MLS has announced its 2014 schedule today, which will kick off on Saturday, March 8th and continue through Sunday, October 26th. In that span teams will play 34 games, 17 at home and 17 on the road. For Western Conference teams, that means playing inter-conference opponents three times.
The LA Galaxy will begin on March 8th with a home match against Real Salt Lake and end on Saturday, October 25th with a road match at Seattle Sounders. There will be a two week break for the group stage of the World Cup, with the last matches played on June 11th.
Like last season, the Galaxy will participate in a rivalry heavy slate in April taking on Chivas USA in the first "SuperClasico" of the season. Chivas is the host on two of the three LA rivalry match ups. The Galaxy won't face their California rivals San Jose until June 28th on the road at Stanford Stadium, and won't host them until August 8th.
ESPN will pick up 20 MLS matches including the lone battle between LA and NY (Galaxy host) on September 28th. NBC Sports picked up 38 MLS matches, six which will be paired back to back with EPL coverage. There will also be a Friday Night MLS match starting June 27th.
The Galaxy will host Portland Timbers for their annual Fourth of July match, which will be broadcast as part of a doubleheader on NBC Sports.
All October matches except for LA hosting Toronto on October 4th, are intra-conference match ups in an effort to build suspense in the playoff race. LA will have to fly to Dallas in October, and face Seattle twice (home and away) in the final two weeks.
All 323 MLS matches have planned television broadcasts, and 90% of the match ups take place on the weekends. The Galaxy have four Wednesday matches, though that might change if LA moves matches around for the early season CONCACAF Champions League bouts.
CCL and Landon Donovan trying to break the MLS All-Time scoring record will be early season story lines, with LA facing Mike Magee for the first time and Greg Berhalter facing Bruce Arena for the first time later stories.