Major League Soccer announced today the starting dates for the 2012, 17th overall, Season.
D.C. United will play its first match at home on March 10, 2012 with a yet to be determined opponent.
Also opening at home on the same day will be the defending MLS Cup and Supporters Shield Champion, LA Galaxy, along with the Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
MLS also announced that the Houston Dynamo will open their new facility on Saturday May 12th, 2012.
DC United, who finished 7th in the Eastern Conference Standings is eager to get back on the pitch. League MVP Dwayne De Rosario on receiving his MVP award stated that his primary goal would be to get D.C. United back to where it belongs, on top.
To that end United also added veteran defender Robbie Russel in an exchange with Real Salt Lake. For the veteran defender United gave up a third round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.