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Sounders arrive to train in Spain

The Sounders have landed in Europe.

Here's a note from the club on the plans for the next couple of weeks:

Following a few days off for rest and travel, the Seattle Sounders FC resumes preseason training in La Manga, Spain this week. Seattle will face Norwegian champion Rosenborg BK in the opening Group A match at the La Manga Cup II on Thursday.

Sounders FC will face either Denmark’s FC Norsjalland or Norway’s Stabak on February 21. The tournament concludes with crossover matches to determine final placement on February 25 and 26.

Seattle opened preseason competition by coming from behind to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 3-2, on February 11 in Casa Grande, Ariz.

La Manga marks the club’s second overseas excursion. Prior to the inaugural 2009 season, Sounders FC played and trained in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The MLS regular season begins March 25 with Sounders FC hosting Philadelphia Union in the MLS First Kick 2010. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

Training schedule(times are local & subject to change):

Wednesday, February 17 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 20 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 22 – No Training

Tuesday, February 23 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 24 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Competition schedule (All times Pacific)

Thursday, February 18, 9 a.m. — Rosenborg BK, La Manga, Spain (La Manga Cup II)

Sunday, February 21, 9 a.m. — FC Norsjalland/Stabak, La Manga, Spain (La Manga Cup II)

Thursday/Friday, February 25/26, TBD — Opponent TBD, La Manga, Spain (La Manga Cup II)

Saturday, March 6, 4 p.m. — at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, B.C.

Thursday, March 11, 6 p.m. — Portland Timbers, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle

Friday, March 19, 6 p.m. — at Colorado Rapids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

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