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Sporting KC faces 10 road games to start 2011 MLS season

I hope Sporting Kansas City have invested in a decent frequent-flier plan, as they'll start the 2011 MLS campaign with 10 road games before opening their new stadium on June 9. The road trip starts with the First Kick on March 19 against Chivas USA in Los Angeles.

After that, they'll travel to Chicago (March 26), Vancouver (April 2), Columbus (April 16), New England (April 23), New York (April 30), Los Angeles (May 14), Seattle (May 21), Colorado (May 28) and Toronto (June 4).

The team will open their new stadium against the Chicago Fire in their only ESPN-televised game on June 9. The Thursday-night game will kickoff at the family-friendly time of 9 p.m. central.

To make up for the 10-game road start, Kansas City will have a remarkable 9-game home stand starting on July 23 against Toronto and stretching to Sept. 10 against Houston.

How's this for the month of August, all at home: Real Salt Lake (Aug. 3), Seattle Sounders (Aug. 6), Los Angeles Galaxy (Aug. 13), Portland Timbers (Aug. 17), DC United (Aug. 21) and FC Dallas (Aug. 27).

There will be five mid-week fixtures for the team, including the home opener. The others: July 6 against reigning MLS champs Colorado, Aug. 3 against Real Salt Lake, Aug. 17 against expansion Portland and Sept. 28 against Columbus. Except the Chicago game, all starting times are 7:30 p.m. central.

The other notable home games: Vancouver Whitecaps (June 25) and the New York Red Bulls (Oct. 15).

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The other notables:

• A make-or-break stretch for KC should be April 23 to May 28, as the team will play New England, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Colorado (on the road) in succession.