Sounders Insider

FC preseason sked out; MLS season Wednesday

Major League Soccer will release the entire 2009 regular season schedule tomorrow at 9 a.m. Wednesday on The announcement will include the national broadcast schedule for the 2009 season including times and dates for games broadcast by Major League Soccer's national television partners ESPN2/ESPN Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Español and TeleFutura.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders FC has announced a handful of preseason games. Unfortunately, none are both local and open -- however one open match is as near as Portland, and two others will be in Southern California.

In Seattle, there will be only a pair of closed-door matches at Qwest Field: the Vancouver Whitecaps on Feb. 22 and Colorado Rapids March 12.

Seattle hosts the New York Red Bulls to open the MLS season March 19 before a national television audience on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Fans can come to that one.

Here's the preseason schedule as it now stands:

Date Time Game Location

Feb. 9 3:00 at L.A. Galaxy Home Depot Ctr. Fld. 1/2, Carson, Calif. (training game)

Feb. 10 4:00 Shandong Luneng Oxnard College, Oxnard, Calif. (training game)

Feb. 11 7:00 at Ventura County Fusion Buena High School, Ventura, Calif. (public)

Feb. 13 7:00 San Jose Earthquakes Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (public)

Feb. 20 7:00 at University of Portland Merlo Field, Portland, Ore. (public)

Feb. 22 12:00 Vancouver Whitecaps Qwest Field, Seattle, Wash. (closed)

Feb. 27 TBD Argentina

Feb. 28 TBD Argentina

Mar. 3 TBD Argentina

Mar. 5 TBD Argentina

Mar. 12 7:00 Colorado Rapids Qwest Field, Seattle (closed)