January 2, 2007 Toronto FC in Carolina Challenge Cup (from Toronto FC Media Relations)

01/02/2007 10:50AM
Toronto FC in Carolina Challenge Cup
Team to participate in preseason tournament
Toronto FC Media Relations

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that they have been invited to participate in the 2007 Carolina Challenge Cup, to be held at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, South Carolina March 24th - 31st.
This annual pre-season invitational tournament hosted by the United Soccer League Ist Division's Charleston Battery is into its 4th year.

Toronto FC is one of 4 teams participating. Along with the hosts Charleston Battery, MLS champion Houston Dynamo return for their second straight year, as does Red Bull New York.

"We need the games against MLS teams, and a quality USL team," said Head Coach Mo Johnston. "With the 2007 season just around the corner, this is what we need to prepare."

The format for the competition sees each club play the other over the course of 3 days - with one double-header each day.

Houston took the honors in 2006 and 2005 (as the then named San Jose Earthquakes), while the Columbus Crew won the inaugural event in 2004.

Tickets will go on sale in January 2007 - and at that time, a full schedule will be released. Fans will be able to buy tickets for individual games or for the 6 match series.

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