Saturday vs. Sporting K.C. (NBC Sports Network)

What better way to get rid of 2013’s disappointment than with a home win against the defending champs?

April 5 at Portland Timbers (NBC Sports Network)

The country’s best soccer rivalry took a big swing in Portland’s favor last year. This is the first chance at payback.

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July 26 vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (ESPN2)

Could mark the first meeting between Clint Dempsey in Rave Green and Landon Donovan after the stars return from World Cup.

Aug. 2 at San Jose Earthquakes (NBC Sports Network)

Expect a huge crowd at the first game at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of another Seattle rival, the San Francisco 49ers.

Sept. 20 at New York Red Bulls (Ch. 5)

Blowing a lead to the Red Bulls was the start of last season’s collapse; the rematch will be broadcast on NBC proper.

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