Here's a club release with some of the action and key dates coming up.
The new season is just around the corner as Sounders FC management and technical staff depart later this week for the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. General manager Adrian Hanauer and sporting director Chris Henderson will be joined at the combine by head coach Sigi Schmid and his staff.
The annual player combine will be held at Central Broward Regional Park from January 11-15, with games on January 11, 13 and 15.
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The following week, Sounders FC will head to Indianapolis for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. The two-round draft will be held at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, January 17. The four-round Supplemental Draft will be held the following week on Tuesday, January 22.
Sounders FC will reconvene in Seattle on Monday, January 21 for the start of preseason training camp. The team will spend the first week training at Starfire and the Virginia Mason Athletic Center before departing for an eight-day training camp in Casa Grande, Arizona. It will be the fourth time in five seasons that Sounders FC will train in Casa Grande.
The team will come back to Seattle for a short stint before returning to Arizona on February 11. Sounders FC will remain in Tucson until February 23 where the team will participate in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The four-game, round robin tournament features the New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake.
The Rave Green will return to Seattle on February 24 for final preparations for the MLS regular-season opener on March 2 against the Montreal Impact. Sounders FC will begin the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Tigres UANL on March 6 in Monterrey, Mexico. The return leg will be at CenturyLink Field on March 12. Tickets to the home Champions League match are on sale now through SoundersFC.com or 877-MLS-GOAL (877-657-4625).
Upcoming Key Dates (subject to change)Friday, January 11-Tuesday, January 15 - MLS Combine (Lauderhill, Florida)Thursday, January 17 - MLS SuperDraft (Indianapolis)Monday, January 21 - Preseason Training Begins (Starfire, Tukwila, Wash.)Tuesday, January 22 - MLS Supplemental Draft (New York)Tuesday, January 29 - International Friendly: USA vs. Canada (Houston, Texas)Tuesday, January 29-Tuesday, February 5 - Preseason Training Camp (Casa Grande, Arizona)Wednesday, February 6-Sunday, February 10 - Preseason Training (Starfire, Tukwila, Wash.)Wednesday, February 6 - 2014 World Cup Qualifying: USA at Honduras (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)Monday, February 11-Saturday, February 23 - Preseason Training Camp (Tucson, Arizona)Sunday, February 24 - Return to Seattle Sounders FC Competition Schedule (subject to change)Tuesday, February 5 - Training Game: Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers (Tucson, Arizona)Wednesday, February 13 - Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. New England RevolutionSaturday, February 16 - Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. Real Salt LakeWednesday, February 20 - Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. New York Red BullsSaturday, February 23 - Desert Diamond Cup Final/3rd Place Game: Sounders FC vs. TBDSaturday, March 2 - MLS First Kick: Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, SeattleWednesday, March 6 - CONCACAF Champions League: Sounders FC at Tigres UANL, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico (leg one)Tuesday, March 12 - CONCACAF Champions League: Sounders FC vs. Tigres UANL, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle (leg two)