We'll have a dedicated thread for the Sounders vs DC United match, but across the league there are eight other matches today — all streamed — as preseason play comes to a close and we start preparing for First Kick next weekend.
10am - Toronto FC vs Fluminense, Disney Pro Soccer Classic
Neither of these teams has won a game in the tournament. Brazilian club Fluminense's U23s have lost all 3 and Toronto has a loss and two draws, despite their new-look, high priced roster. At publish time, this game just finished, with Toronto falling 4-2 to the previously hapless Brazilians. The goals came from Michael Bradley and De Ro, but as everyone predicted, if they didn't shore up last season's defense all that new offensive power may not be enough to turn the tide.
Noon - Real Salt Lake vs Chivas, Desert Diamond Cup (stream)
Last season Seattle beat out the Lakers for the Desert Diamond Cup, but with the Sounders away the mice will play. RSL still aren't winning it, as they split their first two matches. Today they take on Chivas, who previously drew Colorado and beat New England thanks to a game winning goal from ex-Sounder Mauro Rosales. Unfortunately for Seattle rooting interest, Mauro isn't playing today. At time of publish, Chivas were up 1-0 early on a Cubo Torres goal.
2pm - Seattle vs DC United, Carolina Challenge Cup (stream)
Championship match, y'all! If I read the standings right, Seattle needs a win to win the tournament. A loss or a draw gives it to DC. We'll have a separate game thread for this.
2:30pm - New England vs Colorado, Desert Diamond Cup (stream)
Another undercard match after New England lost that game to Chivas, then beat Chicago 1-0. These are two very young, competitive teams and the Revs have just acquired Teal Bunbury, so this will probably be a fun one to watch. Not least because we still don't know who Colorado's coach will be.
2:30pm - San Jose vs Portmore United, Rose City Invitational (stream)
If I read the standings right, San Jose can win the tournament if they beat the Jamaican team by a ton and Vancouver loses later to Portland by a ton (to combine to make up +7 GD difference). Previously they beat hosts Portland on an own goal and lost 2-0 to Vancouver. The Jamaicans held off the Timbers for a draw in their last match but they're pretty big underdogs here.
4:15pm - Houston vs Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup (stream)
The Carolina undercard. Houston needs a win to avoid finishing lower in the standings than a second division team (though Carolina's the home team and that's always worth some points). Likely a Servando Carrasco sighting here.
5pm - Portland vs Vancouver, Rose City Invitational (stream)
This is probably the match of the night, other than the Sounders game. The drama of Portland trying to avoid the ignominy of going winless in their own tournament adds to the already compelling atmosphere of a Cascadia match. With a draw, Vancouver gets to take home the Rose City whatever to add to their Cascadia Cup. Or even a non-huge loss, really.
5pm - Sporting KC vs Columbus, Disney Pro Soccer Classic (on WatchESPN)
This is the championship match of the venerable Disney-fied tournament. It probably won't get much attention from here given the other match at the same time, but Sporks are our week one opponent, so it'd be a chance to get some scouting in.
5:30pm - Chicago vs Chivas Rayadas (stream)
Like some kind of soccer version of a WWF tag team, FC Tucson have subbed in the Chivas de Guadalajara youth team for a single match to face Chicago in the final. I'd bet on Chicago. Youth teams from top clubs are still youth teams. This rounds out the preseason friendly schedule and at the whistle some team will be the new Desert Diamond Cup champions, wresting that honor from Seattle. Though by that time we could be reigning Carolina Challenge Cup champions. So take that.