Major League Soccer released the schedule for the 2013 season Wednesday with a new wrinkle it calls Rivalry Week.
Eight of the nine matches in Week 3 of the season will see regional rivals facing off, including the first match of the season between the Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers on March 16.
The first match between the Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be June 8.
The Sounders will get its first look at the MLSCupChampion L.A. Galaxy on May 26.
All 323 league matches will be televised live, with 87 being televised nationally.
The Sounders are scheduled for 14 nationally televised matches. Other Sounders matches will air on KING 5 or KONG 6/16.