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MLS preseason

Phoenix, Portland win Sun Cup undercard matches

As soccer spring training wound up, Tucsonans got to see the first appearance of Alejandro Gamarra, known as Kaku, in a Red Bulls uniform. Portland's Armenteros was a game-changer, again.... Read more»

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Desert Diamond Cup

Johnson’s heroics save NYC FC on Cup’s final day

If there were any doubts that U.S. national team keeper Sean Johnson was a great acquisition for New York City FC, they were allayed near the hour mark of the team’s match against Sporting Kansas City at Kino Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Tucson.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup

KC but no sunshine: Sporting beats Red Bulls

Sporting Kansas City made short work of an improvised line-up of the New York Red Bulls at Kino North Stadium on Saturday afternoon.... Read more»

Pics: Houston, Red Bulls come away with wins in MLS preseason

The promotional materials say that the Desert Diamond Cup begins on Saturday, but six soccer teams were in action on Wednesday night.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup: New England, Kansas City end level

New England’s Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen had numerous chances on goal, but it fell to Teal Bunbury to even things up for the Revs when they took on Sporting Kansas City in the Desert Diamond Cup on Saturday night.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup

Swope Park beats former MLS champs in Tucson debut

As games got underway in the Desert Diamond Cup, Swope Park Rangers delivered defeat to the Colorado Rapids in their very first full match. Columbus and Kansas City tied in a see-saw competition during their preseason soccer match in Tucson.... Read more»

Preseason soccer in Tucson

Few new names, but a familiar Kino complex for Kansas City's preseason

They only spend a few weeks a year here, but for Sporting Kansas City, Tucson is like home. Peter Vermes and SKC are in the middle of their sixth preseason trip to Tucson.... Read more»

10 MLS teams announced for Desert Cup, Friendlies

Ten Major League Soccer teams will join FC Tucson in the 2016 Desert Cup and Desert Friendlies matches, along with U.S. National Team soccer stars such as Clint Dempsey, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. The fifth year of the preseason event will be in late January and early February.... Read more»

Desert Diamond Cup

DDC early matches on final day give win to Revs, draw to SKC & Sounders

The New England Revolution defeated local club FC Tucson with goals from Teal Bunbury, Kellyn Rowe and former Seattle Sounders forward Sean Okoli. Seattle and Kansas City ended their time in Tucson with a 1 - 1 draw at Field No. 5.... 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»

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

Sporting KC working up to season slowly but surely

Kansas City Coach Peter Vermes still believes he has a winning system, its just a matter of getting a raft of new soccer players used to it. Plus: Remembering U.S. national team goalkeeper Frank Borghi.... Read more»

Desert Friendlies

SKC offense fruitless against Timbers

Sporting Kansas City fell to the Portland Timbers 2-0 in a preseason soccer match at Kino North Stadium on Saturday night.... Read more»

Soccer

Desert Friendlies: Espinoza back in SKC blue

Sporting Kansas City started their training in Monday’s chill in Tucson with a familiar face back on the team: Roger Espinoza. His return is welcome to a team that underperformed last year after winning the MLS Cup in the 2013 season.... Read more»

Major League Soccer

MLS playoffs start with intriguing contests

Major League Soccer is calling it the knockout round: the fourth and fifth ranked teams in each conference play each other for the right to move on to the conference semifinals. Who are these teams and why should you care? For starters, one of the teams features Sierra Vista-born goalkeeper Luis Robles.... Read more»

MLS Preseason

Kansas City ties Portland in chippy soccer match

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter often says that there is no such thing as a friendly. A rough and tumble 1-1 draw in a match between his team and Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night went a long way toward proving that.... Read more»

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