Quakes announce 2013 schedule

Quakes will host Real Salt Lake on March 3 in farewell season at Buck Shaw

Nine nationally televised games and a June 29 date with the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium highlight the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2013 schedule as MLS unveiled its full offering for the upcoming season on Wednesday. The club opens against Real Salt Lake on Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. PT. The full television and radio broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date.

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Major League Soccer returns to Stanford Stadium for the third-consecutive year. The 2013 event will feature the defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. That match will end a season-long four-game road trip for the Earthquakes, a stretch that begins on May 25 against FC Dallas.

San Jose was tabbed for nine nationally televised matches, three more than in 2012. The club will host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. and Philadelphia Union on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and will have their Sunday, Oct. 20 away game against the LA Galaxy broadcast on ESPN at 6 p.m. Additionally, NBC Sports Network will televise matches in Portland on Sunday, April 14 and at home against FC Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Spanish network UniMas will carry four different Earthquakes games.

The Quakes play six out of seven matches on the road between May 25 and July 6 with the June 29 game at Stanford Stadium the lone home fixture during that stretch. However, the club will return to Buck Shaw for four of its next five thereafter.

Fans can purchase individual tickets to the club’s home opener starting Thursday at 10 a.m. through a special Visa Signature Presale at www.sjearthquakes.com. Tickets will be available publicly on Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at www.sjearthquakes.com or by calling 1-800-225-2277. Fans can also take advantage of season ticket packages by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com/2013 or by calling 408-556-7700.