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New York City FC to compete in preseason Desert Diamond Cup this February in Arizona

The Blues join five other MLS clubs for the warmup tournament, including the Red Bulls.

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Today, Major League Soccer and Premier Development League side FC Tucson announced a slate of preseason events coming to the southwest in February, and New York City FC will be along for the ride.

The sixth edition of the Desert Diamond Cup will showcase Patrick Vieira’s team alongside five other MLS squads: Sporting Kansas City, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Colorado Rapids, and the New York Red Bulls.

NYCFC is scheduled to battle Houston at 6:00pm MT on Saturday, February 18th, plus a match to be determined on the following Saturday pending other results.

Said FC Tucson general manager Jon Pearlman on the occasion of the announcement:

“This event is important to the community because it has brought groups together that are vital for the success of Tucson as a city. Through private and public partnership, great sponsors, the work of Pima County, the City of Tucson, Visit Tucson, and the Town of Oro Valley, FC Tucson is proud to again be the MLS Western Hub of Preseason and bring the beautiful game to Southern Arizona.”

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