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FC Tucson midfielder Daniel Bedoya

There was no way to gloss over Saturday’s loss that FC Tucson had at Richmond. Returning keeper Carlos Merancio had to pick the ball out of the back of his net four times and the team finished the game with only 10 players on the field. Read more»

In the offseason, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has played for Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2015. Many of the top players in the WNBA compete overseas because the money is so lucrative.

Brittney Griner is the WNBA player the Russian Federal Customs Service said was arrested on suspicion of smuggling liquid cannabis, the Phoenix Mercury confirmed Saturday. Read more»

Horses race at Rillito in 2015.

Something is not right in Arizona horse racing. On Saturday I was at Rillito Racetrack in Tucson. There were two horses that suffered life-ending injuries on opening day. On Sunday, Rillito had two more dead horses. One during racing and another during an incident in the paddock. Read more»

Tackles were flying throughout the match.

Former FC Tucson player Charlie Dennis scored for Oakland in one of only a few chances the team had against FC Tucson on Satuday. Read more»

Former FC Tucson player Charlie Dennis in action for the Oakland Roots in a match against FC Tulsa at Kino this week.

FC Tucson has a preseason match on Saturday against USL Western Conference semifinalist Oakland Roots. Coach Jon Pearlman said local soccer fans should look forward to a "a high-intensity training session." Read more»

Lalas Abubakar during warmups in Colorado's match against Kansas City at Kino North Stadium last Saturday.

Rapids center back talks preseason soccer and hair before his team's match against bottom-dwelling Texans, as the game with the Dynamo closes out MLS Desert Showcase matches in Tucson. Read more»

Former FC Tucson keeper Wallis Lapsley during the Sounders-Timbers contest last Wednesday.

Wallis Lapsley made 28 appearances for FC Tucson in 2021, but found himself out of contract at the end of the season. He’s taken a step up: competing for a roster spot with two-time MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders while they train at Kino. Read more»

Colorado's Philip Mayaka wins a duel for the ball.

Despite the presence of proven goal-scorers like Khiry Shelton on the field, Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City played to a nil-nil draw at Kino North Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Read more»

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes at Kino in 2020

Saturday's preseason soccer contest at Kino North Stadium will feature two MLS originals. Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids have played at Kino numerous times over the decade Tucson has hosted preseason, but it's the new faces that fans of those teams will be watching. Read more»

Seattle's Jackson Ragen outjumps Portland's Tega Ikoba.

On Wednesday night, the stands of Kino North Stadium were dominated by two shades of green as fans of the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders were decked out in their favored teams’ jerseys. They were excited to see another edition of a storied rivalry, but they didn’t see any goals. Read more»

Timbers Army at Kino in 2019.

The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have been rivals since both teams played in the old NASL and first met at what was then called Civic Stadium in Portland in 1975 (a win for the Sounders, fans will point out). The latest edition of the rivalry kicks off at Tucson's Kino North Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Read more»

Dirt track competition at Canyon Speedway isn’t just about drivers enhancing their skills. it’s about creating a family-friendly atmosphere, its owners say.

The rich history of Arizona dirt track racing is at the risk of making a dangerously long pit stop as tracks that were once popular family gatherings as well as stepping stones to NASCAR success are struggling to survive. Read more»

It’s always disappointing to discover an athlete we’ve admired for years turns out to be a narcissistic condescending entitled asshole. Read more»

RSL defender Donny Toia greets his daughter after winning the 2021 Sun Cup. Preseason matches are being dubbed the Desert Showcase this year.

FC Tucson has announced dates for Major League Soccer preseason matches in Tucson, with organizers dropping the idea of a "Cup" tournament and billing the games as the "Desert Showcase." Read more»

Carter Jackson would sign a professional contract as a minor. Playing the game he loves in a big stadium in front of cheering fans would be a 'win-win,' he says.

Although boys of any age can sign to play professionally under Major League Soccer rules in the U.S., the National Women’s Soccer League requires players to be at least 17 before signing a contract - so for many youth players, the path to sign as a minor doesn’t exist yet. Read more»

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