Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Clubs head to Arizona to prep for season
by Ridge Mahoney, January 19th, 2010 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] A new soccer complex in Casa Grande, Ariz., will be hosting a few MLS teams next month as part of their preseason training if pending plans can be finalized.

Seattle, Colorado, Real Salt Lake, and possibly Los Angeles, as well as USL club Vancouver, will train at the "Casa Grande Performance Institute at the Francisco Grande" complex south of Phoenix. The multi-sports facility also has several football fields and other facilities. Ground was broken last June for the complex, which is being funded in part by bonds underwritten by the City of Casa Grande.

The Sounders would visit first, in early February, before it heads off to participate in the La Manga Cup in Spain. Vancouver, which will play in the merged NASL-USL operation before joining MLS next year, will follow and its visit will overlap with that of its Northwest rival Seattle.

Colorado and RSL will also be in Arizona at the same time though their dates are not yet confirmed, and the Galaxy's arrival will probably occur when at least two other teams are present.

Complex officials have also discussed visits with other MLS teams. Former MLS and U.S. defender Greg Vanney, who coaches youth ballin Arizona and worked Seattle TV broadcasts last season as a color commentator, is serving as liaison.

Seattle will compete in Group A of the La Manga Cup, starting with a Feb. 18 match against Dutch club SK Rosenborg. It will then play two more matches depending on results for its final placing in the eight-team event.

MLS Cup champion RSL previously confirmed it would return in March to the Carolina Challenge Cup, which it won last year by beating D.C. United, 3-0, Toronto FC and host Charleston (then in the USL) by 2-1 scores. The same four teams will play round-robin games against each other this year.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
WWC Today: England's Bronze ready for take gold    
Lucy Bronze, who helped the University of North Carolina win a national title in 2009, has ...
What They're Saying: Dave Checketts    
"The Burn, the Rapids, the Chicago Fire - listening to that, you couldn't tell if it ...
Open Cup: Jeffries leads Charlotte against former club    
The Charlotte Independence, the lone USL team still alive in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, ...
What They're Saying: Letter from Crossfire to FIFA    
"USSF and MLS appear to behave in a conspiratorial manner, acting side-by-side to deny U.S. youth ...
Copa America: Vargas leads host Chile into final    
Eduardo Vargas scored two goals to lead host Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru ...
'Caps and Sounders kick off CCL group play in August    
Two more Cascadia Cup matches in August and September have been added to the 2015 calendar ...
ICYMI | MLS: Gerrard arrives in L.A.    
Midfielder Steven Gerrard has arrived in Southern California to start the MLS phase of his illustrious ...
Scouting Report: USA must put foot on pedal to Germans    
The USA and Germany have not played in more than two years, but there will be ...
Video Pick: An impressive collection of MLS golazos    
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Olmes Garcia (Real Salt Lake), Darlington Nagbe (Portland), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) ...
What They're Saying: Silvia Neid     
"You meet in the lobby, the elevator. Even if you know and like each other, it's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives