Key dates for 2010 MLS season

The Major League Soccer season is still two months away, but training camp is just around the corner for many teams. Here’s a list of some key dates and notes released by the league heading into the 2010 season:

2010 Notes

Every team will play each of the other 15 teams twice in an evenly-balanced, 30-game regular season
A two-week break in play during group phase of the FIFA World Cup.
The grand opening of Red Bull Arena on March 27: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire
The grand opening of Union Field in Chester, Pa. this summer

2010 Key Dates

Jan. 21 — April 15: Primary Registration Window (Players under contract in other countries may be signed by MLS clubs)

Jan. 22: Teams permitted to begin preseason training

Feb. 25 & 27: Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic near Orlando, Fla.
(FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC)

March 1: Roster and Salary Budget Compliance Deadline (20 Senior, 4 Developmental Players)

March 9: CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal: Columbus Crew vs. Toluca (MEX) (8 p.m. ET, FSC)

March 13-20: Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
(D.C. United, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC & Charleston Battery)

March 17: CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal: Columbus Crew vs. Toluca (MEX) (8 p.m. ET, FSC)

March 25: First Kick 2010 — Philadelphia at Seattle (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/Deportes)

March 27-28: 2010 MLS Opening Weekend — Click here for schedule of games

March 27: Grand Opening of Red Bull Arena as the New York Red Bulls host the Chicago Fire (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2/Deportes)

May 16: FIFA mandated final match day at club level for players pre-selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

June 11: The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins & MLS takes a two-week break in league play

June 12: U.S. national team begins group play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against England (2:30 p.m. ET)

June 18: USA vs. Slovenia, 2010 FIFA World Cup (10 a.m. ET)

June 23: USA vs. Algeria, 20101 FIFA World Cup (10 a.m. ET)

June 26: MLS play resumes

July 11: FIFA World Cup Final – Johannesburg, South Africa

TBD (Late July/Early August): 2010 MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas

TBD (Late July thru August): SuperLiga 2010
(MLS clubs: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution)

July 27: CONCACAF Champions League – Preliminary Round
(LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC)

Aug 5: CONCACAF Champions League — Group Stage
(Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake)

Oct. 24: MLS regular season ends

Oct. 28-30: MLS Cup Playoffs begin

Nov. 21: 2010 MLS Cup (neutral site TBD)

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