The 2014 Revolution Schedule Has Been Released, Contains Very Few Surprises

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It's here! The 2014 MLS schedule is out early this year (don't ask why, nobody seems to know). With the 2013 season still fresh in our minds, we can now start plotting our revenge against Sporting Kansas City, among others.

In a truly unprecedented move, Major League Soccer released its 2014 schedule today, slightly less than two weeks before the current season is even over.

The New England Revolution will open their 2014 slate at Houston on March 8. Following a road match at East Coast rival Philadelphia on March 15, the Revs will open their 17-game home slate at Gillette Stadium against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on March 22.

Six of the team's first nine matches will be played on the road, and the league will take a two-weekend break between June 12 and June 22 during the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Three of the team's matches are currently scheduled to be broadcast nationally on either NBC Sports Network or ESPN2: at Chicago on April 19 (NBCSN), at Kansas City on Sept. 26 (NBCSN), and at Houston on Oct. 16 (ESPN2).

Continuing the scheduling format used in each of the last two seasons, the Revolution will play seven Eastern Conference teams three times each this season: Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Kansas City, Montreal, Philadelphia and Toronto. The Revs will face Chicago, Columbus and Kansas City twice at home and once on the road, while the club will travel twice to Houston, Montreal, Philadelphia and Toronto with one return meeting against each in Foxborough. New England will play two-game series with D.C. and New York. Eastern Conference opponents comprise 25 games of the 34-game schedule.

The remaining nine games will be played against Western Conference opponents as the Revs will face each Western team only one time apiece again in 2014. The Revolution will host Chivas USA, Colorado, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver at Gillette Stadium, and will travel to Dallas, LA, Real Salt Lake and San Jose.

All of the Revolution's matches against its I-95 corridor rivals (IT'S A REAL CUP) - New York, Philadelphia and D.C. - are scheduled for weekends, including all four contests on the road.

There doesn't appear to be a "Rivalry Week" this season, as far as I can tell. Last year it saw New England square off against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park, which resulted in a 1-0 win for the hosts after a 90-minute ugly, rainy slugfest.

Although the Revolution will open up the season on the road yet again, they will at least close out the season with a home game against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.

A crucial stretch for the Revs this upcoming season will be between July 26th and September 13th. During that stretch, New England will play 7 out of 9 games at home. They will visit New York and Toronto during that period, so their travel won't be too exhaustive either.

Here's the full schedule:

2014 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION SCHEDULE
(Subject to change. Updates will be listed on revolutionsoccer.net. All times listed Eastern.)

Day                  Date    Opponent (Location)                                                      Time (ET)   National TV

MARCH

Saturday           8         at Houston Dynamo (Houston, Texas)                               8:30 p.m.

Saturday           15       at Philadelphia Union (Chester, Pa.)                                          TBD

Saturday           22       vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Gillette Stadium)                 2:00 p.m.

Saturday           29       at San Jose Earthquakes (Santa Clara, Calif.)                  10:30 p.m.

APRIL

Saturday           5         at D.C. United (Washington, D.C.)                                    7:00 p.m.

Saturday           12       vs. Houston Dynamo (Gillette Stadium)                             5:00 p.m.

Saturday           19       at Chicago Fire (Bridgeview, Ill.)                                        4:00 p.m.       NBCSN

Saturday           26       vs. Sporting Kansas City (Gillette Stadium)                       7:30 p.m.

MAY

Saturday           3         at Toronto FC (Toronto, Canada)                                              TBD

Sunday             11       vs. Seattle Sounders FC (Gillette Stadium)                        6:00 p.m.

Saturday           17       at Philadelphia Union (Chester, Pa.)                                          TBD

Saturday           24       vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium)                                     7:30 p.m.

Saturday           31       at Montreal Impact (Montreal, Canada)                                      TBD

JUNE

Saturday           7         vs. New York Red Bulls (Gillette Stadium)                         7:30 p.m.

Saturday           28       vs. Philadelphia Union (Gillette Stadium)                           7:30 p.m.

JULY

Friday               4         at Real Salt Lake (Sandy, Utah)                                       10:00 p.m.

Saturday           12       vs. Chicago Fire (Gillette Stadium)                                    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday       16       at LA Galaxy (Carson, Calif.)                                           10:30 p.m.

Saturday           19       at FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas)                                             9:00 p.m.

Saturday           26       vs. Columbus Crew (Gillette Stadium)                               7:30 p.m.

Wednesday       30       vs. Colorado Rapids (Gillette Stadium)                             7:30 p.m.

AUGUST

Saturday           2         at New York Red Bulls (Harrison, N.J.)                                      TBD

Saturday           16       vs. Portland Timbers (Gillette Stadium)                             7:30 p.m.

Saturday           23       vs. Chivas USA (Gillette Stadium)                                     7:30 p.m.

Saturday           30       at Toronto FC (Toronto, Canada)                                              TBD

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday       3         vs. Sporting Kansas City (Gillette Stadium)                       7:30 p.m.

Sunday             7         vs. Chicago Fire (Gillette Stadium)                                    7:00 p.m.

Saturday           13       vs. Montreal Impact (Gillette Stadium)                               7:30 p.m.

Saturday           20       at Columbus Crew (Columbus, Ohio)                                        TBD

Friday               26       at Sporting Kansas City (Kansas City, Kan.)                      8:00 p.m.       NBCSN

OCTOBER

Saturday           4         vs. Columbus Crew (Gillette Stadium)                               7:30 p.m.

Saturday           11       at Montreal Impact (Montreal, Canada)                                      TBD

Thursday           16       at Houston Dynamo (Houston, Texas)                               8:00 p.m.       ESPN2

Saturday           25       vs. Toronto FC (Gillette Stadium)                                      7:30 p.m.

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