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FC Tucson

Full name FC Tucson
Founded 2010
Stadium Kino Sports Complex
North Stadium[1]
Ground Capacity 2,900[2]
Managing Partner Greg Foster
Head Coach Rick Schantz
League USL Premier Development League
2014 1st, Mountain Division
Playoffs: Conference Finals
Website Club home page
33px Current season

FC Tucson is an American semi-professional soccer club in Tucson, Arizona competing in the Mountain Division of the USL Premier Development League (PDL) Western Conference. Organized in 2010, Tucson first took the field in March 2011.[3]

Coached by former Tucson Amigos player Rick Schantz, Tucson plays home games at the 2,900-seat Kino Sports Complex North Stadium constructed in 2013.[1][2][4][5]



FC Tucson was founded in 2010 to bring preseason Major League Soccer events to Tucson and generate interest in a new soccer club.[3] The organization first fielded a team on March 4, 2011 against the New York Red Bulls reserves in the 2011 Desert Cup, a 1–3 loss.[6] The club's first goal was scored by former Pima Community College and Salpointe Catholic High School player Fernando Gauna after entering the match as a substitute. Later in 2011 Tucson competed against various teams from the region in a loosely organized exhibition league.[7][8] Their first match following the Desert Cup took place on May 13, a 7–2 victory over Yavapai FC.[9]

PDL debut

On December 15, 2011, FC Tucson announced its move to the PDL.[10] The 2012 team placed second in the Western Conference Southwest Division with a record of 9 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties, riding a ten-game unbeaten streak (7 wins, 3 ties) from May 12 until June 30th.[11] Tucson lost 2–1 to Seattle Sounders FC U-23 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.[12] In 2013, Tucson did not qualify for the postseason, finishing fifth in the Southwest with 5 Wins, 5 Losses and 4 Ties.[13]

2013 U.S. Open Cup

In May 2013 FC Tucson notched back-to-back victories over professional clubs to reach the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the tournament's first round Tucson defeated Phoenix FC of the USL Pro 2–1 on an injury-time game winner scored by Connor Bevans.[14][15][16][17] Next they defeated the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL in a 4–3 penalty shoot-out to break a 2–2 tie.[18][19][20][21][22] The run ended in Houston where they fell 2–0 to the MLS Dynamo.[23][24][25] As the first ever PDL club to defeat professional clubs in back-to-back matches, Tucson won the full $15,000 prize awarded to the PDL club with the best Open Cup finish. (Three other PDL teams also reached the third round.)[26][27][28]

2014 Mountain Division Champions

FC Tucson won its first division title in 2014 with 11 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses in league play. The club recorded its first ever playoff victory with a 2–1 win over the Los Angeles Misioneros in Las Vegas.[29] The best regular-season record in the Western Conference earned Tucson the right to host the conference final four at Kino North Stadium where they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 1–0 in the conference semifinals, on a stoppage time goal by Juan Sebastian De Rada. Tucson's postseason run came to an end in the Western Conference Championship game with a 3–0 loss to the Kitsap Pumas.[30] Team captain Ricardo Velazco, a midfielder, was named PDL Young (U21) Player of the Year. Billy Thompson was named PDL Goalkeeper of the Year. Both players were named to the All-League and All-Western Conference Teams.[31][32] FC Tucson was named PDL Organization of the Year. [33]


FC Tucson's badge was designed by Erik von Weber prior to the 2011 Desert Cup. Similar in appearance to the traditional soccer shield, the badge is instead shaped like an arrowhead in homage to Tucson's pre-Columbian history.[34] The badge was simplified in 2012 with the removal of five diamonds which arced above the crest to represent the major mountain ranges of the Tucson valley but had been confused with stars, typically used in football badges to represent titles won.[35]


Kino Sports Complex North Stadium (2014–)
Kino North Stadium was dedicated on October 30, 2013.[36][37] The stadium seats 2,900 with 1,800 in a partially covered grandstand on the west sideline.[38][5] The stadium's construction was part of a larger package of soccer facilities improvements to the Kino Sports Complex approved by Pima County's Board of Supervisors in April 2012.[39] FC Tucson defeated MLS Chivas USA 1-0 on November 15, 2013 in the first game held at the stadium.[4][40]

