FC Dallas announces preseason training schedule

Dallas, Texas - FC Dallas President and General Manager Greg Elliott announced today tentative plans for the club's upcoming 2005 preseason training schedule. Media are encouraged to cover the team's training and should call Mark Janko at (214) 777-0203 to confirm times and places in the morning and afternoon. Morning training sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and afternoon sessions will start at 3 p.m.

The players will report to Dallas on Monday, January 31 for physicals and a team meeting held at the Blue Sky Training Facility in The Colony. FC Dallas will then train for a week at either the University of Texas in Dallas (UTD - Richardson) or Blue Sky. Leaving Dallas two separate occasions during their preseason training, FC Dallas will first head off to Tampa Bay, Florida from Monday, February 7 - Saturday, February 12. During their stay in Florida, the team is scheduled to scrimmage with the MetroStars on Feb. 9 and the Chicago Fire on Feb. 11. The team will use the facilities at the University of Tampa Bay while training in Florida.

After the return of the team to Dallas for two weeks of practice, FC Dallas is scheduled to participate in two scrimmages with the University of Memphis on Feb. 19 at UTD and at SMU on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 26, FC Dallas will be off again as for the second straight year, the team will head to La Manga, Spain from Feb. 26 - Mar. 11. Daily team training reports from Spain will be posted on fcdallas.net. Listed below is a tentative schedule for FC Dallas' 2005 training camp:

Mon., Jan. 31: Team Meeting/Physicals, Blue Sky
Tues., Feb. 1 - Sat., Feb. 5: Morning Training @ 10 a.m., Blue Sky or UTD
Sun. Feb. 6: DAY OFF
Mon. Feb. 7 - Sat., Feb. 12: Training in Florida (two-a-days), Univ. of Tampa Bay

Morning @ 10 a.m., Afternoon @ 3 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 9: Scrimmage vs. MetroStars, Florida
Fri. Feb. 11: Scrimmage vs. Chicago, Florida
Sun., Feb. 13: DAY OFF
Mon. Feb. 14 - Thurs., Feb. 24: Morning and/or Afternoon Training, Blue Sky or UTD
Fri. Feb. 25: DAY OFF
Sat., Feb. 19: Scrimmage vs. Univ. of Memphis, 10 a.m. @ UTD
Thurs., Feb. 24: Scrimmage vs. SMU, SMU
Sat., Feb. 26 - Fri., Mar. 11: Training in Spain, La Manga, Spain

* - Places and times of training sessions and scrimmages are tentative and subject to change.


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