Seems to me that the Columbus Crew are fighting it out with Real Salt Lake to become the Harlem Globetrotters of the MLS this pre-season. Not with show-off moves and uniforms that are so grounded in the 70's that even Jimmy Walker would say "Damn, quit living in the past" but by playing anywhere that a team isn't playing currently.
They played RSL in Tampa on the 15th, tonight they take on FC Dallas out in Arizona, and on March 4th they are bring MLS action back to the bay area when they take on Houston Dynamo in San Francisco. In addition to playing Columbus in Tampa, Real Salt Lake are taking trips to Orlando (which is like, the new Bradenton apparently), Fresno, and Las Vegas where they will take on Colorado. Their is also a warm-ups against a small team in Spain called Real Madrid.