NEW YORK — On Monday FC Tucson and Major League Soccer revealed the six-team field for the 2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake will join FC Tucson of the USL’s Premier Development League in the third edition of the MLS preseason tournament that will run from February 19 until March 1.
This year’s tournament will consist of four days of tripleheaders with the final day culminating with the championship game. The first three match days will be played at the brand new North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. The finals, on March 1, will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“We are thrilled to be in a multi-year partnership with Major League Soccer as the official Western Hub of MLS Preseason,” said the FC Tucson ownership group in a joint statement. “We look forward to providing all 11 teams and their visiting fans a first class soccer experience to launch the 2014 MLS campaign.”
Five additional MLS teams – Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC – will participate in preseason friendlies in Tucson in early February. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will visit Tucson for a behind-closed-doors preseason friendly against the Dynamo.
A full schedule, including ticket information, for all of the MLS Preseason games in Tucson can be found at www.FCTucson.com.
Pre-Cup Schedule (all matches at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex)
(All times local MT)
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 3:00 p.m.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 6:00 p.m.
2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup
(All times local MT)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex)
Chivas USA vs. FC Tucson, 1:00 p.m.
Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire, 3:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 (North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex)
FC Tucson vs. Colorado Rapids, 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake, 3:30 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex)
Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire, 1:00 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids, 3:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Tucson, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium)
5th Place vs. 6th Place, 2:30 p.m.
3rd Place vs. 4th Place, 5:00 p.m.
1st Place vs. 2nd Place, 7:30 p.m.