FC Tucson and Major League Soccer have announced the Western Hub Preseason teams for the 2016 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Tournament!

Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, Arizona United, FC Tucson and Celaya FC will all be participating in this year’s events.

The first period from Sunday, Jan. 24th through Friday, Feb. 12th will include Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Celaya FC.

The FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup will run from Wednesday, Feb. 17th through Saturday, Feb. 27th, featuring Tucson favorites New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, 2015 Eastern Conference Champions Columbus Crew SC and 2015 U.S. Open Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City. USL teams Arizona United and Swope Park Rangers as well as PDL’s FC Tucson will round out the field.

This year’s attendees will get to see firsthand the skills of U.S. National Team stars like forward Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), defender Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) and midfielder Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution).

In its fifth year, FC Tucson, Visit Tucson, and Pima County are continuing their partnership with MLS as the Western Hub Preseason. The Desert Diamond Cup has become a highly anticipated event for soccer fans in the Southwest and a popular travel destination for the fan bases of each team.

This year’s tournament will build on last year’s wildly popular festival environment, featuring food and famous frozen Eegee’s, as well as a variety of family­friendly games and entertainment throughout the preseason.

“We are always seeking to improve the gameday experience for our local and out­of­town guests as well as ensure a great atmosphere for the MLS teams”, FC Tucson Ownership said in a joint statement.

TICKET PACKAGE INFO: For more information, go to www.fctucson.com/team/ticket


2016 MLS Preseason In Tucson Schedule (All kickoffs are Mountain Standard Time)

Desert Friendlies

Wednesday February 3, 2016

  • Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders 5:00PM, Grandstand Field (3x45min) – FINAL: 2-1
  • Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo 6:00PM, North Stadium – FINAL: 1-1

 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New England Revolution 4:30PM, North Stadium – FINAL: 3-2
  • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo 5:00PM, N. Grandstand Field – FINAL: 0-1
  • Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders 7:00PM, North Stadium – FINAL: 3-2

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo 6:00PM, N. Grandstand – FINAL: 2-0
Seattle Sounders vs. Celaya FC 7:00PM, North Stadium – FINAL: 1-2

 

Desert Diamond Cup – Buy DDC Pass

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Buy Tickets

  • Colorado Rapids vs. Swope Park Rangers, 5:30PM: North Stadium – FINAL: 1-3
  • Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew SC, 6:00 PM: N. Grandstand – FINAL: 2-2
  • New England Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake, 8:00PM: North Stadium – FINAL: 3-3

 

Saturday, February 20, 2016 Buy Tickets

  • Arizona United vs. Swope Park Rangers, 4:30 PM: N. Grandstand – FINAL: 0-0
  • Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, 5:00 PM: North Stadium – FINAL: 1-1
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:00 PM: N. Grandstand – FINAL: 0-0
  • Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 PM: North Stadium – FINAL: 1-1

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Buy Tickets

  • Arizona United vs. FC Tucson, 3:30PM, N. Grandstand – FINAL: 3-1
  • New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo, 5:30 PM: North Stadium – FINAL: 2-1
  • Swope Park Rangers vs. Columbus Crew SC, 6:00 PM: N. Grandstand – FINAL: 2-2
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8:00 PM:, North Stadium – FINAL: 1-4

 

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Buy Tickets

  • Swope Park Rangers vs. FC Tucson, 4:00 PM: N. Grandstand
    Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, 4:30 PM: North Stadium
    Arizona United SC vs. Colorado Rapids, 6:30 PM: Kino N. Grandstand
    New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew SC, 7:00 PM: North Stadium – Championship

 

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