At last, it's here!
The 2012 Houston Dynamo schedule was released today, along with the rest of the league, so we can now begin preparing road trips and all the other particulars that fans need to do to properly ready themselves for the upcoming season. It's also a time for criticism and complaining about certain elements of the schedule, but it appears that other than some general distaste over the unbalanced schedule, the opinions are pretty positive.
I'm a big fan of the fact that no games will be played on FIFA international dates, unless the two teams mutually agree to switch to that date if no other scheduling option can be worked out. MLS has slowly been acknowledged the international calender more and more and it seems this season, they've finally done so to the fullest extent possible.
The only complaints from a Dynamo perspective? Seven matches played Sunday or on a weekday, which is due to the compressed time line with the stadium not being ready until May. Also, there's only one match against FC Dallas which kind of kills that rivalry a little bit. Not the end of the world though.
Some of the highlights include:
BBVA Compass Stadium Opening Day: Saturday, May 12, 3:30 p.m. vs. DC United
Lone Match vs. FC Dallas: Saturday, June 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium on NBC Sports Network
Jesse Marsch and Montreal come to town twice...he should get a warm reception.
Beckhamania comes to Houston (assuming he's not injured or suspended) on Saturday, May 26
One match on ESPN2, three matches on NBCSN, 4 matches on Galavision.
The complete 2012 schedule is after the jump.