involving the expansion San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls was still being finalized.
Other games on March 29 will include Toronto at Columbus, Chicago at Real Salt Lake, D.C. United at the Kansas City Wizards and David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy at Colorado.
Chivas USA will travel to FC Dallas on March 30.
The March 29 opening day is the earliest start to an MLS season since 2002, when the league began on March 23. The earliest date MLS began its schedule was March 15 in 1998.
In addition to the first week's schedule, the league on Tuesday released the home openers for all 14 teams. The complete schedule will not be announced until February.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press