New York Red Bulls Release 2011 Regular Season MLS Schedule

Much like their energy-drink namesake, the New York Red Bulls are known for top-flight speed and performance under pressure.  However, the upcoming year is expected to be grueling due to the expansion of the MLS regular season schedule to 34 games. Last season, each club played only 30 matches and the addition of four more is sure to be tiresome coming down the stretch in October. In determining the schedule, MLS commissioner Don Garber said the decision came down to two different approaches. One idea was to maintain the balanced format of 2010 in which every team plays the others the same number of times and the other option was to move back to an unbalanced schedule that promotes rivalries. It appears that the final selection was a combination of the two choices, as the Red Bulls play a balanced schedule, but have plenty of games against their natural rivals. The Red Bulls will be kicking off the season against the Seattle Sounders FC at Red Bull Arena on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and then head to Ohio to battle the Columbus Crew on March 26 for their first road match. On April 9, the Red Bulls will continue their intense rivalry against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in a showdown that will ...
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