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Rapids Return to Arizona For Desert Diamond Cup

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For the third year in a row, the Colorado Rapids will be in Arizona for part of the pre-season.

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As the Colorado Rapids look to build towards the 2016 season, the club announced on Tuesday that they will be taking part in the 2016 edition of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Tournament in Tucson, Arizona.  This will be the second consecutive year that the Rapids have taken part in the Desert Diamond Cup and third straight year that the Rapids have spent part of their pre-season in Arizona.

In the 2015 edition, the Rapids took second place in the tournament falling 2-1 in the championship match to Rocky Mountain rivals, Real Salt Lake.

The Desert Diamond Cup will also feature Sporting Kansas City, New England Revolution, RSL, Swope Park Rangers and FC Tucson and all matches will take place from February 17-27.

A complete schedule will be announced at a later date, but here are the times and dates of the matches in Tucson:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Game #1, 5:30PM: Kino North Stadium

Game #2, 6:00 PM: Kino North Grandstand

Game #3, 8:00PM: Kino North Stadium

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Game #4, 5:30 PM: Kino North Stadium

Game #5, 6:00 PM: Kino North Grandstand

Game #6, 8:00 PM: Kino North Stadium

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Game #7, 5:30 PM: Kino North Stadium

Game #8, 6:00 PM: Kino North Grandstand

Game #9, 8:00 PM: Kino North Stadium

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Game #10, 5:30 PM: 5th Place v. 6th Place, Kino North Stadium

Game #11, 6:00 PM: 3rd Place v. 4th place, Kino North Grandstand

Game #12, 8:00 PM: 1st Place v. 2nd Place, Kino North Stadium