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Afonso Pinheiro scores a goal in the 42nd minute. It was the first of two he had on Wednesday night.

Out of their final three matches, FC Tucson only needed a single tie to clinch the top of both the division and conference table. They decided their fate with a win by five goals. Read more»

Nail in the coffin: Arizona United's Long Tan scores his second goal against FC Tucson in the second half.

The history of the U.S. Open Cup is full of scrappy, amateur teams beating experienced, professional sides. That did not, however, happen at Kino Stadium on Wednesday night. FC Tucson fell to their northern neighbors Arizona United SC by a score of 5 – 0. Read more»

FC Tucson's Dom Papa (right) sends the ball past San Nicolas keeper Jose Miranda to open the scoring on Wednesday night.

FC Tucson defeated Pomona’s San Nicolas FC on Wednesday night at Kino Stadium by a score of 3-0. The match was part of opening day of the U.S. Open Cup, with Tucson earning the right to advance in that tournament. Read more»

Brandon Zambrano scores the first goal of the match for Tucson.

At Kino North Stadium on Wednesday night, FC Tucson was only eight minutes away from doing what they did in 2013: advancing in the U.S. Open Cup. It wasn’t to be as a scrappy Chula Vista FC took the match into overtime for a 2–1 loss for the home side. Read more»

FC Tucson's Edgar Reyna stands with team staff during a practice at Kino Field #5 on Tuesday night.

FC Tucson will kick off their season on Saturday night with a friendly match against Arizona Sahuaros. Coach Rick Schantz has been running short-sided practice sessions for two weeks trying to restore last years's midfield magic. Read more»

FC Tucson announced a slew of signings in anticipation of their match this weekend. Names familiar to fans of the local soccer squad will include David Clemens, Odaine Sinclair, Edgar Reyna and Dom Papa. Read more»

“It's like, 'insert minor league team here' could play against the New York Yankees in a March Madness-style single elimination tournament,” said broadcaster Josh Hakala of the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament that FC Tucson has qualified for again this year. “Literally, you and I can get a team together. If we win enough qualifying games, we could play the Galaxy.” Read more»

Rapids forward Deshorn Brown squares to shoot.

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»

Dom Papa holds off a Fresno Fuego defender in a match in 2012.

Some players earn nicknames like el Pibe or Gazza. Some, like FC Tucson’s Dom Papa, don’t require one. The 27-year-old is the only player to figure in every season for the Tucson soccer side. Read more»

Real Salt Lake cross the ball during an attacking move.

For 40 minutes of the second half at Kino North Stadium on Wednesday night, FC Tucson held their own against four-time U.S. Open Cup winners Seattle Sounders. It was what happened before and after that stretch that didn’t go so well for the team, to say the least. Read more»

Chivas USA (in white) and FC Tucson (in red) line up before the match at Kino North Stadium.

FC Tucson is still undefeated against Los Angeles-based Chivas USA — the teams ended a Desert Diamond Cup soccer match tied with a goal each on Wednesday afternoon at Kino North Stadium. Read more»