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Chicago Fire opens season vs. MLS champs

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The Chicago Fire will begin its 16th season on the road against two-time defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on March 3, 2013, then return to host the New England Revolution for Opening Day at Toyota Park on March 9, club officials announced Tuesday.

The Fire, which finished with a 17-11-6 record in 2012, will also hit the road to play Sporting Kansas City on March 16 to round out the first three matches of the club's 2013 Major League Soccer campaign. Season tickets and holiday gift packs are available at 1-888-MLS-FIRE, via Ticketmaster or at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

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Times, broadcast details and additional information for the Fire's 34-game schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are the dates of the 2013 home openers for all 19 MLS clubs are below:

WEEK 1

Saturday, March 2:

Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (PPL Park)

FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (FC Dallas Stadium)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)

Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United (BBVA Compass Stadium)

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact (CenturyLink Field)

Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew (The Home Depot Center)

Sunday, March 3:

LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (The Home Depot Center)

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls (Jeld-Wen Field)

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake (Buck Shaw Stadium)

WEEK 2

Saturday, March 9:

Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (Rogers Centre)

D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake (RFK Stadium)

Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union (Dick's Sporting Goods Park)

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park)

WEEK 3

Saturday, March 16:

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (LIVESTRONG Sporting Park)

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Olympic Stadium)

Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Crew Stadium)

WEEK 4

Saturday, March 23:

New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium)

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