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FC Tucson and Desert Diamond Casinos kicked off the ’17 Desert Diamond Cup a day early during the annual gala on February 17th, 2017! Local leaders and fans were invited to enjoy of

Once a year, Major League Soccer and Tucson come together for the Desert Diamond Cup Gala. It gives fans and local dignitaries the opportunity to meet their favorite players and coaches from each team participating in the Cup.

This year, representatives from the six teams at the gala hosted by Desert Diamond Casino included David Villa, Patrick Vieira, Ricardo Clark, Wilmer Cabrera, Pablo Mastroeni, Peter Vermes, and more.

Guests in attendance were able to spend time talking to and receiving autographs from the players and coaches before the evening shifted to dinner hosted by FC Tucson general manager and head coach Jon Pearlman.

As the crowd worked away at their steak dinners, the representatives took turns fielding questions from the audience.

Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo coaches  Peter Vermes & Wilmer Cabrera shared their experiences representing the United States and Colombia in the Olympics and World Cup, respectively.

It was a night the community of Tucson was able to feel just how intertwined soccer and the city are, highlighted by Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni speaking about how much the game has grown in Southern Arizona since playing for the Tucson Amigos from ‘95-’97.

Here are some of the scenes of the night as we celebrate another year of the Desert Diamond Cup.

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Feb. 17, 2017: Desert Diamond Cup Gala

Pictures from the '17 Desert Diamond Cup Gala at Desert Diamond Casinos.
Ted Prezelski ( talks to Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo)

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