Sounders FC will play in the league's first game of the 2009 season, against the New York Red Bulls at Qwest Field on March 19.

Seattle Sounders FC will kick off the 2009 Major League Soccer regular season against the New York Red Bulls on a Thursday night, March 19, at Qwest Field, according to a source with knowledge of the schedule.

The match, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and ESPNDeportes (Spanish), will start at 6 p.m. It will be the opening game of the entire MLS regular season. The Red Bulls lost in the MLS Cup, the league championship game, to Columbus on Nov. 23.

MLS will announce the game Tuesday, along with the schedule for the league’s first week of matches, and also the home openers for every team. The full MLS schedule will be announced in January.