Desert Diamond Cup

Colorado Rapids

Rapids Lose Diamond Cup Final to Dynamo

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In a game very reminiscent of 2016 Colorado fell to Houston 2-0 in the Desert Diamond Cup final, the second time they've lost the last game of the tournament. The lineup:

MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle
The starting XI was also the finish XI as no subs were made in the 90 minutes and the team was dragging by the end.

Rapids Beat NYCFC, Qualify For Diamond Cup Final

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Yesterday was the third of the four matches we'll play in Arizona, this time against NYCFC. I didn't get to see the game so I'm basing this recap on reports from others. The starting XI:

MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle
Minus the recovering Gashi and maybe Nana that looks like the opening day lineup (and if we're lucky Howard).

Desert Diamond Cup Game 2 - Including Blast From the Past

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Colorado lined up for the second of their four Desert Diamond Cup games this afternoon. I only saw the second half, but here's the lineup for kickoff:

(D) = Unsigned draftee

MacMath Miller - Ford - Sjoberg - Williams Azira - Cronin Callahan(D) - Powers - Badji Calvert
This lineup gave up a goal 19 minutes in from a corner that managed to fall uncleared in the box.

Jersey Release and Desert Diamond Cup Game 1

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The big news today, as you see above, is the release of our new road/alternate jersey. This replaces the yellow flag kit we've had for the last two seasons. There's not much that has changed though, blue sleeves instead of yellow, a red C instead of the state flag on the base, and removal of some blue edging.

Revolution, Dynamo Kick Off 2017 Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson

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The Revs title defense begins tonight.

Tonight marks the beginning of the end for the Revolution, who will conclude the preseason by kicking off the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup against the Houston Dynamo.

The Revs have enjoyed a productive preseason thus far, going unbeaten in friendlies against Minnesota United, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC.

Sporting KC Does One Better Than Their Reserves

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Last Wednesday Sporting KC's new reserve side, the Swope Park Rangers, beat the Rapids in Tucson 3-1. Last night the first team showed why they have that title by one-upping their reserve team in a 4-1 victory over the Rapids. Our starting XI:

K. Doyle Gashi - Powers - Badji Watts - Azira Williams - Sjoberg - Burling - Miller MacMath
Great to see Gashi get his first minutes in a Rapids uniform.

Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution: Watch live

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Watch the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo play in the Desert Diamond Cup.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution

What

It's the Desert Diamond Cup!

Houston has had a so-so preseason to this point. There have been a lot of changes to the roster this off season and preseason has been spent watching those players learn how to play with each other.

Rapids Play Scoreless Draw With Dynamo

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You could be forgiven if you thought you were watching a replay of last year's team while viewing last night's preseason match. A dull 0-0 draw with very little offensively shown by the Rapids. When the best chance either team has to score is a PK skied over the bar you know its one of those games. Colorado started with a pretty strong XI:

(d)- draftee
(t) -trialist

K.

Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids: Watch the Desert Diamond Cup Live

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The Dynamo are back in Arizona to take on the Colorado Rapids.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids

What

This is the first game for Houston in the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup. During their first set of preseason games in Arizona the team went 1-1-1 against their MLS opponents. The team returns to Arizona for the Desert Diamond Cup and this time they have David Rocha and Agus with them as well as the recently signed Abdoulie Mansally.

Rapids Lose To Swope Park Rangers

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Colorado started the Desert Diamond Cup with a 3-1 loss to the USL Swope Park Rangers. I planned to watch the game last night to do a real game recap but the stream sucked. Delayed 5 minutes, constantly buffering, and poor camera work. So I gave up pretty quickly.

The starting XI:

K.

Streaming Info For Desert Diamond Cup Matches

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The Rapids have announced that the Desert Diamond Cup match streams will be available on their website and YouTube channel. The competition starts tonight at 5:30, here's the full Rapids schedule:

Wed. 2/17 - Swope Park Rangers - 5:30pm
Sat. 2/20 - Houston Dynamo - 7pm
Wed. 2/24 - Sporting KC - 8pm
Sat.

MLS Tick: Dynamo reportedly set for new majority owner, and more

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It appears that all MLS clubs will soon be controlledby different majority owners.

Houston Dynamo co-owner Gabriel Brener is nearing a deal that would likely give him controlling interest in the club, Fox26Houston.com reported on Tuesday. Brener currently owns 25 percent of the Dynamo, but is teaming up with another pair of investors to buy the 50-percent stake that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) holds.

Revolution

Revs Cap Winter Slate w/ a Win

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Fielding a lineup that should bear a strong resemblance to the one seen next week in Colorado, the Revolution staked a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls in Saturday's preseason finale at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when he latched onto a Diego Fagundez through ball and beat Luis Robles for the cool finish.

