Reports from Toronto are suggesting that it will be an early start to the 2012 MLS season.
Speaking at the annual season ticket holders town hall meeting yesterday, TFC executives said that the 2012 season is expected to start on the week of March 10. If history is any indication that would mean the First Kick game would go Thursday, March 8.
It would represent the earliest start to am MLS season. The league wants to break for each of the three World Cup qualifying breaks in 2012, thus necessitating the early kick-off.
It was indicated that the league plans to play a 34 game schedule again. How that schedule would be composed was not revealed.
It's highly unlikely that TFC would play March home dates at BMO Field because of the cost associated with getting the pitch ready. It was strongly suggested that if the Reds advance to the CONCACAF Champions League that the games would be played at Rogers Centre, the near 50,000 seat home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
At the meeting it was also suggested that TFC fans "circle April 7 on their calendar," leading some to speculate that would be the date of the first MLS game between historic rivals Montreal and Toronto.