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Sounders 2020 MLS preseason schedule

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Training opens at Starfire on Jan. 14, will visit Southern California and Mexico City.

Starfire early 2012

The change to the 2020 calendar is just over a week away, and the Seattle Sounders are filling up more dates on their itinerary, announcing their 2020 preseason schedule Monday.

The team released the 2020 Major League Soccer season schedule last week—as well as the Concacaf Champions League schedule—but before they can get there, the Sounders have to get through the preseason.

The Sounders officially open their preseason training on Jan. 14 at Starfire Sports Complex, which is three days later than they are eligible to start training. It’s likely the team will use the extra three days for physicals and other introductory programs. The Sounders will spend five days training at Starfire before heading to Southern California for a 10-day training stint. The California portion of the preseason will also include a closed-door scrimmage with Club Atlético Peñarol from Uruguay.

After two days off at the end of January, the Sounders will return to Starfire for an additional week of training, including a closed-door scrimmage against USL side Sacramento Republic FC on Feb. 5.

The Sounders will then head to Mexico City for three weeks of training before traveling to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to face CD Olimpia in the first leg of its Round of 16 matchup in the Concacaf Champions League, which is scheduled for Feb. 20, according to a release from the team. The training stint in Mexico is presumably to help the team prepare for CCL matches, though the tournament draw won’t see the Sounders face Mexican opposition until the semi-finals at the earliest.

The Sounders will return to Seattle after the first leg of the CCL tie against Olimpia to finish preseason training in advance of the start of the 2020 MLS season, where they will host the Chicago Fire on March 1. The second leg of the CCL series against Olimpia is on Feb. 27.