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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time for 'Spring' training in SoCal

By Scott French

Southern California is the epicenter of Major League Soccer's “spring training” this year. Six clubs, in addition to the Galaxy and Chivas USA, will be training and playing preseason matches on local fields, primarily at Home Depot Center in Carson and Oxnard College in Ventura County.

The Colorado Rapids, Portland Timbers, Montreal Impact, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes will spend part of their preseason camps in the area, playing games among each other and with the local teams. There are 17 matches on the docket already and more could, but might not, be added. Two will be ticketed matches: San Jose's annual San Luis Obispo kickoff on Feb. 10 and Chivas' friendly with Club Tijuana on Feb. 22 at the University of San Diego.

The local schedule begins Friday morning at Oxnard, where Chivas ends a six-day stopover with a 10 a.m. game against the Ventura County Fusion, one of the top clubs in the fourth-tier USL Premier Development League.

Colorado (Feb. 4-10), Chicago (Feb. 8-18) and San Jose (Feb. 12-18) will be based in Oxnard, and Portland (Feb. 5-16), Houston (Feb. 7-14) and Montreal (Feb. 6-18) are coming to HDC.

Highlights of the schedule, which is listed below (and is, of course, subject to change), include these three HDC clashes:
Here's the full schedule:
This week
Friday:
Chivas USA vs. Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at Oxnard College (Oxnard), 10 a.m.

Next week
Feb. 3:
Chivas USA vs. Hasental FC (NPSL) at Home Depot Center (Carson), time TBA
Feb. 3: Galaxy vs. L.A. Blues (USL Pro) at site TBA, time TBA

The following weeks
Feb. 7:
Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers at Home Depot Center (Carson), 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 7: Chivas USA vs. Colorado Rapids at site TBA, time TBA
Feb. 8: Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact at Home Depot Center (Carson), time TBA
Feb. 10: Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo at Home Depot Center (Carson), time TBA
Feb. 10: Portland Timbers vs. Montreal Impact at Home Depot Center (Carson), 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 10: Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Spanos Stadium, Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), 6 p.m. (ticketed)
Feb. 11: Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire at site TBA, time TBA
Feb. 12: Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo at Home Depot Center (Carson), 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 14: Galaxy vs. Montreal Impact at Home Depot Center (Carson), time TBA
Feb. 14: Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Oxnard College (Oxnard), time TBA
Feb. 15: Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers at Home Depot Center (Carson), 11 a.m.
Feb. 16: Galaxy vs. Chivas USA at Home Depot Center (Carson), time TBA
Feb. 18: Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Oxnard College (Oxnard), 9 a.m.
Feb. 22: Chivas USA vs. Club Tijuana (Mexico) at Torero Stadium, University of San Diego (San Diego), 7 p.m. (time tentative; ticketed)