NOTE: The press release below include the schedule changes made on Nov. 19. Originally the Rapids were set to play Chicago, FC Tucson, and New England.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, November 18, 2013) –The Colorado Rapids will participate in the third annual Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz. as part of the 2014 preseason, playing a total of four exhibition matches leading up to the Major League Soccer season. The Rapids are one of five MLS teams in the Desert Diamond Cup, which is hosted by Premier Development League side FC Tucson, and will run from February 19 to March 1.
“This will be our second straight year playing matches in Tucson, and we’re excited to return to the city,” said Rapids President Tim Hinchey. “The setup and organization from FC Tucson is first class, and it’s an opportunity to get several competitive matches to prepare for the season in a spot that isn’t too far from our home here in Colorado.”
In addition to the Rapids, the Desert Diamond Cup will include MLS teams Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake, as well as FC Tucson, and will consist of four days of tripleheaders with a final day culminating in the championship, third-place, and fifth-place games. The first three match days will be played at the brand new North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. The finals, on March 1, will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The 2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup – Schedule of matches
(All times local MT)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (Kino North Sports Complex)
- Chivas USA vs. FC Tucson, 1:00 p.m.
- Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire, 3:30 p.m.
- Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 (Kino North Sports Complex)
- FC Tucson vs. Chicago Fire, 1:00 p.m.
- Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 3:30 p.m.
- New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (Kino North Sports Complex)
- Chivas USA vs. Colorado Rapids, 1:00 p.m.
- New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire, 3:30 p.m.
- Real Salt Lake vs. FC Tucson, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Kino Stadium)
- 5th Place vs. 6th Place, time TBD
- 3rd Place vs. 4th Place, time TBD
- 1st Place vs. 2nd Place, time TBD
The Rapids played a series of friendly matches in Tucson during the 2013 preseason, facing the Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo, and San Jose Earthquakes. The team also spent time in Arizona in the 2010 and 2011 preseasons, though both trips were to the Phoenix area. In 2010, Colorado faced the Columbus Crew, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake at the Casa Grande Performance Institute, and in 2011, the club took on Sporting KC, the Crew and the Galaxy at the Westside Complex.
Tickets for the Desert Diamond Cup will be available starting on Wednesday, November 20 at 1 p.m. MT by visiting https://fctucson.ticketsocket.com/.