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Sounders Reserves kick off March 17 vs. Timbers

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 6, 2013 at 11:17 am with No Comments »
March 6, 2013 11:27 am

MLS has released it’s 2013 Reserve League schedule.

The Sounders kick off March 17, when the Portland Timbers Reserves visit Starfire. And the schedule includes the promised home-and-away matches with USL-Pro Orlando City. (Here’s the full Sounders Reserves schedule.)

Here is the release from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC will play 12 reserve matches in 2013, kicking it off at home against Portland on Sunday, March 17 at Starfire Sports Stadium. Seattle will play each team in the Western Conference at least once, as well as one match against Real Salt Lake, Colorado, and two matches against Orlando City of the USL (home and away). Sounders FC will play six home matches and six away matches, ending the season against Portland on October 14 at JELD-WEN Field.

Last year, Seattle won three of their last four Reserve League matches and finished third in the Western Conference, posting a 4-5-1 (13 points) record.

The league will again be divided into Eastern, Central, and Western conferences with each team playing all games within their conference. At the conclusion of the Reserve League season the team with the most points out of all three conferences will be determined the Reserve League Champion. As in Major League Soccer, three points is awarded for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss.

Major League Soccer’s multi-year, groundbreaking partnership with USL Pro enhances the development of professional soccer players in North America, strengthens the competition in both leagues, and establishes a solid foundation for future collaboration.

There is no charge for admission at Sounders FC Reserves home matches. However donations will be accepted at the gate ($5 suggested) with proceeds directed toward the Sounders FC community partners. Parking is $5 or free with a Starfire membership.

And here’s the release from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced the full 2013 MLS Reserve League schedule.

Among the scheduled matches are 26 interleague matches between MLS Reserve League teams and USL Pro clubs.

Major League Soccer’s multi-year, groundbreaking partnership with USL Pro enhances the development of professional soccer players in North America, strengthens the competition in both leagues, and establishes a solid foundation for future collaboration.

As a part of the agreement, four MLS clubs chose to enter unique affiliations with USL Pro partners: D.C. United with Richmond Kickers, Sporting Kansas City with Orlando City Soccer Club, New England Revolution with Rochester Rhinos and Philadelphia Union with Harrisburg City Islanders. Those MLS clubs that have entered an affiliation with a USL Pro team will not participate in the MLS Reserve League.

In 2013, the Reserve League will consist of two divisions, East and West, with standings based on points per game.

East: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC , New York Red Bulls, Montreal Impact

West: Chivas USA, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids

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