Team looks ahead to final home weekend

Tucson, AZ (Tuesday, July 3, 2012) — FC Tucson created several chances against Municipio de Juarez but ultimately fell 1-0 to the El Paso side.

“We need to be the ones imposing our style … upon other teams we play,” FC Tucson assistant coach Henry Brauner said. “(Opposing teams) can’t be imposing their style on us.”

Juarez scored its lone goal in the 61st minute. Alfredo Arreola streaked down the left side of the pitch and curled a 20-yard ball to Francisco Arroyo, who fired the ball into the back of the net without letting it touch the ground.

FC Tucson had its chances to score throughout but couldn’t capitalize on them. In the 13th minute Carlos Montes had an open shot from the left side of the box but was denied by Juarez’s keeper Daniel Hernandez when he tried to go near post. In the 53rd minute Donny Toia broke free on the left side of the box and was one-on-one with Juarez’s Daniel Hernandez, but his shot went directly at the keeper.

One minute later, Carlos Montes sent a cross into the box from the right side of the field and found the head of Ricardo Velasco but Velesco pushed it well wide of the net. In the 67thth minute, Toia slithered through two defenders and tried top tap the ball over the keeper but was denied.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Brauner about the team’s lack of success in the final third. “The five yard ball you play in the mid field is the same as the five yard ball at the top of the box; except the weight of that pass and the pressure to deliver that final ball is so much greater than it is in the middle third or back third. … If we’re a little bit cleaner in the final third, we’ll be fine.”

Since Municipio de Juarez isn’t a PDL team, the loss doesn’t affect FC Tucson’s playoff chances. But FC Tucson defender Kareem Smith thinks it could have some affect on players leading into the final home stand of the season.

“To certain guys (the loss) might bring a little bit of fire to get a win,” Smith said. “I doubt it would affect players negatively.”

FC Tucson’s next game is Friday, July 6, at 7 p.m. against the BYU Cougars at Kino Sports Complex, Field #5.

Goals:
’61: Municipio de Juarez-Francisco Arroyo

Starters
FC Tucson
GK Michael D’Arrigo
D Matt Linenburger
D Kareem Smith
D Wes Culver
M Miguel Salazar
M Reid Hajari
M Carlos Montes
M Aaron Long
M Jared Hegardt
F Ricardo Velasco
F Nick Love

Municipio de Juarez
GK Daniel Hernandez
D Juan Ramirez
D Benjamin Vasquez
D Alfredo Arreola
M Daniel Campos
M Francisco Perez
M Edgar Estrada
M Victor Isidoro
F David Salas
F Francisco Arroyo