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January 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Sounders FC to play Community Shield match on March 9

Sounders FC announced Thursday it will host a Community Shield match against the Colorado Rapids on March 9 at 7 p.m. at Qwest Field. Proceeds of the game will benefit the team’s five charitable partners: America SCORES Seattle, Boys & Girls Clubs (King Co. & Bellevue), Special Olympics Washington, Washington Global Health and Washington Youth Soccer.

Last year Seattle hosted a similar event against the Portland Timbers and raised more than $80,000 for charity.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 14, and will be $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 6-17. Kids younger than that are free.

“The success of last year’s Community Shield exceeded our expectations,” said Sounders FC owner Joe Roth in a news release. “The match provides our fans an opportunity to see the team in action prior to MLS First Kick and make a substantial contribution to our community partners.”

Seattle has modeled the event off of Charity Shield or Community Shield matches in England, where Premiership league champions play FA Cup winners in preseason for charity. Last year Colorado won the MLS Cup and Sounders FC won the U.S. Open Cup.

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