Because we simply haven't seem them enough already, and because there's certainly no underlying narrative when these two teams face off, Real Salt Lake will travel to Portland to face the Timbers to start the season on March 7.
We can't wait. Nat Borchers and his Salt Lake return, Will Johnson and his vaguely-out-of-sortsedness at Timbers — it's bound to be a good match. We hope.
Or, you know, it could be a boring 0-0 draw, which would be just as well, too. The match doesn't seem to be on national TV, which is slightly paining, but I suppose there are 18 other teams in the league demanding attention. You can't get all of them.
No word yet if New York City FC will have traded for every Real Salt Lake player by that point, but it does appear that RSL will indeed have some players left to play in that match.
The home opener will be a week later against Philadelphia Union on March 14, which we have significantly less to say about.