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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»

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»

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»

A trip down memory lane: Pablo Mastroeni at Kino Soccer Complex in his days as coach for the Colorado Rapids in 2014.

Arizona-raised Pablo Mastroeni has made several preseason trips to Tucson, but this year marks his first as an assistant coach for RSL. The MLS Cup winner and World Cup vet talks about growing as a coach and his playing days in Tucson. 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»

Arizona forward Jill Aguilera tries for a hat trick as she goes one on one with UTEP goalkeeper Mariah Scott in last weekend's match.

Playing in the spring rather than the fall has upended the usual preparation for the Arizona Wildcats’ PAC-12 matches. In a normal season, the coaching staff has a few matches the previous spring to prepare the players that are going to return, then a few fall matches to work in any freshmen and transfers. Read more»

Arizona Wildcat forwards Jill Aguilera and Jada Talley

Wildcats Jill Aguilera and Jada Talley will be headed to the National Women’s Soccer League; Plus: FC Tucson "confident" team will host MLS preseason play in March, and Herrera works the backline against Trinidad and Tobago Read more»

Columbus midfielder Lucas Zelarayan against the Houston Dynamo.

The Columbus Crew earned the Sun Cup trophy on Saturday night in the team’s first year of participating in preseason competition at Kino Sports Complex. This year marked the 10th February that Tucson has hosted Major League Soccer teams. Read more»

Real Salt Lake players (left to right) Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Donny Toia and Tate Schmitt

Real Salt Lake has strong ties to Southern Arizona, including four players who either grew up in Tucson or played for FC Tucson. Read more»

Real Salt Lake mifdielder Justin Portillo smashes the ball downfield.

The 2020 installment of the Visit Tucson Sun Cup opened with two matches at Kino Sports Complex on Saturday. Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City had a scoreless draw, while Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls tied with one goal each. Read more»

Phoenix Rising FC made a visit to the Old Pueblo Wednesday to face off with FC Cincinnati, who have been training at Kino Sports Complex for two weeks. The Arizona side lost the match, 3 – 0. Read more»

FC Cincinnati began training at Kino on January 20.

FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans was surprisingly frank about a morning training session at Kino, as MLS preseason soccer kicks off in Tucson. Read more»

New Pima Aztec signings (left to right) Riley Bonner, Emily Valenzuela, Angelina Amparano, Nayeli Vidal and Mariyah Leonard

The Pima Community College women's soccer program added five players to its 2020 signing class on Saturday, including two from Salpointe. Plus, the 2020 schedule of MLS's Sun Cup spring training in Tucson. Read more»

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