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Major League Soccer Coming Back To Casa Grande For Preseason Training

Grande Sports World in Casa Grande continues to be a destination for Major League Soccer clubs for preseason training.

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Several teams are either committed or are moving closer to finalizing plans to hold camp at the multi-field facility between Phoenix and Tucson beginning in January, according to a source close to the dealings.

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The list of teams apparently headed to the desert includes the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, Real Salt Lake (which has a youth academy based at the site), New England Revolution, Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls and one lower-division club, FC Edmonton of Canada.

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Chivas USA and the Portland Timbers said they’d return to Arizona this winter after last year’s training but have yet to commit.

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This is in addition to the previously announced FC Tucson Desert Cup, which is in the works and will feature four MLS clubs playing matches against in each other in February/March 2012.