Preparations for the 2011 MLS season will begin on Tuesday, January 25 for Sounders FC. The teams will train at Starfire Sports Complex and conduct tests and meetings at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center before departing January 30 for Casa Grande, Arizona and more training and training games. Seattle players will return to Starfire from February 15-17. Another camp will be held in Bradenton, Florida from February 18-27.
Here are other key dates, as announced by the club:
Thursday, January 13, 9 a.m. - 2011 MLS SuperDraft, BaltimoreSunday, January 16, 1/3:30 p.m. - Sounders FC Academy at California Development Academy, Loomis, Calif.Tuesday, January 25 - Training begins at Starfire Sports Complex, 10 a.m.Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m.-Sunday, January 30 - Sounders FC Open Tryouts, Stafire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Wash.Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. - MLS First Kick 2011, Sounders FC vs. L.A. Galaxy, Xbox Pitch at Qwest FieldSaturday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. - Sounders FC at New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