With Summer right around the corner, that means the best college soccer players in the country return to town, as the FC Tucson Men prepare for the 2017 PDL season to kick off this May.
The team will have a new but familiar face at the helm as Jon Pearlman takes over head coaching responsibilities, filling in for former head coach Rick Schantz, who joined USL side Phoenix Rising FC as an assistant coach in the offseason.
Heading into the season for Pearlman, it’s business as usual.
“FC Tucson has been at the forefront of the league since its inception in terms of developing players and seeing them move onto the next level,” Pearlman said.
“We want to continue what we’ve done in the past, which is play high energy, attacking soccer that the Tucson community can support and be excited about.”
The Men in Black will return to familiar stomping grounds this summer, moving back to the Mountain Division where the club has already won two division titles.
Despite leaving the Southwest Division behind, a budding rivalry will be renewed as the club faces off against Southern Californian side San Diego Zest FC, who handed FC Tucson one of only two losses last season.
Away fixtures are heavily featured in the opening month of the season, as the boys hit the road for four matches in May against San Diego, Boulder, Denver and Albuquerque before returning to Kino.
This season’s squad will feature some new faces as well as some old, including those who helped the club to their best regular season in franchise history in 2016, earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Important Home Dates for 2017 Season:
April 15th: FC Tucson Men’s PDL Open Tryouts
April 29th: Exhibition vs. University of Arizona
May 5th: PDL Home Opener vs. BYU Cougars
May 10th: U.S. Open Cup 1st Round
May 22nd/23rd: FC Tucson Youth Academy Tryouts
June 17th: San Diego Zest
July 3rd: Southwest Showdown vs. Albuquerque Sol