MLS preseason 2015 Desert Diamond Cup teams, schedule set

MLS preseason 2015 Desert Diamond Cup teams, schedule set

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MLS preseason 2015 Desert Diamond Cup teams, schedule set

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By CAITLIN MURRAY 

This Major League Soccer season isn’t over yet, but a popular preseason tournament for next year is now set.

The six MLS clubs scheduled to compete in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup are: Colorado Rapids, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City. The tournament will run Feb. 18 through Feb. 28.

The tournament, now in its fourth year, hosted by FC Tucson in Arizona, will feature all night games for 2015 with the first two matches of each evening kicking off within a half hour of each other, giving fans the option to switch between games. A third marquee match will kick off later.

“We are always seeking to improve the experience for our local and out of town guests and ensure a great atmosphere for the MLS teams,” FC Tucson said in a press statement. “The idea of an open festival where attendees can move between games and participate in a wide variety of other experiences makes this year’s MLS preseason even more unique and memorable for soccer fans.”

Check out the full schedule below:

2015 DESERT DIAMOND CUP SCHEDULE (in local time)

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
5:30 p.m. – Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City, Kino North Stadium
6 p.m. -Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution, Kino North Grand Stand
8 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact, Kino North Stadium

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
5:30 p.m. – Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution, Kino North Stadium
6 p.m. – Real Salt Lake vs. Montreal Impact, Kino North Grand Stand
8 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City, Kino North Stadium

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015*
5:30 p.m. – Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact, Kino North Stadium
6 p.m. – Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution, Kino North Grand Stand
8 p.m. – Real Salt Lake v. Sporting Kansas City, Kino North Stadium
*Schedule subject to CONCACAF Champions League Calendar

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015*
TBD – fifth Place v. sixth Place, Kino North Stadium
TBD – third Place v. fourth place, Kino North Grand Stand
TBD – first Place v. second Place, Kino North Stadium
*Schedule subject to CONCACAF Champions League Calendar

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