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FC Tucson joins United Soccer League

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Tucson, AZ (Friday, January 31 2013) - Today FC Tucson announced its 2014 United Soccer League home schedule, which includes seven Premier Development League matches. FC Tucson will also be a part of a newly formed Mountain Division, which includes two clubs from the Southwest (BYU Cougars and FC Tucson), one club from the Heartland (Real Colorado Foxes) and two brand new PDL clubs (Albuquerque Sol FC and Las Vegas Mobsters).

"The formation of a new division is an exciting sign of growth for the Premier Development League and for United Soccer Leagues," said FC Tucson Chief Business Officer Chris Keeney. "The league welcomes eight new PDL clubs and we get to compete against two of them. We knew we were a part of something special when we first joined the league and we continue to see USL's efforts pay off. We can't wait to establish new rivalries in the Mountain Division and to continue past ones."

FC Tucson will still play several of its Southwest Division rivals. The club has home and home matches with the Southern California Seahorses and Orange County Blues FC. The schedule is rounded out with one home match against heated rival Ventura County Fusion.

Single-match tickets will go on sale at a later date but fans can purchase 2014 season tickets by heading to www.fctucson.com.

  

2014 Schedule*

Thursday, May 8: at BYU Cougars @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, May 10: at Las Vegas Mobsters @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, May 17: Orange County Blues FC @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, May 24: at Real Colorado Foxes @ 8:30 p.m.

  

Wednesday, May 28: BYU Cougars @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, May 31: Southern California Seahorses @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Friday, June 6: at Albuquerque Sol FC @ 8:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, June 7: Albuquerque Sol FC @ 8:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, June 14: Las Vegas Mobsters @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Saturday, June 21: Ventura County Fusion @ 7:30 p.m.

  

Thursday, June 26: at Southern California @ 7:00 p.m.

  

Saturday, June 28: at Orange Blues FC @ 8:00 p.m.

  

Friday, July 4: Albuquerque Sol FC

  

Saturday, July 12: Real Colorado Foxes

  

TBA: Game A

TBA: Game B

TBA: Game C

*All kick off times are Arizona time.

 

Meet the Mountain Division

  

Albuquerque Sol FC

Albuquerque has long been a soccer hotbed in the Southwest thanks to the University of New Mexico's nationally renowned soccer program. The Sol officially joined the PDL on December 5, 2013 and will hope to use its ties to the New Mexico program (head coach Chris Cartlidge was a volunteer assistant coach with the Lobos) to make a strong first impression in the league.

BYU Cougars

Prior to joining the PDL in 2003, the Cougars won seven Collegiate Club Soccer national championships (1993, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99 and 2001). Since joining PDL, BYU hasn't seen the same amount of success but it did win a division title in 2007 and reached the playoffs in 2006 and 2007. Last season the Cougars compiled a record of 6-6-2 and finished fourth in the Southwest Division, one point ahead of FC Tucson.

Las Vegas Mobsters

The Mobsters officially joined the PDL on October 13, 2013, and made national headlines not just for its location (long brought up in MLS expansion debates) but also for its unique name. The club will be managed by coach Tony Asquith and play on the home soccer field of UNLV. The Mobsters are now the highest level of soccer in Nevada.

Real Colorado Foxes

The Foxes enter their sixth season in PDL but it will be their first season outside of the Heartland Division. In the last three years Real Colorado has qualified for the US Open Cup (reaching the second round in 2011) thanks to strong performances during its regular season campaigns. Last season the club finished the year with a 9-3-2 record, good enough for second in the Heartland Division.

About FC Tucson

FC Tucson, established in 2010, is committed to bringing the highest caliber of competitive soccer to Tucson and establishing a successful and long-lasting source of pride for city, county, state and country. FC Tucson owns FC Tucson Soccer, Tucson's top-level soccer team and the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, a Major League Soccer pre-season tournament. Our owners, coaches, players and staff will play to win in sport, business and community connection. We recognize that our quality, commitment and passion for the game will guide our success and establish deep bonds with our stakeholders as we strive to be recognized and respected locally, nationally and internationally. In 2012, FC Tucson was named the PDL Rookie Franchise of the Year. To stay up to date on what is going on with the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, check out the team's website at www.fctucson.com. You can also visit the team's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FCTUCSON and follow all of the news related to FC Tucson on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FCTucson.

About Kino Sports Complex

Kino Sports Complex is the largest venue in Pima County for youth, amateur and professional sports, concerts, and community events. The fields of this 155-acre natural grass complex can be adjusted for various sports and uses including baseball, soccer, football, and lacrosse. The south baseball complex includes the 11,000-seat Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, seven full-size fields, three clubhouses and parking. The north soccer complex includes the 2,900-seat North Stadium, which is home to the FC Tucson soccer club, a 1,000-seat North Grandstand field, four additional fields, and a clubhouse with parking. 

 

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