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Schantz tunes up FC Tucson midfield for 2015 season

FC Tucson will kick off their season on Saturday night with a friendly match against Arizona Sahuaros. Coach Rick Schantz has been running short-sided practice sessions for two weeks trying to restore last years's midfield magic.... Read more»

FC Tucson announces soccer signings

FC Tucson announced a slew of signings in anticipation of their match this weekend. Names familiar to fans of the local soccer squad will include David Clemens, Odaine Sinclair, Edgar Reyna and Dom Papa.... Read more»

FC Tucson gears up for another Open Cup run

“It's like, 'insert minor league team here' could play against the New York Yankees in a March Madness-style single elimination tournament,” said broadcaster Josh Hakala of the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament that FC Tucson has qualified for again this year. “Literally, you and I can get a team together. If we win enough qualifying games, we could play the Galaxy.”... Read more»

Thorns defeat re-christened FC Tucson Women

A well-organized back line kept FC Tucson Women in contention against the Portland Thorns FC in the local soccer team’s very first match under their new name, but the pros from Rose City came away with a 2 – 0 win.... Read more»

Soccer notes

Velazco among former FC Tucson players making pro debuts this weekend

Two matches on Saturday kick off 2015's USL season. Of special interest to us in Tucson is that this weekend’s matches will feature several former FC Tucson players.... Read more»

Re-named FC Tucson Women to debut vs. Portland Thorns

Earlier this month, FC Tucson announced that it will be taking over what was until then called TSA FC, Tucson’s women’s soccer team. The rebranded team hopes to benefit from FC Tucson's reputation.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup

Papa, Velazco see time on the field as RSL defeats SKC

Wednesday night's Desert Diamond Cup matches confirmed the places for Saturday night's games. They also featured a few familiar but surprising faces in the line-ups. Dom Papa and Ricardo Velazco saw time on the field as RSL defeated SKC, while FC Tucson lost a hard-fought match with Colorado.... Read more»

Viva il Papa! FC Tucson counts on longtime player's experience

Some players earn nicknames like el Pibe or Gazza. Some, like FC Tucson’s Dom Papa, don’t require one. The 27-year-old is the only player to figure in every season for the Tucson soccer side.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup

SKC keeps Sounders at bay in headliner match

The Desert Diamond Cup had a second day of action on Saturday night at Kino Sports Complex. Fine weather and the promise of U.S. national team stars on display brought out a record 3,661 fans. Three separate matches were on offer spread across two fields. An 11-goal tally was the reward for fans who stayed from start to finish.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup

Sounders blare over FC Tucson

For 40 minutes of the second half at Kino North Stadium on Wednesday night, FC Tucson held their own against four-time U.S. Open Cup winners Seattle Sounders. It was what happened before and after that stretch that didn’t go so well for the team, to say the least.... Read more»

Desert Friendlies

Magyar wizardry: FC Tucson drops first match of year to Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City and FC Tucson met for the fourth time in as many years in a preseason contest at Kino Sports Complex. The local side fell Monday in a spirited match with their top-level opponents, 4 - 2.... Read more»

Soccer notes

Barnes: 'My aim is to lift MLS Cup'

Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes says "everyone's bubbling" in preseason soccer. Plus, FC Tucson learns schedule, U.S. Open Cup fate.... Read more»

Wheelchair rugby tourney to be held at PCC

Pima Community College will host the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Jan. 17-18 at the West Campus gym.... Read more»

FC Tucson falls hard to Kitsap Pumas in championship

FC Tucson’s run in the PDL playoffs ended with a loud thud against a physical and confident Kitsap Pumas squad Saturday night. By the time the match was over, Tucson was down three goals and three players. It was only the team’s third defeat in league play, and their first since June 21.... Read more»

Last-minute strike gives FC Tucson win over young Caps

Two of the four PDL division semifinal matches Friday night went into overtime. It looked like the last one, FC Tucson’s contest with Vancouver Whitecaps FC U23, would be the third. But a last-minute desperate goal from Sebastian de Rada gave FC Tucson the win and a slot in the Western Conference final Saturday.... Read more»

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