While many are counting down the days until Christmas, New England Revolution supporters can now start a countdown calendar of their own after the club announced on Monday that it will open preseason camp on Jan. 25, 2014.
The Revolution will kick off its preparations for the 2014 season at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse in Foxborough before heading to Bradenton, Fla. for a 10-day trip to IMG Academy. Once there, the club will play a trio of preseason contests against Malmo FF (Sweden) on Friday, Jan. 31, Toronto FC on Sunday, Feb. 2, and the Chicago Fire on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The team will return to Foxborough on Feb. 8 and remain local through Feb. 14 before embarking on its trip to Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 15 for the Desert Diamond Cup tournament. The club is slated to play Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Feb. 19, Chivas USA on Saturday, Feb. 22 and the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, Feb. 26, before wrapping up its preseason slate on Mar. 1 in the tournament placement match.
According to an October report in the Bradenton Herald, plans were in place to broadcast all of the contests at the IMG Academy via the internet. Desert Diamond Cup clashes have been live-streamed in the past, and will likely be again for the 2014 tournament.
In total, the Revolution will play seven preseason contests, one more than the number they played in 2013. The club went 2-3-1 in separate trips to Arizona earlier this year.
2014 New England Revolution preseason schedule:
IMG Academy matches (Bradenton, Fla.)
Friday, Jan. 31: vs. Malmo FF (IMG Academy)
Sunday, Feb. 2: vs. Toronto FC (IMG Academy)
Thursday, Feb. 6: vs. Chicago Fire (IMG Academy)
FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup (Tucson, Ariz.)
Wednesday, Feb. 19: vs. Real Salt Lake (8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Feb. 22: vs. Chivas USA (8 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, Feb. 26: vs. Chicago Fire (5:30 p.m. ET)
Saturday, March 1: Placement games (4:30 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. ET / 9:30p.m. ET)