Chivas USA announces 2013 MLS schedule

The Galaxy will renew its Home Depot Center rivalry with the Houston Dynamo on May 5, highlighting a 34-game regular-season schedule released Wednesday.

The Galaxy beat the Dynamo in each of the last two Major League Soccer championship games, both of which were played at the Galaxy’s home in Carson. The Galaxy will open the longest MLS season in history on March 3 —  a week earlier than last year — by playing host to the Chicago Fire. The season finale will be  Oct. 27 in Seattle.

Fifteen of the team’s 17 home games are weekend dates, and the Galaxy’s farthest road trip will take it to New York and Philadelphia, part of a season-long three-game tour in mid May.

Half of the Galaxy’s 34 regular-season games will be televised on one of Major League Soccer’s three national broadcast partners – ESPN, NBC or Univision.

Chivas USA, the Galaxy’s Home Depot Center roommate, opens its season at home on March 2, playing host to the Columbus Crew. Chivas also gets a home date with Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 25. But with the Galaxy home on May 5, Chivas will be forced to play in Kansas City on Cinco de Mayo, typically one of the team’s favorite game dates.

Chivas ends its season at home on Oct. 26 against the Portland Timbers.

-Kevin Baxter