Revs-NYRB Set for DDC Finale

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The Revolution learned they will face the New York Red Bulls for the fourth and final match of the Desert Diamond Cup after the tournament organizers announced the matchups for Saturday's contests.

The longtime conference rivals will face off at 3:00pm ET at Kino Veterans Stadium.

Postcard from the Desert

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A Postcard from the Revolution Preseason in Tucson

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Two years ago, my mother and I fled the snow and cold of February in New England and enjoyed a few days in Tucson getting a jump on the MLS season through the Desert Diamond Cup tournament.

Angoua (Hamstring) Set to Debut in DDC

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For the first time since he was acquired in January, Revolution center back Benjamin Angoua participated in full training with his new club on Monday.

Angoua, who joined the club via loan from French Ligue 1 side EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with the option to transfer permanently following the season, was hindered by a hamstring injury suffered prior to his acquisition.

Revs’ Offense Coming Together

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The final score may have told a different story, but the scenes that unfolded during extended stretches of Saturday's preseason contest against Colorado suggest the Revolution attack is quickly finding its rhythm this winter.

To wit, the Revolution registered no fewer than four dangerous chances during the first half against a first-team Rapids selection.

Lapses Undermine Revs in Loss

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Typically, the defensive cohesiveness comes together sooner than the offensive chemistry for many clubs during the preseason. But for the Revolution, the exact opposite was true on Saturday.

While New England's attack looked like it was in midseason form, the defense appeared to be stuck in early-winter mode after conceding twice right before the break in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Rapids.

Takeaways: Revs Lose 3-1 to Rapids

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Two weeks to the day they'll open the regular season at Colorado, the Revolution dropped a 3-1 loss to the Rapids in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup preseason match at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Here are some Revolution-related observations from Saturday's contest:

-The regular connections in the final third during the first 60 minutes was undeniably the most positive development of Saturday's game.

First-Teamers Unable to Steer Revs to Victory

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Juan Agudelo gave the Revolution an early lead, but the Rapids were simply too much as the locals dropped a 3-1 loss in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup clash in Tucson, Ariz.

Agudelo, who donned a clear protective mask following facial surgery last week, tallied in the 19th minute after tapping through a ball from Antonio Mlinar Delamea, who corralled a Chris Tierney corner to set up the opportunity.

A Preview of Coming Attractions?

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Following Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Houston, Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper described Saturday's preseason match against Colorado as "a big game for us" but not for the usual reasons.

No, Saturday's match won't have a hidden three points up for grabs.

Heaps: DDC Final ‘Not Our Best Game’

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No matter how you slice it, winning a trophy even one for a preseason tournament is cause for celebration. Just don't expect Revolution coach Jay Heaps to be basking in the glow of Saturday's 1-0 win over Crew SC in the Desert Diamond Cup final.

Sure, Heaps was pleased with the chances his offense generated.

Final Dress Rehearsal On Tap

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If you want a glimpse into what Revolution coach Jay Heaps has in store for the start of the regular season, Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup final should serve asan accurate preview of coming attractions.

Following Wednesday's 2-1 Round Three win over the Dynamo, Heaps told the media that Saturday's preseason finale against Columbus Crew will bear a close resemblance to regular season farein terms of preparation and personnel.

Revs to Face Crew in DDC Final

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The Revolution are headed back to a cup final albeit one for a preseason tournament.

Not long after beatingthe Houston Dynamo on in Round 3 of the Desert Diamond Cup tournament on Wednesday,the Revolution learned they'd be playing forchampionship spoils in Saturday's championship final against Columbus Crew SC.

Bunbury Scores, Assists in Win

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Teal Bunbury scored the opening goal, then assisted on the winner to help the Revolution claim a 2-1 victory over the Dynamo on during Round Three of the Desert Diamond Cup tournament at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday.

Bunbury, who collected his first goal of the preseason on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City, tallied in the 48th minute after collecting a deflected ball along the left channel and chipping keeper Joe Willis for the breakthrough.

Bunbury Scores in 1-1 Draw to SKC

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Teal Bunbury scored a second half equalizer to put the Revolution on level terms with Sporting Kansas City in a Desert Diamond Cup second match day clash that ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Bunbury took hold of a Diego Fagundez pass near the box, then blasted a hard shot inside the far post to beat Tim Melia in the 58th minute of match that featured an 11th minute strike from Graham Zusi to give Kansas City an early lead.

