The Utah Freezz struggled with the second game of back-to-back matches last year immensely. They'd better figure out a way of improving on that stat, because nine of Utah's 24 regular-season games occur the night following a game.

Surprisingly, though, Freezz general manager Ted Roberts likes it. "I am excited about the number of weekend dates we received (six on Saturday, four on Friday)," he said. "We need to improve our record on back-to-back games, but I think we are ready for the challenge."Last year, Utah was 0-4 on the second night of back-to-back soccer matches.

The Freezz will play 24 games this year, two more than last season. Utah's first exhibition game will be July 29 against either Brazil or England. Utah's first WISL game is Aug. 4 at Sacramento, the defending champions.

UTAH FREEZZ 2000 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent

July 29 EXHIBITION

Aug. 4 at Sacramento

Aug. 12 at St. Louis

Aug. 18 at Arizona

Aug. 19 MONTERREY

Aug. 25 at Arizona

Aug. 26 ARIZONA

Sept. 2 at Houston

Sept 3. at Monterrey

Sept. 8 SACRAMENTO

Sept. 9 at Dallas

Sept. 15 HOUSTON

Sept. 16 at Sacramento

Sept. 18 EXHIBITION

Sept. 29 ST. LOUIS

Sept. 30 DALLAS

Oct. 7 at Dallas

Oct. 8 at Monterrey

Oct. 11 SACRAMENTO

Oct. 20 DALLAS

Oct. 21 ARIZONA

Oct. 30 MONTERREY

Nov. 3 at St. Louis

Nov. 4 at Houston

Nov. 16 HOUSTON

Nov. 18 ST. LOUIS