FC Tucson, the hosts of the preseason Desert Diamond Cup today announced the schedule for this year's event. Both Sporting Kansas City and their USL affiliate, the Swope Park Rangers will be competing in this year's tournament that kicks off on February 17th and runs through the 27th a little over a week before KC opens their MLS season.
Sporting will kick off the tournament on the 17th against MLS Cup finalist, the Columbus Crew. They'll follow that up with a game against the New England Revolution on the 20th and finish group play on the 24th against the Colorado Rapids. Their final game on the 27th will depend on how they did in their previous three games.
The Rangers will start the tournament against the Rapids on the 17th before playing fellow USL side Arizona United on the 20th. They'll play the Columbus Crew on the 24th before finishing the tournament on the 27th against hosts, FC Tucson.