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Yavapai looking for better result against FC Tucson


Yavapai FC coach Phil Reid promises a "totally different game" this Saturday than when his team faced off against FC Tucson last month.

Those that like their games close should hope so. Los Tucsonenses dominated that contest on May 13th, defeating Yavapai by the remarkable margin on 7-2.

"We did not know what to expect," said Reid.

It's a common and justified refrain from coaches in a brand new league with little opportunity to scout other teams. Still, he gives Tucson credit for the victory.

"They meant business. They took the game to us."

He points out that his team has more playing time under its belt and a more experienced back line. Like FC Tucson, the team now includes college-age players that have returned home for the summer. This includes goalkeeper Eric Naughton, who attends the University of Arizona.

Yavapai FC draws on players from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Flagstaff. The area has quite a soccer pedigree: eight former Yavapai College Roughriders have played in Major League Soccer, including Toronto FC's Alan Gordon, Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza, and Avery John, formerly of the New England Revolution.

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On the eve of FC Tucson's first matches in March's Desert Cup, management wanted an attractive and professional looking logo. They turned to Erik von Weber, a graphic designer with the firm Headwerk.

The challenge he had was designing a logo that had connections to both the traditions of soccer and had connections to Tucson without being, in his word, "cliché."

To connect to soccer traditions, he had a simple answer: "We needed a shield." Shield-shaped logos are standard for teams across the world but there are exceptions.

To make that connection with Tucson, Weber modified the shield a bit to an arrowhead to be reminiscent of the ancient Hohokam that settled this area from the first through the fifteenth centuries.

The colors were chosen to represent the desert without being "overt." He also included a pattern under the red and white inspired by goal netting and the skin of our desert's lizards and snakes.

Weber ran into a bit of trouble with one part of the design. Originally, he wanted to include five stars to represent the mountain ranges that surround our valley. It was pointed out to him that stars over a team's logo represent championships, of which FC Tucson has none yet. He switched those to diamonds and problem solved.

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Thursday night, FC Tucson's managing partner Greg Foster attended Sporting Kansas City's match with the Chicago Fire. He has also planned on meetings with Sporting Kansas City officials and a tour of their brand new stadium with their team's director of administration, Rick Dressel. Foster hopes to discuss SKC's participation in 2012's Desert Cup as well as more expansive Spring Training plans.

Maybe Foster can serve as a good luck charm for Kansas City in their home debut. They've had a string of road games while their stadium has been completed and have built a dismal record so far this season: only a single win in their first ten matches for six points.

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Saturday's game

  • FC Tucson vs. Yavapai FC
  • Saturday, 8 p.m. at Murphy Field, 2300 E. 15th St.; tickets are $8.