Kino Sports Complex North Field #5 (2012–2013)
Field #5 was one of five Major League Baseball spring-training practice fields converted for soccer prior to Tucson's first PDL season. Seating was initially limited to an 850-seat grandstand on the west sideline. Bleachers behind the north goal were added later, raising capacity to slightly over 1,000.[1]

Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium (2011)
In its first-ever season of play, FC Tucson made use of Murphey Field, home to the University of Arizona women's soccer team.[41]

Club Culture


Members of the local American Outlaws chapter organized an FC Tucson supporters group called the Cactus Pricks after FC Tucson's 2011 Desert Cup appearance.[42]


In 2014 FC Tucson announced the Southwestern Showdown, an annual series with Albuquerque Sol FC, a 2014 PDL expansion team placed along with FC Tucson in the Western Conference's newly-formed Mountain Division. The club earning the most league points in three regular-season meetings is awarded "The Golden Rattler" trophy for the following year.[43]


Year Division League Record Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 9–3–4 2nd, Southwest Conference Semi-Finals Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 5–5–4 5th, Southwest Did not qualify Third Round
2014 4 USL PDL 11–2–1 1st, Mountain Conference Finals Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 1–0–2 TBD TBD First Round


  • USL PDL Mountain Division Champions 2014

Player Honors

Year Pos Player Country Honor
2012 D Conor Spence 23x15px USA All-Conference Team (Western)
2014 M Ricardo Velazco 23x15px USA PDL Young (U21) Player of the Year
All-League Team
All-Conference Team (Western)
2014 G Billy Thompson 23x15px USA PDL Goalkeeper of the Year
All-League Team
All-Conference Team (Western)

Players and staff

Current roster

As of February 21, 2015[44][45][46][47]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 23x15px GK Keegan Rogers
1 23x15px GK Yann Passet
2 23x15px DF Dominic Papa (captain)
3 23x15px DF Jack Huber
4 23x15px MF Majed Osman
5 23x15px MF Austin Ledbetter
6 23x15px DF Felipe da Silva
7 23x15px FW Justin Bileyu
8 23x15px MF Mattheus Miranda
9 23x15px MF Ozzie Ramos
10 23x15px FW David Clemens
11 23x15px MF Andrew Lawrance
12 23x15px MF Luis Martinez
13 23x15px MF Kalem Scott
No. Position Player
14 23x15px DF Arturo Rodriguez
15 23x15px FW Pedro Espinola
16 23x15px FW Nestor Jaramillo
17 23x15px DF Edgar Reyna
18 23x15px GK Dallas Jaye
19 23x15px MF Brandon Zambrosa
20 23x15px MF Eddie Sanchez
21 23x15px DF Travis Nicklaw
22 23x15px DF Drillon Berisha
23 Template:Country data JAM FW Vance Rookwood
24 Template:Country data JAM FW Odaine Sinclair
25 23x15px MF Elliot Prost
26 23x15px MF Danny Kirkland

Current staff

  • 23x15px Greg Foster - Managing Partner
  • 23x15px Rick Schantz - Managing Partner & Head Coach
  • 23x15px Jonathan Pearlman - Managing Partner & Technical Director
  • 23x15px Kate Norton - Team Administrator and Director of Operations
  • 23x15px Emily Raines - Assistant Director of Operations
  • 23x15px Jose Miranda - Assistant Coach
  • 23x15px Mark Biagi - Assistant Coach
  • 23x15px Chioma Atanmo - Team Nutritionist & Director of Liaisons
  • 23x15px Vetle Bergmann - Equipment Manager
  • 23x15px Meghan O'Connell - Box Office Manager

Notable former players


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  35. ^ Prezelski, Ted (May 23, 2013). "Post Game Cigarette". 
  36. ^ Join Our Groundbreaking!
  37. ^ ‘This is your house and we’re going to protect it’
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  39. ^ FC Tucson Finds Home At Kino Sports Complex
  40. ^ FC Tucson 1-0 Chivas USA
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  43. ^ "“Southwestern Showdown” Begins Tonight". June 6, 2013. 
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  45. ^ FC Tucson Completes Preseason Singings
  46. ^ FC Tucson Signs Six More Players
  47. ^ Preseason Invitees Signed to Roster

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