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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»

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»

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»

Phoenix battled to a tough win against a New York squad made up mostly of reserve players.

As soccer spring training wound up, Tucsonans got to see the first appearance of Alejandro Gamarra, known as Kaku, in a Red Bulls uniform. Portland's Armenteros was a game-changer, again. Read more»

David Villa puts in a well-timed tackle against Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler.

If there were any doubts that U.S. national team keeper Sean Johnson was a great acquisition for New York City FC, they were allayed near the hour mark of the team’s match against Sporting Kansas City at Kino Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Tucson. Read more»

Sporting Kansas City's Dániel Sallói maneuvers into the box.

Sporting Kansas City made short work of an improvised line-up of the New York Red Bulls at Kino North Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 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»

Kevin Ellis (12) was one of many long time-SKC players brought in at the hour mark.

New England’s Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen had numerous chances on goal, but it fell to Teal Bunbury to even things up for the Revs when they took on Sporting Kansas City in the Desert Diamond Cup on Saturday night. Read more»

Colorado Rapids and Swope Park Rangers battle it out at Kino Stadium on Wednesday night.

As games got underway in the Desert Diamond Cup, Swope Park Rangers delivered defeat to the Colorado Rapids in their very first full match. Columbus and Kansas City tied in a see-saw competition during their preseason soccer match in Tucson. Read more»

Brad Davis won two MLS Cups with the Houston Dynamo, but is training at Kino Sports Complex with his new team, Sporting Kansas City.

They only spend a few weeks a year here, but for Sporting Kansas City, Tucson is like home. Peter Vermes and SKC are in the middle of their sixth preseason trip to Tucson. Read more»

Ten Major League Soccer teams will join FC Tucson in the 2016 Desert Cup and Desert Friendlies matches, along with U.S. National Team soccer stars such as Clint Dempsey, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. The fifth year of the preseason event will be in late January and early February. Read more»

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