FC Tucson coach Rick Schantz, right, goes over some ball-control skills with Travis Campbell, a defender who grew up in Phoenix and can't wait to face FC Phoenix.
Don't expect to see cars driving around town with bumper stickers pronouncing, "My favorite teams are FC Tucson and whoever's playing Phoenix FC."
Wearing blue Freedom Soccer Club uniforms, three members of the Tucker family - left to right, Ellie, 9; Gabriel, 3; and Hannah, 6 - help with the groundbreaking on a new Kino Sports Complex stadium.
There were more soccer shorts than dress shirts at Thursday's Kino Sports Complex stadium groundbreaking.
The opening match of the third annual Desert Diamond Cup hardly looked like a go-through-the-motions preseason affair.
Keeper Luis Robles, born at Fort Huachuca and raised in Sierra Vista, has a chance to stick in the MLS. He joined the New York Red Bulls midway through last season.
Soccer is the world's game. It's unlikely there's anyone in Tucson that knows the world and her game better than Ramon Bernedo.
Colorado's Dillon Serna (17) tries to cut back against a Portland defender during the first match of a tripleheader at Kino Sports Complex.
Tuesday was a marathon. Not the 26.2-mile type, but still an endurance event that few would attempt, much less finish.
Tucson soccer has raised its game to a world-class level.
David Beckham, right, practicing with the Los Angeles Galaxy at Kino Sports Complex, says: "I always try to give my all in every game."
Before the Desert Diamond Cup began, I had crossed paths with David Beckham on a few occasions. By that, I mean we were both in 25,000- to 55,000-seat stadiums at the same time in nine instances.