MLS headed back to Arizona for preseason as FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup schedule announced

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer is headed back to Arizona.

On Monday, FC Tucson and MLS 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 host FC Tucson of the USL’s Premier Development League in the third edition of the preseason tournament set to 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 North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. The final day of matches 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 other 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 at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will also visit Tucson for a behind-closed-doors preseason friendly against the Dynamo.
 
A full schedule*, including ticket information, for the games can be found at www.FCTucson.com.

*All times MT

Pre-Cup Schedule

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City, 6 pm
 
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 3 pm
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 6 pm

2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Chivas USA vs. FC Tucson, 1 pm
Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire, 3:30 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution, 6 pm
 
Saturday, February 22, 2014
FC Tucson vs. Colorado Rapids, 1 pm
Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake, 3:30 pm
New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA, 6 pm
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire, 1 pm
New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids, 3:30 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Tucson, 6 pm
 
Saturday, March 1, 2014
5th Place vs. 6th Place, 2:30 pm
3rd Place vs. 4th Place, 5 pm
1st Place vs. 2nd Place, 7:30 pm