Former Foothills Falcon D'Arrigo signs pro contract - Tucson News Now

Former Foothills Falcon D'Arrigo signs pro contract

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Tucson, AZ (Tuesday, April 8 2014) - Former FC Tucson goalkeeper Michael D'Arrigo signed a professional contract with USL Pro side Arizona United SC according to a statement released by the team today. 

D'Arrigo, a local player who starred with Catalina Foothills High School and Fort Lowell Soccer Club, becomes the sixth former FC Tucson player to sign a professional contract. He joins Max Alvarez (Sacramento Republic FC), David Clemens (Dayton Dutch Lions), Aaron Long (Portland Timbers FC), Reid Schmitt (Phoenix FC, 2013) and Donny Toia (Chivas USA).

"I'm excited to represent my home state and start a new career," D'Arrigo said. "It's awesome. I don't feel like I'm representing just myself. I feel like I'm representing my town, city, friends, family, FC Tucson and even Fort Lowell."

D'Arrigo was an original member of FC Tucson, playing with the club in 2011 during its lone season prior to joining the Premier Development League.

D'Arrigo also becomes the third former FC Tucson player to play professionally in Phoenix. Donny Toia and Reid Schmitt signed with and played for USL Pro side Phoenix FC in 2013.

"I've been fortunate to have coached Michael since he was 14 years old," said FC Tucson Head Coach Rick Schantz. "He is an example that Tucson's youth soccer community continues to produce great talent.  I am very excited that he is able to play USL Pro soccer in his home state of Arizona, and I am sure plenty of his family will enjoy watching him. I know I will.  

"Our staff is proud that we continue to move players from FC Tucson into the professional ranks.  We will strive hard to continue to build a tradition of developing great players and people."  

Added FC Tucson General Manager Jon Pearlman: "We could not be happier to see another one of our original players join the ranks of FC Tucson players in the USL Pro Soccer League.  FC Tucson takes special pride in seeing a native Tucsonan like Michael realize his dream, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

Pic courtesy: FC Tucson

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