Sounders FC resumes training at Starfire this morning, kicking off the final phase of preseason training counting down to the First Kick on March 15 when Los Angeles visits Qwest Field.
I should have a training report or two up this afternoon.
Until then, here's the club's look ahead at its countdown to the season:
With two weeks remaining until the opening match, Seattle Sounders FC is putting the final touches on its roster and preparations the 2011 season. The final phase of the preseason features three home games, beginning with the Cascadia Summit at the Starfire Sports Complex this weekend.
Now back home from Florida after winning its last two training games there, Sounders FC faces the Portland Timbers in the first match on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. PT. Seattle, which enters the week with a record of 4-2-2 in training games, meets Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Summit finale on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT.
On Wednesday, March 9 Sounders FC hosts the Colorado Rapids in the second annual Community Shield match. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. Tickets are available at www.SoundersFC.com, by calling 877-MLS-GOAL, all Ticketmaster outlets and the Qwest Field Box office. General Admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (6-17). Children under the age of six are free.
Proceeds from the Community Shield match will benefit the team's community outreach programs. Sounders FC fans helped raise over $80,000 from the 2010 Community Shield match which was allocated to the team's charity partners.
Sounders FC hosts the L.A. Galaxy on March 15 on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field in MLS First Kick 2011. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. PT.
Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Pacific)
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. - Portland Timbers, Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash. (Cascadia Summit)
Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m. - Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash. (Cascadia Summit) Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. - Colorado Rapids, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle (Community Shield)
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. - L.A. Galaxy, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle (MLS First Kick 2011)
Saturday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. - at New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.