Finally a bit of 2014 preseason news.
FC Dallas is one of several MLS clubs that will head to Florida for the 2014 preseason. Major League Soccer has selected IMG Academy as its Eastern hub for the 2014 preseason. FC Dallas, along with the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, New England Revolution and Toronto FC, are expected to train and most will compete in a series of friendlies beginning in late January and continuing through the end of February.
According to the press release from MLS, The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has allocated funds to MLS that will be used by the league and its teams for a national campaign promoting the preseason.
The Bradenton, Fla.-based IMG Academy annually hosts professional teams in myriad of sports. Individual MLS clubs have utilized the facilities, as have international clubs such as Sweden's Malmö FF, England's Tottenham Hotspur, and Brazil's Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Additionally, IMG Academy is the host site for the United Soccer Leagues' (USL) largest events, including the Super-Y and Super-20 North American Finals, the W-League and W-20 Championships, PRO Combine, Olympic Development Program camp, and more. The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team is also based on the campus.
IMG Academy's 450-acre campus features a 12-field professional soccer complex, as well as the new state-of-the-art IMG Academy Stadium, which seats 5,000 and boasts a broadcast-ready press and hospitality box with coach, press, and radio rooms, as well as VIP suites.
A schedule of preseason friendlies will be made available in the coming weeks. I would also expect to hear soon where else FC Dallas might be going for their preseason soon as well. Once the schedule has been announced we will have it posted here for you.