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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»

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»

The 2021 edition of the Visit Tucson Sun Cup closed Saturday night with Real Salt Lake winning the coveted preseason trophy. RSL’s two wins earned them six points to finish at the top of the table, despite their loss on the final day of the tournament. Read more»

LA Galaxy's Javier Hernandez holds off a challenge from Colorado defender Lalas Abubakar.

Wednesday afternoon and evening saw the second day of Sun Cup preseason soccer action in Tucson. Pima County’s COVID restrictions meant a relatively small crowd saw the five goals scored on the day. Read more»

Sporting's Jaylin Lindsey on the ball.

The 2021 Visit Tucson Sun Cup featured two matches Saturday: an afternoon contest between Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy and an evening match featuring Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids. Read more»

Columbus Crew SC celebrates winning the 2021 Sun Cup last February 23rd at Kino North Stadium

Major League Soccer preseason will begin in Tucson on March 16. Plus: Sacramento's loss could be Phoenix's gain; Cougars call off Tucson swing. Read more»

FC Tucson head coach Jonathan Pearlman

When FC Tucson plays its final regular season match at home Saturday night, it will be their third match in five days. As bad as that match with the Colorado Rapids U-23 squad could be, the local team already secured first place in the Mountain Division earlier this week. Read more»

Houston captain Ricardo Clark squares to take a shot against the Rapids.

Honduran forward Romell Quioto scored a brace that earned the Houston Dynamo a win over the Colorado Rapids and the championship in the Desert Diamond Cup. Read more»

Tony Cascio is back in Rapids burgundy.

Tony Cascio, an Arizona native, got the call from his old club while he was at the hospital after his wife gave birth to their first child. After an injury-laden career that’s taken Cascio from Colorado to Houston and now back to Colorado with some stops in between, he had felt like hanging up things as a professional soccer player. Read more»

Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers jumps in to dispossess New England forward Juan Agudelo.

Colorado and New England had a rainy dress rehearsal for their MLS opening day match on Saturday afternoon. Colorado’s Caleb Calvert had a brace that gave his side a 3 - 1 win over the Revs. Read more»

Colorado's Dillon Powers scores a penalty kick in Wednesday's match against Sporting Kansas City.

The Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution suit up Saturday for a Desert Diamond Cup game. It won’t only be a dress rehearsal from their March 4 opening day contest against each other, but will be a chance for both teams to work on some necessary changes from last season. Read more»

Kansas City defender Jimmy Medranda attempts to tackle the ball away from Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers.

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

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