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Real Salt Lake coach Pablo Mastroeni chats with Salpointe Lancers coach Wolfgang Weber (r) at a preseason match

Real Salt Lake Coach Pablo Mastroeni first stepped on a soccer field in Tucson not as a coach and not as a MLS player doing preseason training, but as a player for the Tucson Amigos, Read more»

Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad

Sacramento Republic FC was outshot and for much of the match outplayed by Real Salt Lake at Tucson's Kino North Stadium on Saturday night, but a late game goal earned the USL Championship side a draw against the one-time MLS Cup champions. Read more»

World Cup vet Xerdan Shaquiri in action for the Chicago Fire against Sacramento Republic on Wednesday night. Both teams will be playing on Saturday.

FC Tucson’s Desert Showcase has a second day of preseason soccer contests at Kino North Stadium on Saturday. Read more»

FC Tucson owner Jon Pearlman laughs with staff while preparing for a press conference at the Kino Sports Complex

Preseason soccer in Tucson this year will include 2 former MLS champions: Real Salt Lake, featuring Tucson native Justen Glad, and the Chicago Fire FC, featuring Swiss World Cup goal-scorer and former Liverpool player Xherdan Shaqiri, and 7 other pro teams. 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»

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»

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»

Arizona forward Jada Talley in action against ASU in a win on March 19th.

Arizona is scheduled for the final two home matches with a contest against Stanford on Friday and California on Sunday. Plus: a limited-capacity Kino will host the first matches of the Sun Cup on Saturday. 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»

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»

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»

Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre made an excellent save to deny Real Salt Lake a second goal.

After a “soft” Wednesday opening for the Sun Cup, fans that came to Kino Stadium on Saturday saw a revamped LA Galaxy and got a small taste of the storied Portland - Seattle rivalry. Soccer spring training continues in Tucson. Read more»

FC Tucson's Aaron Herrera (25) stands up a player from Calgary Foothills FC in the box in the 2016 Premier Development League playoffs

The bad news is that you won’t see Aaron Herrera on the back line for FC Tucson this coming season. The good news is you’ll see him play in Major League Soccer. Read more»

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