Seven Major League Soccer teams will be playing nine friendly matches, or friendlies, at Kino Sports Complex from Jan. 29 to Feb. 8, thanks to the efforts of FC Tucson.
The Desert Friendlies Presented by FC Tucson will be open to the public and lead up to the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup later in February.
Five of the teams – Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City – will be training in Tucson. Two more teams that are also playing in the Desert Diamond Cup – New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders – will also play in the friendly matches.
All the matches will be played at the Kino Sports Complex’s North Field #5, north of Ajo Way.
“Not only will the teams enjoy themselves, but soccer fans in Tucson are going to love the up close view of professional soccer,” said FC Tucson co-managing member and general manager Jon Pearlman.
“There will be limited seats, but those who come will be just a few feet from the sidelines. They will get to experience a match closer than they ever could at an MLS stadium and it’s going to be very affordable for the entire family.”
Tickets will go on sale in November. The match schedule is:
Tuesday, Jan. 29 11 a.m. Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids 3 p.m. Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo 6 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution
Thursday, Jan. 31 6 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids
Friday, Feb. 1 6 p.m. Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers
Saturday, Feb. 2 11 a.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo 6 p.m. Colorado Rapids vs. TBA
Tuesday, Feb. 5 11 a.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
Friday, Feb. 8 11 a.m. FC Tucson vs. Portland Timbers
New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake will join New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders in the double-header, round-robin Desert Diamond Cup at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Feb. 13, 17, 20 and 23.
FC Tucson, established in 2010, owns FC Tucson Soccer, Tucson’s top-level soccer team and the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. Follow FC Tucson at www.fctucson.com.
Kino Sports Complex (www.kinospsortscomplex.com) is home to both the Triple-A Tucson Padres baseball team and the FC Tucson soccer club. It is the largest professional sports and entertainment venue of its kind in Pima County. It includes the 11,000-seat Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, seven baseball fields (four with lights), lighted softball fields, a regulation Soccer Stadium (lighted) and four additional fields for soccer, field hockey, rugby, and lacrosse. With its panoramic view of the Santa Catalina Mountains, it is a natural fit for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Plus, it makes a great setting for social gatherings, concerts, and community events.
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