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FC Tucson soccer

FC Tucson closes out season on high note

Final home game a commanding win over FC Sunland

FC Tucson defeated FC Sunland 6 - 0 in its last home game this season. Gonzaga graduate Phillippe Garre notched two in the second half.

First half action was nearly all in front of Sunland's goal. Even through the barrage, Sunland's young goal keeper, Blas Castro, kept the score at a respectable 2-0 at the halftime break.

FC Tucson's Glenn Vauss had nothing but praise for his teammates' performance. "There was quality everywhere. We made many substitutions and still kept the level very high."

"The end result was perfect," Vauss said.

Both Castro and Sunland coach Joe Sandoval attributed the loss to lack of possession and wing play, but also to inexperience. Sunland has many players still in high school.

"We faced a superior team," said Sandoval.

Even with the score line, Castro was happy for the experience. "It was our biggest game."

FC Sunland is from Sunland Park, N.M., which hugs the Mexican border between Las Cruces and El Paso. Being in a border community, Sandoval's players often feel torn between playing in Mexico (many of the players have dual citizenship) or going to colleges in the United States.

"I try to encourage my kids to stay in the US and get their education while they play their game," Castro said.

FC Sunland has been invited to a tournament in Pachuca, Mexico and will be traveling down there in November. FC Tucson's home season is done, but they will be going to San Diego for the Albion Cup.

Garre to try out for Quakes

So, how many of these guys will be back next year?

"I'm having fun here, I hope I can come back," said midfielder Glenn Vauss.

One that might not be back is Phillippe Garre, who is off to San Jose this weekend for a tryout with the Earthquakes. Among his honors during his time at Gonzaga University, he earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in the Seattle University Tournament last year. He's from Phoenix, and played for the Arizona Sahuaros during the Desert Cup 

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FC Tucson forward Dre Saldana controls the ball in FC Sunland's end of the field.