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Chicago Fire 2012 Schedule: MLS Season Opens March 17 At Montreal Impact

The 2012 MLS regular-season schedule was released Thursday, and the Chicago Fire will open their season March 17 at the Montreal Impact. Details of the rest of the schedule here.

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 16: Chicago Fire fans light flares during the match between the Chicago Fire and the Portland Timbers during an MLS match on July 16, 2011 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 16: Chicago Fire fans light flares during the match between the Chicago Fire and the Portland Timbers during an MLS match on July 16, 2011 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The 2012 MLS regular-season schedule was released Thursday, and the Chicago Fire will begin their 2012 campaign March 17 at the Montreal Impact. The Fire's home-opener will be March 24 against the visiting Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park.

Here's MLSSoccer.com on Chicago's home-opener:

"The Impact open their home slate against rookie coach Jesse Marsch’s old club. Fair enough. More interestingly, the last time the Impact played at Olympic Stadium, they drew more than 50,000 fans to a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Santos Laguna."

The schedule also features 13 national televised games, including an ESPN Sunday telecast, July 8, vs. the defending champions, LA Galaxy.

"Chicago lucks out," writes the SB Nation Chicago Fire blog Hot Time In Old Town, "with hosting all four of the top 2011 clubs at home: Los Angeles, Seattle, Real Salt Lake and Dallas and not having to do away trips there. The Wednesday, May 23 game at Toyota Park will be the only match-up in the 2012 Brimstone Cup."

For more on the Chicago Fire's 2012 schedule, visit the SB Nation blog Hot Time In Old Town. Meanwhile, SB Nation's Soccer home page has a whole StoryStream devoted to the 2012 MLS Schedule.