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Let the games begin

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Soccer month in Tucson starts now.

The beautiful game takes control of our imagination for the next 40 days beginning with an International Friendly Saturday between Canada and Denmark.

This will be the third year of the Desert Diamond Cup and third time in which Major League Soccer invades Southern Arizona for it's winter training camps.

MLS possesses United States game rights for the Olympic gold medal winning Team Mexico and Denmark will play the Mexicans Wednesday in a Friendly up in Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Tucson game with Canada came about because MLS was looking for a place for the Danes to play a tuneup for that match against Mexico.

So let's start with Team Canada. The Canadians have not had a lot of success of late on the world scene.

The country to our north has failed to qualify for the last sis World Cups. 1986 was Canada's last appearance on the World Cup stage.

In October the club suffered an 8-1 setback in a qualifier to Honduras knocking them out of a chance to play in the 2014 World Cup. The loss put into motion yet another coaching change for the National team as Colin Miller replaced Stephen Hart on an interim basis.

Denmark on the other hand was pretty good as late as the 1990s winning FIFA and European Championships and making it to the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup.

Both teams wear red and white. Kickoff at Kino Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

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