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FC Tucson releases schedule

Fans of FC Tucson have been asking one question since the team's debut at the Desert Cup in March: When do we get to see the schedule?

Monday, the Tucson soccer team released a list of confirmed dates that includes several matches against international squads.

Tucson will compete in a nine-team league dubbed the Men's Super Soccer League. No word from the league front office if capes will be allowed.

Tucson will be playing in the league's Central Division with two other Arizona teams, including longtime minor league squad Arizona Sahuaros.

Home games will be played at Murphy Field in midtown Tucson, home field of the University of Arizona women's soccer team. The field hosted some home games for the Tucson Amigos in their heyday.

The team has also scheduled matches against three international teams that are training in Casa Grande for June's Under-17 World Cup.

The team also expects to schedule other home matches.

The team is not yet ready to release a full roster, but several local players who are college standouts will be playing for Tucson including Canyon Del Oro High School graduate Nick Marshall. Marshall scored eight goals for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas last season, a team high for a freshman.

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Other locals on the squad will include CDO grad Kodiak Gambles, along with Salpointe  Catholic High School graduate and University of San Diego goalkeeper Charles Blaise.

A nickname?

Teams in Europe and Latin America will often be named simply with initials like FC, SC, CA or NK appended to the name of the city they play in. These are all variations of "Athletic Club" or "Football Club" and FC Tucson has followed that tradition as well.

Coach Rick Schantz would like fans to weigh in on whether the team should have a more distinctive moniker. Suggestions may be made through the team's Facebook page.

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March's MLS Desert Cup opened with a game between FC Tucson in black and the Arizona Sahuaros in yellow.

FC Tucson schedule

All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The home field will be Murphy Field at Mulcahy Stadium, 2300 E. 15th St., between Tucson Boulevard and Plumer Avenue.

  • May 13: FC Tucson vs. Prescott FC at Murphy Stadium.
  • May 21: FC Tucson vs. Arizona Sahuaros at Murphy Stadium.
  • May 24: Rwanda U17 vs. FC Tucson at Grande Sports World
  • May 26: Canada U17 vs. FC Tucson at Grande Sports World
  • June 3: Arizona Sahuaros vs. FC Tucson at Arizona
  • June 4: Prescott FC vs. FC Tucson at Prescott
  • June 11: FC Tucson vs. Prescott FC at Murphy Stadium
  • June 13: New Zealand U17 vs. FC Tucson at Grande Sports World
  • June 17: FC Tucson vs. Arizona Sahuaros at Murphy Stadium
  • June 24: Prescott vs. FC Tucson at Prescott
  • June 25: Arizona Sahuaros vs. FC Tucson at Arizona
  • July 8: FC Tucson vs. El Paso Patriots at Murphy Stadium
  • July 9: El Paso Patriots vs. FC Tucson at El Paso
  • July 15: Playoffs
  • July 16: Championships