The organizers of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup treat the event as a work in progress.
Justen Glad had to be one of the happiest guys sitting on the bench in the drizzling rain at Saturday’s FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tripleheader.
For a guy who’s come such a long way, what’s another 10 yards or so?
There’s no truth to the rumor that MLS coaches are wearing “Hello, my name is … ” stickers on their team jackets this year.
It may not be a paradox of “Doctor Who” proportions, but former local standout Donny Toia finds himself working his way up while working his way back.
It’s hard to hold back an ironic laugh when you find out one of the Chicago Fire’s biggest fans has the last name of Cook.
Fan Ray Cook watches his team, the Chicago Fire, during the team’s practice at the Kino Sports Complex.
Last season, midfielder Mauro Rosales was playing for a team with a massive fan base and equally substantial title aspirations.
In his seven years as a pro, Bakary Soumare has scored three goals.
You know someone cares about you when he’s willing to use his frequent flier miles to come visit.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is getting used to a new team and a new city. He’s attempting to mesh with some new faces on the Chicago Fire backline. He’s got a new coach to try and please.
Going to the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup? Your most important bring-along item might be a seat cushion or blanket.
You couldn’t fault goalkeeper Michael D’Arrigo if he went into the wrong locker room during this month’s Major League Soccer preseason in Tucson.
Sigi Schmid speaks softly and carries a big squad.
Seattle Sounders FC midfielder John Arroyo flicks the ball off the side of his foot to a teammate before Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Sam Adekugbe can close him down in an MLS preseason scrimmage at Kino Sports Complex.
Steve Zakuani finds himself in a different shade of green these days.
DeAndre Yedlin has been known to have some pretty standout hairstyles.
Michael Harrington’s off-season lasted an abbreviated 43 days — but he had no problem with that.
It might have been a crisp Feb. 1 and the first Desert Friendly of the 2014 MLS preseason, but with two of the best teams in the league last year and a lively atmosphere, it hardly had the feel of a debut.
With the best defense in the MLS, you don’t want to leave things up to chance.
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper coach Joan Pascarella watches Andy Gruenebaum, who is in competition for the starting job. “His work ethic is unbelievable,” Pascarella said.
Sporting Kansas City was looking for minutes. FC Tucson was looking for moments.
Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury, left, tries to get past teammate Don Anding during Sunday’s practice at the Kino Sports Complex north fields. Sporting KC will be training in Tucson for two weeks.
Over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City came dribbling into Tucson with a new title — MLS champions.
Sporting Kansas City center back Aurelien Collin, right, works on a drill as teammate Lawrence Olum provides resistance while the two are tethered by an elastic band during a practice at the Kino Sports Complex north fields.
No one will ever question Asani Igulu’s dedication to his sport — especially after last weekend’s FC Tucson tryouts.
Some of the teams have changed and the format has been altered, but Major League Soccer spring training will return to Tucson this February.
When describing Friday night’s stadium opening, FC Tucson co-managing partner Greg Foster said, “It feels like the community is embracing soccer and Kino Sports Complex.”
As if a shiny new stadium and a match against an MLS foe weren't enough Friday night, FC Tucson and Pima County handed soccer fans the future.
Can you hold a reunion when you’ve only been around three years?
Chivas USA’s past season was one that even a goat would have trouble digesting.
You can’t begrudge Arizona Wildcats forward Jaden DeGracie for anxiously awaiting a chance to watch the replay of her goal in Thursday’s season finale.
The young and improving Arizona Wildcats soccer team must show up for every match and compete for every ball to have a chance at coming away a winner in Pac-12 contests.
The girl with the flip throw-in.
Soccer players place sprint workouts somewhere between necessary evil and bane of their existence.
Three years ago, anyone expecting to see top-level professional soccer in Tucson was living in a fantasyland.
On the soccer pitch, Pablo Mastroeni has always been known to be up for a challenge.
GLENDALE - Cristiano Ronaldo pleased the 38,922 fans with dynamic dribbling in the first half, Karim Benzema satiated them with two goals in the second half, and Real Madrid came away with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday night.
Real Madrid is worth $3.3 billion.
For a sports franchise in its second full year, FC Tucson sure had its share of firsts.
FC Tucson's final match had all the markings of a successful ending, including another record crowd that turned the enthusiasm up an extra notch.
Gavino Carranza might never play another match for FC Tucson, but he's still the future of the club.
The Tucson Soccer Academy FC players are not about to show up for their first playoff game ever wearing power suits and carrying briefcases.
The Tucson Soccer Academy FC players are not about to show up for their first playoff game ever wearing power suits and briefcases.
There were three deluges on Tuesday night at Kino Sports Complex North Field No. 5 - two from Mother Nature and one from FC Tucson.
FC Tucson might only be playing for third place, but the club's passion and energy level made it feel like the division title was on the line.
FC Tucson isn't playing for the whole tamale, but it does have a few morsels still on the plate.
FC Tucson coach Rick Schantz, in red cap, goes in for a tackle while he plays crab soccer with participants in the first FC Tucson youth soccer camp at Kino Sports Complex.
Eli Galbraith-Knapp, shooting during practice at Kino Sport Complex, was so drenched by sweat in one game that his coach called him a "wet towel."
FC Tucson midfielder Eli Galbraith-Knapp says his all-time favorite band is Rise Against.