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Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution and Columbus Crew Set To Play In Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge

The Houston Dynamo's preseason just got a little busier after it was announced that the two-time MLS Cup winning team will participate in the inaugural Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge. The tournament will be held in Kennesaw, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, and is being hosted by the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer.

The Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge is scheduled to run from March 9 - 13 and will include the Houston Dynamo, Columbus Crew, and New England Revolution. The tournament will be a round-robin format, kicking off when the Crew and Revolution face each other on March 9. Houston's first game is scheduled against New England on March 11, at 6:30 p.m.. The Dynamo will close the tournament against New England, a rematch of two MLS Cup finals Sunday, March 13, at a time to be announced later.

T. Fitz Johnson, owner of the Atlanta Beat, is the organizer of the tournament.

"Atlanta has shown strong support for soccer events throughout the city," said Johnson. "This is a great opportunity to see if an MLS franchise will be a good fit for the market as we host the tournament in our brand-new soccer-specific facility."

The APSC will be the Dynamo's last action of the preseason before their MLS and home opener against the second-year Philadelphia Union on Saturday, March 19, at Roberson Stadium in Houston.

The Houston Dynamo's preseason schedule currently looks like this:

Date Tournament vs. Opponent Location
Sat, Feb. 5 Scrimmage vs. Houston Baptist University Houston
Sat, Feb. 12 South Texas Shootout vs. FC Dallas Corpus Christi
Tues, Feb. 15 Scrimmage vs. Sporting Kansas City Phoenix
Thur, Feb 17 Scrimmage vs. Columbus Crew Phoenix
Sat, Feb. 19 Scrimmage vs. Portland Timbers Phoenix
Tues, Feb. 22 Scrimmage vs. Seattle Sounders FC Orlando
Thur, Feb. 24 Disney Pro Soccer Classic vs. TBD Orlando
Sat, Feb. 26 Disney Pro Soccer Classic vs. TBD Orlando
Sat, Mar. 5 Meet the Team Day Scrimmage vs. SMU Houston
Tues, Mar. 8 Scrimmage vs. Real Salt Lake Houston
Fri, Mar. 11 Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge vs. Columbus Crew Kennesaw (Atlanta)
Sun, Mar. 13 Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge vs. New England Revolution Kennesaw (Atlanta)

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