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New York City FC releases updated preseason schedule

A Hudson River Derby highlights the announced slate. Mark those calendars, folks!

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the preseason picture got that much clearer for NYCFC. The club announced dates and times for its slate of friendlies at Arizona’s Desert Diamond Cup in February, which will follow the club’s previously announced visit to Ecuador to take on CS Emelec.

Here’s what we have to look forward to in the next month and a half:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:00PM ET:

@ CS Emelec
Estadio Banco Pacifico, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:00PM ET:

vs. New York Red Bulls
Desert Diamond Cup
Kino North Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:00PM ET:

vs. Houston Dynamo
Desert Diamond Cup
Kino North Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:00PM ET:

vs. Colorado Rapids
Desert Diamond Cup
Kino North Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Saturday, February 25, 2017:

To Be Determined
Desert Diamond Cup
Kino North Stadium Tucson, Arizona

You now have permission to start getting hyped. Before you know it, it’ll be March 5th, when the Boys in Blue head down to Orlando to take on Jason Kreis’s lions. Seriously! You can keep your precious NFL— who doesn’t love a short offseason?