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New England Revolution announces 2009 schedule

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution today announced its 2009 regular-season schedule, a 30-game slate that begins March 21 and ends on Oct. 25. Rivalry matches against opponents like Houston, D.C., LA and Chicago highlight the schedule, which features 15 home matches at Gillette Stadium. The schedule also includes a three-week break from Major League Soccer action so that the Revolution can defend its SuperLiga title, beginning in mid-June.

Eight of the Revs' matches will be nationally televised on one of Major League Soccer's three broadcast partners - ESPN2/ABC, Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Soccer en Español and Telefutura - while TV38 (WSBK-TV), the team's exclusive regional broadcast partner, will carry 24 matches.

Following road trips to San Jose and MLS Cup runner-up New York to open the season, the Revolution kicks off the 2009 home schedule against FC Dallas on Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. The Revs have defeated Dallas in each of the last seven meetings overall, including in the championship match of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, giving New England its first-ever tournament title.

ESPN2 will televise the Revs' road match at rival D.C. United on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m., before the Revs return home on Sunday, May 3, to host the Houston Dynamo at 3 p.m. The Revs are undefeated in six regular-season meetings against Houston since the team entered the league in 2006, and the teams have met in three championship matches in the last three years, including MLS Cup 2006, MLS Cup 2007 and SuperLiga 2008.

The Revs host D.C. United in the Black-and-Red's only trip to Foxborough in 2009 on Saturday, May 30, before welcoming the New York Red Bulls in on Sunday, June 7. New England's schedule has been cleared for three weeks - June 14-July 3 - to play in the group stage of SuperLiga 2009. The full SuperLiga 2009 schedule and international participants will be released at a later date.

The LA Galaxy will come to Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 8, in a nationally-televised match on Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Soccer en Español. First-year club Seattle Sounders FC makes its first-ever appearance in Foxborough on Saturday, Sept. 26, followed by a match against the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The Revolution then closes its 2009 regular-season home schedule against bitter rival, the Chicago Fire, on Saturday, Oct. 17. The teams have met each of the last four years - and six of the last eight years overall - in the MLS Cup Playoffs. New England's final game of the 2009 season will be at Columbus on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Revolution season ticket packages - which include tickets to all 15 Revolution home games, five additional soccer events and free parking, among many other amenities - and multiple-game packages are on sale now. Call 1-877-GET-REVS or visit www.revolutionsoccer.net for more information.