The 2012 Houston Dynamo MLS Schedule Has Arrived

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SETS. With six national TV dates set for games at BBVA Compass Stadium, the orange haze will reign supreme in Texas this year.

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.

Sunday, March 11, 6 p.m. at Chivas USA - Galavisión
Sunday, March 18, TBD at San Jose Earthquakes
Friday, March 23, 9 p.m. at Seattle Sounders
Sunday, April 15, 6 p.m. at Chicago Fire - Galavisión
Saturday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. at Columbus Crew
Saturday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. at D.C. United
Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m. at New York Red Bulls
Saturday, May 12, 3:30 p.m. vs. D.C. United - NBCSN
Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.vs. Portland Timbers
Saturday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at New England Revolution
Saturday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, June 10, TBD at Vancouver Whitecaps
Saturday, June 16, 4 p.m. vs. FC Dallas - ESPN2
Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m. vs. Toronto FC
Saturday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. at Montreal Impact
Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Union
Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. at Sporting Kansas City
Sunday, July 15, 8 p.m. vs. D.C. United - Galavisión
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. vs. Sporting Kansas City
Saturday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. vs. Montreal Impact
Saturday, July 28, 3:30 p.m. at Toronto FC
Friday, August 3, 7 p.m. vs. New York Red Bulls
Friday, August 10 7 p.m. at New York Red Bulls
Sunday, August 19, 8 p.m. vs. Columbus Crew
Saturday, August 25, 7:30 p.m. vs. Toronto FC
Sunday, September 2, 6 p.m. at Chicago Fire - Galavisión
Thursday, September 6, 7:30 p.m. vs. Real Salt Lake
Friday, September 14, 7:30 p.m. at Sporting Kansas City - NBCSN
Sunday, September 23, 4 p.m. at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, September 29, 7:30 p.m. vs. New England Revolution
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 p.m. vs. Montreal Impact
Saturday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Union - NBCSN
Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m. vs. Colorado Rapids

All times CT.

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