Sounders FC plays its first game in the 2012 MLS Reserve League season at 11 a.m. today in Vancouver against the Whitecaps. Here are some more details on the match from the home team.
Seattle, which has taken pride in its depth, finished atop the West Division last year with a 8-1-1. That lone loss was in Vancouver.
The reserve squad traveled to Canada yesterday as is expected to include a couple academy players and perhaps trialist Daniel Steres, who were all a part of training Sunday at Starfire before the trip.
Each MLS team will play 10 reserve league games in 2012 — two against each divisional opponent — but others can be scheduled against non-MLS opponents. At the end of the year, the team with the most points out of all three conferences will be named the MLS Reserve League champion.
Also in the West this year are Chivas USA, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes and the Whitecaps.
Here’s a reminder of the schedule:
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Monday, March 26 — at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 11 a.m. (University of British Columbia)
Tuesday, April 10 — vs. Portland Timbers FC, 7 p.m. (Starfire)
Monday, April 23 — at Chivas USA, 11 a.m. (Home Depot Center)
Friday, June 1 — vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7 p.m. (Starfire)
Tuesday, July 24 — at Los Angeles Galaxy, 11 a.m. (training or University field)
Monday, August 6 — vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, 7 p.m. (Starfire)
Sunday, August 12 — at San Jose Earthquakes, 11 a.m. (Nutrilite Training Field)
Sunday, September 9 — vs. Chivas USA, 11 a.m. (Starfire)
Sunday, September 16 — at Portland Timbers FC, 2 p.m. (JELD-WEN Field)
Tuesday, September 25 — vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m. (Starfire)
NOTE: The club says “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.”