Additional MLS exhibition games coming to Tucson
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
TUCSON (FC Tucson) FC Tucson announced today that it has finalized contracts to invite five more MLS clubs to train and play preseason matches in Tucson.
The Desert Friendlies Presented by FC Tucson will feature nine friendlies open to the public over six dates in the lead up to the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup
The five teams will be: Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City.
In addition to the five teams training in Tucson two Desert Diamond Cup participants will also play matches in Tucson: New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders FC.
“This kind of event doesn’t happen without hard work behind the scenes and Rick Schantz has been constantly on the phone with all of these clubs to ensure they have a world-class training experience,” said FC Tucson co-managing member and general manager Jon Pearlman.
“Not only will the teams enjoy themselves, but soccer fans in Tucson are going to love the up close view of professional soccer.
“The field will be set up just like they were for FC Tucson matches this summer. There will be limited seats, but those who come will be just a few feet from the sidelines. They will get to experience a match closer than they ever could at an MLS stadium and it’s going to be very affordable for the entire family.”