Five key games for Sounders
Sounders FC opens the MLS season Saturday at CenturyLink Field against defending champion Sporting Kansas City.
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Saturday vs. Sporting K.C. (NBC Sports Network)
What better way to get rid of 2013’s disappointment than with a home win against the defending champs?
April 5 at Portland Timbers (NBC Sports Network)
The country’s best soccer rivalry took a big swing in Portland’s favor last year. This is the first chance at payback.
July 26 vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (ESPN2)
Could mark the first meeting between Clint Dempsey in Rave Green and Landon Donovan after the stars return from World Cup.
Aug. 2 at San Jose Earthquakes (NBC Sports Network)
Expect a huge crowd at the first game at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of another Seattle rival, the San Francisco 49ers.
Sept. 20 at New York Red Bulls (Ch. 5)
Blowing a lead to the Red Bulls was the start of last season’s collapse; the rematch will be broadcast on NBC proper.