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Sounders preseason schedule: 6 friendlies on tap

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Preseason training begins this Saturday as the Sounders prepare for a "friendly" rematch in California and the Desert Diamond Cup.

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And just like that, it's preseason already. The 2015 squad will suit up together for the first time this Saturday, Jan. 24 at Starfire, and the Sounders have released their full schedule leading up to the March 8 season opener at Century Link. Six friendlies are on the horizon, including the Desert Diamond Cup and a rematch with everyone's favorite western conference foe.

With less than a week in Tukwila under their belts the team will travel to sunny Southern California for a nine-day camp at a college facility. If you're tired of the Galaxy, avert your eyes from this stretch. The Sounders have penciled in friendlies against the MLS side and UCLA's squad.

The club then returns home in early February before heading to the fourth annual FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, where a coveted preseason trophy is on the line. Seattle will take on FC Tucson, western conference newcomers Sporting Kansas City, and season opener opponents New England Revolution, with a championship round to follow.

Full preseason training and friendly schedule:

January 24-28

Training at Starfire Sports

January 29-February 6

Training Camp at Mt. San Antonio College

February 7-14

Training at Starfire Sports

February 15-March 1

Tucson Training Camp / Desert Diamond Cup

DATE

TIME (PST)

OPPONENT

LOCATION

COMPETITION

February 4

TBD

UCLA

TBD

Friendly

February 6

TBD

LA Galaxy

TBD

Friendly

February 18

7:00 p.m.

FC Tucson

Kino North Stadium

Desert Diamond Cup

February 21

7:00 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City

Kino North Stadium

Desert Diamond Cup

February 25

5:00 p.m.

New England Revolution

Kino Grandstand

Desert Diamond Cup

February 28

TBD

TBD

TBD

Desert Diamond Cup