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February 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Sounders formalize Feb. 22 friendly against Mexican second-division club Veracruz

veracruz logo.jpgReports of a preseason friendly between Sounders FC and Veracruz, a second-division club in Mexico, have been out there for over a week now.

Seattle made it official on Monday.

The game will be played Friday, Feb. 22, at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, where the Sounders will train for the next couple weeks. Kickoff against the Red Sharks — gotta love that logo — is at 6 p.m. in what will be an important game going into Seattle’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals series against top Mexican club Tigres UANL on March 6 and 12.

“This is good preparation for our match against Tigres,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “It’s important to play another team from Mexico and we are very thankful that Veracruz is able to do so. It’s a good opportunity for our team to play against that style of play because it is different than what we face in MLS.”

You might remember the Sounders did something similar last year, hosting Mexico’s Mexico’s Jaguares de Chiapas at CenturyLink Field in preseason.

Seattle will also be participating in the Desert Diamond Cup while in Tucson with the New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake and the New York Red Bulls. Tickets for the preseason tournament and the preseason friendly against Veracruz are available here.

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