FC Tucson became the Scorpions’ opponent in the US Open Cup second round match at Toyota Field on May 21st after defeating Phoenix FC on May 14th 2-1. Tucson, a USL Premier Development Side, was able to score a late winning goal at home against Phoenix FC, who play in the USL Professional side.
FC Tucson was established in in 2010 and played their first season in a smaller organized league in the Tucson region. On December 15, 2011, the club announced that they were to join the USL’s Premier Development League for the 2012 season.
In their first season in the PDL, FC Tucson finished second in the Southwest Division, winning nine matches while drawing four, and only losing three. Their defense ranked fourth in the league, and they were able to go 10 games unbeaten at one point during the season. FC Tucson eventually lost in the PDL Western Conference Semi-Finals to the Seattle Sounders U-23 team.
The club plays at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson and their colors mirror the Scorpions’ red and black scheme. Rick Schantz is the current head coach of FC Tucson and currently has the PDL side sitting fifth in the Southwest Division standings, after drawing their first game of the campaign.
18-year-old Connor Bevans could be the danger man for Tucson. The young forward scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Phoenix FC, including the last gasp winner. His attacking ability could prove difficult for the Scorpions.
The USL Premier Development League is the top level of men’s amateur soccer in the United States. The league is split up into four conferences and nine regional divisions, all encompassing a total of 62 teams.
Toyota Field will be hosting yet another exciting match with an incredible atmosphere. For the venue’s first ever Open Cup match, beer, hot dogs and soft drinks will be on sale at the stadium for $2.00 a piece. Excellent tickets are still available at Toyota Field for the Cup match against FC Tucson, so call 210-495-8686 or visit Ticketmaster.com to get yours quickly.