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Schedule of Major League Soccer preseason games in Arizona

Matches in the Desert Friendlies and Desert Diamond Cup are scheduled Feb. 1 through March 1 and include 12 MLS teams plus FC Tucson and the NASL’s Indy Eleven.... Read more»

Arizona soccer

Wildcat Ponce gets look from Mexican nat'l team

Arizona Wildcat senior Jazmin Ponce is packing her bags for a trip to China to join the Mexican national team as they prepare for the Yongchuan Cup in that country. “My dream is finally coming true,” said Ponce.... Read more»

Desert Friendlies

Super Bowl XLVIII: Yes, there's a soccer connection

When they are watching the Super Bowl next week, Seahawks fans should thank Sounders FC and soccer fans that they have a team to root for, says author and radio personality Mike Gastineau... Read more»

Pima Community College

Aztec alumni hosting baseball camp

Pima Community College baseball program staff and alumni are organizing a day on the field for kids, with current and former pro ballplayers teaching a clinic next Saturday.... Read more»

Longtime FC Tucson player cracks soccer big time

Major League Soccer held their annual SuperDraft on Friday, and in the second round, Portland Timbers FC chose FC Tucson midfielder Aaron Long. The UC Riverside senior has played for FC Tucson since 2011.... Read more»

108 get kick out of FC Tucson open try-outs

FC Tucson had 108 players show up for their open try-out this weekend, more than the 50-60 that the Premier Development League soccer team had in last year’s public scrimmage. “This is the best try-out in any of our years as a club,” said coach Rick Schantz.... Read more»

U.S. Soccer's 'Best XI' neglects great players of old

The U.S. Soccer Federation has wound up their 100th anniversary year by announcing their all-time Best XI national team for both the men and women, but did they miss a big part of the history of the game?... Read more»

FC Tucson holding open tryouts

If you dream of being a soccer star, FC Tucson is offering a chance to get your foot in the net. To participate in the semi-pro team’s open tryouts next month, all it takes is some talent on the pitch — and $20.... Read more»1

Looming Super Bowl drives efforts to toughen Az sex trafficking laws

With the clock ticking down to the 2015 Super Bowl, nonprofits and advocates are already working to raise awareness about sex trafficking and persuade lawmakers to toughen laws. Advocates say that sex trafficking increases around sporting events, and the Super Bowl in particular. That was a consideration when a committee appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer made recommendations for new laws and policies in September.... Read more»

Soccer notes

Nielsen: SKC's 'hunger' finally brought them to MLS Cup

Kansas City keeper Jimmy Nielsen talks up his team’s road to Saturday’s MLS Cup. Plus: Gauna itchy to play for FC Tucson again, fans play in a tourney for vets and the famous Group of Death... Read more»

FC Tucson Fall Soccer Showcase

Kicked by a kid, Goats fall to FC Tucson

FC Tucson’s lineup on Friday night featured a number of good college players plus a smattering of ex-pros who have played in leagues all over North America, but it took a high school kid two weeks shy of his 18th birthday to give them a win over Major League Soccer’s CD Chivas USA.... Read more»

FC Tucson Fall Soccer Showcase

FC Tucson releases lineup vs. Chivas USA

FC Tucson released its lineup for Friday night’s match against CD Chivas USA. It will include many who played for the team this summer, plus players from past seasons and three high school players, including Dominic Papa, Reid Schmitt and Rincon High player Sadam Ali. Former Tucson player Donny Toia may make an appearance for Chivas.... Read more»

FC Tucson Fall Soccer Showcase

'Young, fresh & energetic' Chivas USA squad to take field vs. FC Tucson

After the Los Angeles-based club posted the second worst season in their history, CD Chivas USA starts their path out of the cellar and will take on FC Tucson at Kino on Friday night as part of the local team’s Fall Soccer Showcase.... Read more»

Phoenix FC

League pulls franchise from Phoenix FC owners group

According to reports from Phoenix, United Soccer Leagues has terminated its franchise agreement with BDR Sports, LLC, the company that owns and operates Phoenix FC. The league says the team will continue under new owners.... Read more»

Fall Showcase soccer

FC Tucson to inaugurate stadium with friendly vs. MLS side Chivas

The first official match at Pima County’s new soccer stadium at the Kino Sports Complex will feature local side FC Tucson against Major League Soccer’s CD Chivas USA. The announcement of the Nov. 15 event was made at a ribbon-cutting Wednesday for the 2,360-seat facility at Country Club and Ajo.... Read more»

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