2014 MLS Schedule - Rapids To Open Against Earthquakes

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The 2014 MLS season will open on March 9th, with the Rapids on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 2014 MLS Schedule is out. No, don't rub your eyes, it didn't suddenly become February while you weren't looking. Instead, they just released it way earlier than usual. I prefer it this way, don't you?

Here's a link to the Rapids-specific chunk of the schedule. They'll open against the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw stadium on March 9th, and will get their home opener a while later, on March 22nd. Here's a few initial thoughts looking at the schedule for 2014:

* Holy crap, that's a tough opening month. The last two seasons' Supporters' Shield winners, both on the road, to start the season off. After that, a home game against the top team in the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference's MLS Cup finalist from this season. Colorado's gonna get a really quick chance to show us if they're ready for prime time.

* Unlike 2012, the Rocky Mountain Cup is back in a staggered form, which means that RSL won't have a chance to win the Cup back before they ever play a game in Colorado.

* Vancouver away is the last game of the year again. Don't toy with us, schedule-makers!

What are your thoughts on next season, gang?

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