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Sounders FC to Open Against New York

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Sounders FC will get a national
audience for the first game in franchise history.

The Sounders will open the 2009 Major League Soccer season
hosting the New York Red Bulls on March 19, the team announced
Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

The complete schedule will be announced in February.

Seattle will become the 15th team in the MLS. New York reached
the MLS Cup this season, losing to Columbus in the final.

Sounders majority owner Joe Roth says the selection by the
league to play the first game of the season in Seattle presents an
opportunity to show the city's excitement for the expansion team to
a national audience.
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