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Sounders prepare to leave town again

The Sounders trained at Starfire this morning and will again Tuesday before flying out Wednesday for the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C.

Some notes from the club on their schedule for now and the near future:

Just 19 days remain until the March to Soccer Opening Match against the MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City on March 8 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. In preparation for the club's sixth season in Major League Soccer, Seattle Sounders FC will visit Charleston, SC, to participate in its first-ever Carolina Challenge Cup.

The team departs for South Carolina on Wednesday, February 19 and will return to Seattle on Sunday, March 2. While in Charleston, Sounders FC will play tournament matches against the Charleston Battery (February 22), Houston Dynamo (February 26) and D.C. United (March 1). The team has also scheduled an additional match against the College of Charleston on February 23.

All three of Seattle's matches in the Carolina Challenge Cup will be streamed live on CharlestonBattery.com and YouTube.com/thechsbattery.

After opening preseason training camp on January 25, Sounders FC has held 20 training sessions and played in four matches over the past 24 days. The team spent the first four days of preseason camp conducting fitness testing in Seattle before heading to Tucson, Ariz., for 12 days.

Sounders FC played four matches in Arizona, going 3-0-1 and outscoring opponents 6-3, posting wins against Vancouver (February 6 and 9) and San Jose (February 5), and playing to a scoreless draw against the Portland Timbers (February 8). Forward Obafemi Martins and trialist Kevin Parsemain lead the team with two goals each this season.

Since returning from Arizona, Sounders FC has trained locally at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Starfire Sports and CenturyLink Field. The trip to Charleston, will mark the conclusion of preseason training as the team will return to Seattle six days prior to the season opener on March 8.

A limited number of season ticket memberships are still available. Single match tickets are also on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.SoundersFC.com or by phoning 1-877-MLS-GOAL.

Competition Schedule (All times Pacific; subject to change)Carolina Challenge CupFebruary 22, 4:15 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium February 26, 2 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo at Blackbaud StadiumMarch 1, 2 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. DC United at Blackbaud Stadium

Preseason FriendliesFebruary 23, 7:30 a.m. - Sounders FC vs. College of Charleston at Patriots Point Athletics Complex

MLS Regular SeasonMarch 8, 12 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field

Preseason Friendly AddedSounders FC has added a preseason match against the College of Charleston on February 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 a.m. PT at the College of Charleston's Patriots Point Soccer Stadium in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Fans are encouraged to follow @LiveSounders on Twitter for live in-game updates.

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