Division rival Ventura County visits twice

Tucson, AZ (Friday, January 18, 2013) — FC Tucson announced its 2013 PDL schedule, the sophomore season for the Premier Development League soccer club. FC Tucson will play in 14 PDL matches against Southwest Division opponents, with seven matches at home and seven on the road. FC Tucson also qualifies for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as a result of finishing in the top two of the Southwest Division last season.

“Our rookie season in the PDL was special because our fans and the Tucson community rallied behind us and made Tucson one of the toughest places to play in the PDL,” said FC Tucson head coach Rick Schantz. “We’re not going to surprise anyone this year. We’re going to need the fans more than ever to have a successful 2013.”

FC Tucson’s PDL schedule features a few new quirks compared to last season. The PDL season is now just 14 matches instead of 16. And because the Southwest division has one less team, every team gets to host one division opponent twice. FC Tucson hosts division rival, and defending Southwest Division champions, Ventura County, on June 28 and June 30. The Southern California Seahorses will host FC Tucson on June 1 and June 12.

FC Tucson will also participate in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 14 although the time and location of the match is yet to be determined. The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament that is open to all amateur and professional clubs affiliated with the United State Soccer Federation. FC Tucson’s participation means there is a chance that if the club advances far enough, they will go head-to-head against an MLS squad.

An announcement regarding season ticket sales and potential extra matches will be made at a later date.

FC Tucson 2013 PDL Schedule*

5/11/13   at Los Angeles Misioneros              Cerritos High School   5:00 PM
5/18/13  Southern California Seahorses      Kino Sports Complex   7:30 PM
5/25/13  at Ventura County Fusion              Ventura College            7:00 PM
5/26/13  at OC Blues Strikers FC                  TBD                                7:00 PM
6/1/13     at Southern California Seahorses Biola University            7:00 PM
6/6/13    OC Blues Strikers FC                      Kino Sports Complex    7:30 PM
6/8/13    Fresno Fuego                                   Kino Sports Complex     7:30 PM
6/12/13  at Southern California Seahorses Biola University              7:00 PM
6/22/13 at Fresno Fuego                                Chukchansi Park            7:00 PM
6/28/13 Ventura County Fusion                  Kino Sports Complex     7:30 PM
6/30/13 Ventura County Fusion                  Kino Sports Complex     7:30 PM
7/4/13    at BYU Cougars                               BYU South Field             7:30 PM
7/13/13  Los Angeles Misioneros                  Kino Sports Complex     7:30 PM
7/20/13 BYU Cougars                                    Kino Sports Complex     7:30 PM

*All times local