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Monday Team Notes - Preseason Schedule and Departed Players

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(Doh. Collided with Jeremiah's post. I'll leave the handy schedule table up, but to discuss the Departed Players, head to that thread.)

A couple of updates from the team today. Here's the official preseason schedule:

When Where Who
Feb 8, 9:30am Casa Grande, AZ Real Salt Lake
Feb 10, 10:00am Phoenix, AZ Columbus Crew
Feb 12, 9:00am Casa Grande, AZ Chivas USA
Feb 21, 12:30pm Orlando, FL FC Dallas
Feb 22, 8:00am Orlando, FL Houston Dynamo
Feb 26, 11:00am Bradenton, FL Chicago Fire
Mar 4, 7:30pm Starfire Portland Timbers
Mar 6, 3:00pm Starfire Vancouver Whitecaps
Mar 9, 7:00pm Qwest Colorado Rapids

(I've converted all times to Pacific)

So basically you've got a week of games in Arizona, then a week of games in Florida, then the Official Cascadia Rivalry Preseason Throwdown, then the Community Shield. The schedule is a little heavy given that the Sounders will be hosting the Galaxy for MLS First Kick on March 15th, which will be the 4th match in 11 days. So the team will have to balance the desire to show well in the Cascadia tournament and the Charity Shield versus the need to make sure the team is rested and prepared for the opener.