Michael Perez, AP
Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis walks of the field at the end of an MLS soccer game against the Philadelphia Union on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Chester, Pa. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

SANDY — If Real Salt Lake survives a tough early stretch in 2013, a favorable home schedule should help it compete for the Western Conference title once again this season.

MLS announced schedules for all teams Wednesday, and RSL plays five of its first seven games on the road, including its season opener at San Jose on Sunday, March 3.

That will be RSL’s only visit to the defending Supporters' Shield winners. After playing San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle all twice on the road last year, Real Salt Lake will host those three teams at Rio Tinto Stadium in two of three meetings in 2013.

That includes a three-game stretch in June in which RSL hosts San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle in succession.

The other team RSL will host twice is Chivas USA.

The four Western Conference teams coach Jason Kreis’ team will visit twice this year are Portland — which features former RSL midfielder Will Johnson — Dallas, Vancouver and Colorado.

Thirteen of Real Salt Lake’s 17 home games are on Saturday nights, with one Friday night game and two Wednesday night games. One of those Wednesday games is a July 3 visit from Philadelphia, one of four holiday games on the home schedule.

RSL hosts Chicago on Memorial Day weekend (May 25), Philadelphia on Independence Day weekend (July 3), Sporting Kansas City on Pioneer Day weekend (July 20) and Portland on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30).

Real Salt Lake’s only game against New York in 2013 will be on the road, which means fans won’t have an opportunity to see Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave play at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2013. The two RSL veterans were traded to New York in the offseason.

Here’s a complete look at the 2013 regular season schedule:

2013 Real Salt Lake Schedule

Date … Opponent, Time

Sat., March 3 … at San Jose, 8 p.m.

Sat., March 9 … at D.C. United, 5 p.m.

Sat., March 16 … COLORADO, 3:30 p.m.

Sat., March 23 … at FC Dallas, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., March 30 … SEATTLE, 7 p.m.

Sat., April 6 … at Colorado, 1:30 p.m.

Sat., April 13 … at Vancouver, TBD

Sat., April 20 … CHIVAS USA, 7 p.m.

Sat., April 27 … L.A. GALAXY, 7 p.m.

Sat., May 4 … VANCOUVER, 7 p.m.

Wed., May 8 … at New England, 6 p.m.

Sat., May 11 … at Montreal, TBD

Sun., May 19 … at Chivas USA, 8:30 p.m.

Sat., May 25 … CHICAGO, 7 p.m.

Sat., June 1 … SAN JOSE, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., June 8 … L.A. GALAXY, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., June 22 … SEATTLE, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., June 29 … at Toronto, TBD

Wed., July 3 … PHILADELPHIA, 8 p.m.

Sat., July 13 … at FC Dallas, 7 p.m.

Sat., July 20 … KANSAS CITY, 8 p.m.

Sat., July 27 … at New York, 5 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 3 … at Colorado, 7 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 10 … HOUSTON, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 17 … at L.A. Galaxy, 8:30 p.m.

Wed., Aug 21 … at Portland, 9 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 24 … COLUMBUS, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 30 … PORTLAND, 8 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 13 … at Seattle, 8 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 21 … SAN JOSE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 28 … at Vancouver, TBD

Sat., Oct. 5 … DALLAS, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 19 … at Portland, 8:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 23 … CHIVAS USA, 7 p.m.