Both clubs have agreed to a home and home series, currently labeled the “I-10 Clasico,” that begins Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Kino Sports Complex North Field #5. The game comes just four days after FC Tucson’s thrilling home-opening win over the Southern California Seahorses.
“We were very happy to finally get a chance to schedule the Monsoon and play a full, two-leg series,” said FC Tucson head coach Rick Schantz. “For us these games are a chance to give some of our starters a rest while giving our talented reserves the kind of high-intensity experience that a regular training session can’t provide.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some hometown heroes such as Jesus “Freshman” Ortiz, Kyle McQuown and Edgar Reyna get serious minutes in the first game. All three of them have been with the team since the open tryouts in January and the fact that they’re still here every week is a testament to their devotion and dedication to the team.
“Jesus was even on the team last season and is the only player who has been with FC Tucson from the very beginning back in 2010. So seeing him get a chance to start and representing Tucson in this ‘Tucson-Phoenix’ rivalry is great.”
The second leg of the series will be Wednesday, May 29, at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. The two-leg series will be determined by the combined score of both games. If the teams are tied after both games, the series will be decided on penalty kicks.
FC Tucson is in third place in the Premier Development League Southwest division with a 2-1-0 record. The Monsoon are in sixth place in the NPSL West-Southern Conference with a 0-5-0 record.
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. 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/FC_Tucson.
About Phoenix Monsoon
The Phoenix Monsoon is an American soccer team based in Phoneix. Founded in 2012, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division.
Kino Sports Complex is the largest professional sports and entertainment venue of its kind in Pima County. It includes the 11,000-seat Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 11 baseball fields (four with lights) and lighted softball and soccer fields. With its panoramic view of the Santa Catalina Mountains, it is a natural fit for youth, high school and collegiate sports. Plus, it makes a great setting for social gatherings, concerts, and community events. To learn more, or to schedule an event, go to www.kinosportscomplex.com.