First Kick 2013: Houston Dynamo will face D.C. United in Eastern Conference Championship rematch

Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Major League Soccer has released the home openers for each of the 19 clubs. The Houston Dynamo will face off with a familiar foe in D.C. United.

Earlier today, Major League Soccer announced the home openers for all 19 clubs.

On March 2, BBVA Compass Stadium will open its 2013 season by welcoming back a familiar foe. The Houston Dynamo will host D.C. United in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Championship.

Last year, the Dynamo's new home opened its doors for the first time on May 12 against DC, who have a couple of former Dynamo players in their organization. Brad Davis' left footed strike stole the show, sending the Dynamo to a 1-0 victory over Dwayne de Rosario and the black and red.

On July 15, the Dynamo once again welcomed DCU to Houston in a wild one. Bill Hamid was sent off early in the match, and the Dynamo went on to capitalize on United's misfortune in a 4-0 lopsided victory.

Finally, in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, the Dynamo secured a 3-1 victory behind the largest crowd to see a game at BBVA Compass Stadium ever. Houston would go on to advance to the MLS Cup on aggregate score after the return leg in RFK Stadium.

Couple of notes regarding Houston's dominance over D.C. United in Houston.

The two clubs have faced off 9 times in Houston.
Houston has a dominating record of 8 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw.
In those 9 games, the Dynamo have outscored United 20-5.
Will Bruin has been unstoppable against D.C. with 7 goals all time.

Who's ready for March 2? What do you think of the opening day opponent?

Here are the rest of the MLS First Kick home openers announced today:

WEEK 1

Saturday, March 2:
Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (PPL Park)
FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (FC Dallas Stadium)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC (BC Place)
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact (CenturyLink Field)
Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew (The Home Depot Center)

Sunday, March 3:
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire (The Home Depot Center)
Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls (Jeld-Wen Field)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake (Buck Shaw Stadium)

WEEK 2

Saturday, March 9:
Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (Rogers Centre)
D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake (RFK Stadium)
Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union (Dick's Sporting Goods Park)
Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park)

WEEK 3

Saturday, March 16:
New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Red Bull Arena)
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (LiveStrong Sporting Park)
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids (Rio Tinto Stadium)
Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC (Olympic Stadium)
Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Crew Stadium)

WEEK 4

Saturday, March 23:
New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas (Gillette Stadium)

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