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Four MLS preseason tournaments return in 2013
December 20th, 2012 11:48PM

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[DATEBOOK] Four preseason tournaments in four states will again provide an opportunity for MLS clubs to gather and test themselves. With the start of the MLS season on March 2, the fourth annual Disney Pro Soccer Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Florida, FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Carolina Challenge Cup hosted by the USL PRO's Charleston Battery and Portland Timbers Preseason Tournament will be held in February. For more on the tournaments and their schedules ...
 
The Central Florida Sports Commission and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World will host the fourth annual Disney Pro Soccer Classic, featuring six MLS clubs, plus Orlando City (USL PRO) and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL).
 
FC Tucson has partnered with Desert Diamond Casino to host the third consecutive FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium Feb. 13-23 in Tucson, Ariz. The final will be broadcast live Feb. 23 on NBC Sports Network. Prior to the Desert Diamond Cup, five other MLS teams are all slated to train in the Tucson area and face each other in friendly matches.
 
The Battery again welcomes three MLS clubs in the 10th annual Carolina Challenge Cup. Houston, which returns in 2013, won the tournament in 2006 and 2007 ahead of its two MLS Cup-winning campaigns.
 
The Portland Timbers’ second annual preseason tournament, which will be held at JELD-WEN Field Feb. 17-23, will include the lone foreign entrant in the four tournaments, Swedish first division side AIK.
 
Disney Pro Soccer Classic
(All times Eastern)
February 9, 2013
Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 1 p.m.
Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City, 3 p.m.
Orlando City Soccer Club vs. Philadelphia Union, 6 p.m.
D.C. United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 8 p.m.
 
February 13, 2013
Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Montreal Impact, 3 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United, 6 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. Orlando City Soccer Club, 8 p.m.
 
Saturday, February 16
Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC, 3 p.m.
Orlando City Soccer Club vs. Columbus Crew, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m.
 
Saturday, February 23
Group A Fourth Place vs. Group B Fourth Place, 1 p.m.
Group A Third Place vs. Group B Third Place, 3 p.m.
Group A Second Place vs. Group B Second Place, 6 p.m.
Group A First Place vs. Group B First Place, 8 p.m.
 
FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup
Wednesday, February 13
New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders
New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake
 
Saturday, February 16
Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution
 
Wednesday, February 20
Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution
Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls
 
Saturday, February 23
3rd Place Team vs. 4th Place Team
1st Place Team vs. 2nd Place Team
 
Carolina Challenge Cup
Saturday, February 16
Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Charleston Battery
 
Wednesday, February 20
Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Chicago Fire vs. Charleston Battery
 
Saturday, February 23
Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
 
Portland Timbers Tournament
(All times Pacific)
Sunday, February 17
AIK vs. FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m.
Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 5 p.m.
 
Wednesday, February 20
AIK vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 5 p.m.
Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, February 23
San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m.
Portland Timbers vs. AIK, 5 p.m.



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