FC Tucson has three talented goalies in 2012 holdover Michael D'Arrigo, Louisville's Michael Mauro and South Florida's Dallas Jaye.
It is Jaye though will start Thursday night's critical home match up against the OC Blue Star FC as it was he who authored the club's two historic wins during their recent run in the U.S. Open Cup.
FC Tucson beat Phoenix FC and San Antonio to become the farthest advancing Premier Development League team in the tournament, before losing to the Houston Dynamo 2-0, a game in which Jaye showed his metal with five difficult saves.
The 19-year old came to Tucson not even expecting to play. But at the start of the season when Mauro injured his hand and with D'Arrigo still finishing classes in Kentucky, Jaye was given the opportunity to play and he has shined in the goal.
The U. of South Florida junior to-be was born and raised in Northern California, however his mother is a descendant of the tiny Pacific island nation of Guam and as a result Jaye plays for that country on the international level.
It has allowed him to gain valuable experience in qualifying matches on the World Cup stage.
Jaye was a critical part of the Bulls making the NCAA Tournament last season where they lost in the 2nd round to Tulsa.
FC Tucson (1-1-3) currently sits in 4th place in the PDL Table and needs wins this weekend against the Fuego (4-0-1) and The OC Blue Star FC (1-2-1).
The club will be without one it's premier forwards Thursday night as Sunnyside grad Ricardo Velazco will serve the 2nd game of a two-game Red Card suspension for a flagrant foul in FC Tucson's draw on May 26th against the OC Blue Star FC.
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