GALAXY: 2012 MLS schedule

There will be no MLS Cup rematch in Carson, but the Galaxy will be home this year against Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls.

Major League Soccer on Thursday announced its 2012 schedule, and the Galaxy will open at home March 10 against Real Salt Lake, one of two visits the Utahns will make to Home Depot Center to play L.A.

The Red Bulls game is May 5. Other highlights of the schedule include the traditional Fourth of July celebration (against Philadelphia) and Seattle's visit on Oct. 28, the last day of the regular season.

Changes in the format, with the Montreal Impact arriving as the league's 19th team, have the Galaxy playing each of their Western Conference rivals three times and the 10 Eastern teams just once. The Galaxy also will be home twice against FC Dallas, Portland and Vancouver and play away twice against Chivas USA and at Colorado, San Jose and Seattle.

The Galaxy will be home against Chivas USA on July 21, and the Goats will be the home team May 19 and Aug. 12.

Eastern clubs D.C. United, New England, Philadelphia and Toronto FC will visit, and the Galaxy will play at Chicago, Columbus, Montreal, Sporting Kansas City and, in a May 26 rematch of November's MLS Cup final, in Houston.

Of the no-shows, only Columbus isn't scheduled for an HDC appearance; the others will play road games against Chivas USA.

L.A. is home for its first three and six of its first nine games -- add in a CONCACAF Champions League home game against Toronto on March 14 -- and it plays four in a row at home from Aug. 26 to Sept. 22. There are seven road games in an eight-game stretch in July and August, but one is against Chivas and three are in the Pacific Northwest, where summer heat is not an issue.

The regular season runs later than it ever has, and an added playoff game pushes the MLS Cup game to Dec. 1, also the latest in league history. The host will be the higher-seeded finalist, and it could be interesting if Real Salt Lake, Colorado, Columbus, D.C. United or any of the northeastern clubs are home.

Remember the first MLS Cup? Oct. 20.

Here's the schedule (home games in bold, all times Pacific, with national television listings):

March 10 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m.

March 18 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m. (Galavision)

March 31 vs. New England, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)

April 7 at Sporting Kansas City, 2 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)

April 14 vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m.

April 21 at Colorado, 6 p.m.

April 28 vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

May 2 at Seattle, 7 p.m.

May 5 vs. New York, 5 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

May 12 at Montreal, 1 p.m.

May 19 at Chivas USA, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)

May 23 vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m.

May 26 at Houston, 11:30 a.m. (NBC Sports)

June 17 vs. Portland, 4 p.m.

June 20 at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m.

June 23 vs. Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.

June 30 at San Jose, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)

July 4 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

July 8 at Chicago, noon (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

July 14 at Portland, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)

July 18 at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

July 21 vs. Chivas USA, 7 p.m. (Galavision)

July 28 at FC Dallas, 5 p.m. (NBC Sports)

Aug. 5 at Seattle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)

Aug. 12 at Chivas USA, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)

Aug. 15 at Columbus, 5 p.m. (NBC Sports)

Aug. 26 vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. (NBC Sports)

Sept. 1 vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Colorado, 4 p.m. (Galavision)

Sept. 22 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Colorado, 4 p.m. (Galavision)

Oct. 6 vs. Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. (NBC Sports)

Oct. 21 at San Jose, 4 p.m. (Galavision)

Oct. 28 vs. Seattle, 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)