A Wild, Wild Start to the DDC

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It was a wild beginning to the Desert Diamond Cup for the Revolution, who watched an early lead evaporate to a short-handed Real Salt Lake before recovering late to secure a 3-3 draw on Wednesday at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Unsigned 2016 second round pick Michael Gamble scored in the 13th minute to give the Revolution a lead that was briefly threatened before the half when a Joao Plata bid barely cleared the bar in the 32nd minute.

Revs Reveal Desert Diamond Cup Fixtures

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The Revolution's preseason plans took shape on Tuesday as the club announced its fixture list for the upcoming Desert Diamond Cup tournament.

After kicking off their preseason schedule with a previously-announced match against the Houston Dynamo on Feb.

Revs Announce Preseason Plans

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The Revolution will kickoff the 2016 preseason on Jan. 22, and will partake in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament for the fifth year in a row after they announced their preseason plans on Tuesday.

The club's first training session will take place at Gillette Stadium on Jan.

Postcard from Tucson

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Between the Games
A Postcard from the Revolution Preseason in Tucson

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My mother and I arrived last week in Tucson decked out in Revs gear and looking forward to watching some games and exploring Tucson in the sunshine.

Jay Heaps

Revs 2, SKC 1 - Kamara, J. Smith Score in Preseason Victory

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Kei Kamara can't stop scoring and rookie Joshua Smith made an impact in the Revs final preseason game before the Desert Diamond Cup.

The New England Revolution concluded the first half of their annual Arizona preseason camp unbeaten after a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City earlier today.

Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo 2016: Desert Diamond Cup Live Stream and Game Details

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Watch the Revolution take on the Dynamo in tonight's Desert Diamond Cup match.

The Desert Diamond Cup continues tonight, when the Revolution and Dynamo clash during an unofficial preview of the 2016 regular-season opener between the two sides.

With just two matches left in the preseason calendar, Revolution gaffer Jay Heaps will likely opt for a reserve-heavy Starting XI, enabling unsigned rookie forwards Michael Gamble and Femi-Hollinger Janzen to compete for contracts.

Revolution 3, Real Salt Lake 3 - New England, RSL Start Desert Diamond Cup with Draw

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By the time you read this, the stream of this game will still be buffering though.

The New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake started their Desert Diamond Cup campaigns with an interesting 3-3 tie in Tucson, Arizona.

Head coach Jay Heaps opted for a bit of a split squad for his two lineups in the first and second half, mixing in veterans as well as the youngsters through out the day.

Portland Timbers

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: News, lineup, updates, analysis

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The 1-1 draw was more notable for Clint Dempsey's return to play than any goal or save. Fanendo Adi and Harry Shipp scored for their respective sides. Freddy Adu played too.

The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup.

Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: Preview

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Saturday's 5:30 PM game will be the first action for Seattle since winning MLS Cup 2016.

The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup. The Timbers already lost to Red Bulls and NK Istra 1961 in their earlier preseason friendlies.

The Rest

Revolution vs. Rapids: How to Watch Saturday’s Desert Diamond Cup Showdown

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Afternoon matchup to provide sneak peek of March 4 season opener.

In two short weeks, the Revolution and Rapids will kick off the 2017 MLS season in Commerce City, Colo. This afternoon, the two clubs will square off in a tune-up match during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

Both teams have already played an inaugural match in the tournament, with the Revolution falling to the Houston Dynamo and the Rapids drawing with Sporting Kansas City.

Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas finish preseason with 2-2 draw

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The Western Conference rivals end the Desert Diamond Cup with 2 goals a piece.

It was a fairly quite match between rival MLS clubs the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City. Each side scored two goals to end their time at the Desert Diamond Cup with a draw.

Kansas City got on the scoreboard first thanks to a set piece goal.

Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake 2016: Desert Diamond Cup Live Stream and Game Details

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Tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET, the Revolution square off with Real Salt Lake to kick off the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup.

For the fourth season in a row, the Revolution will take on Real Salt Lake during the first round of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The match marks the official start of the Revs' preseason campaign.

Sporting CP loanee is officially with the Revolution

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Defender Sambinha is now with the Revolution.

Defensive help has arrived as Sporting CP loanee Sambinha has officially linked up with the New England Revolution.

The Revs are currently en route to Tucson, AZ ahead of the Desert Diamond Cup. Part of their travel arrangements included a short layover in Dallas, TX, which is where they met Sambinha.

Major Link Soccer: Seattle Sounders kick off the Desert Diamond Cup

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The Seattle Sounders kick off the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup today against their old foe the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Seattle

The Seattle Sounders kickoff the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup tonight at 4pm against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps.

In January local youth club Seattle United partnered with the Seattle Reign FC to form an elite level female soccer academy for girls between 13-18.