Tucson, AZ (Thursday, April 26) — FC Tucson announced it signed its first player of 2012: forward Donny Toia. Toia is a Tucson native, who recently spent time with Real Salt Lake.
“Having a player of his athleticism, his experience and his talent at only 19 years old is really just a great signing,” said FC Tucson General Manager Jon Pearlman.
Donny Toia most-recently spent time with MLS side Real Salt Lake. Toia was signed as the first Home Grown player in Real Salt Lake history on March 14, 2011. He was a part of the RSL U-18 side that represented MLS at the JRS World Cup-Comunidad de Madrid (U-18 Club World Cup) competition in Madrid in May 2009 and the U-17 side that finished undefeated and in 3rd place at the 2009 SUM Cup. In 2010 Toia attended Pima Community College, scoring 7 goals and adding 5 assists despite missing much of the season due to injury.
Toia attended Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley and won to back-to-back 4A Arizona State Championships during his junior and senior seasons. Over that time he scored an astonishing 65 goals. In his final high school game, Toia scored all 4 of his team’s goals in a 4-1 championship win.
“It’s great just to be here back home,” Toia said. “It’s nice to just drive down the road and practice instead of going somewhere out of state or going to Phoenix or Casa Grande. I love it.”
If Tucson fans want to catch Donny in person, they should purchase their season tickets today. Fans can go to www.fctucson.com and click on the “Tickets” tab at the top of the page. Packages are $80 for adults and just $60 for youths (12 years of age or younger) and the first 250 people to order tickets will receive a free FC Tucson scarf. Fans can also go to www.TicketForce.com and search “fc tucson.” FC Tucson’s first home game is Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. against the Southern California Seahorses.
About FC Tucson
FC Tucson, established in 2010, is committed to bringing the highest caliber of competitive soccer to Tucson and establishing a successful and long-lasting source of pride for city, county, state and country. FC Tucson owns FC Tucson Soccer, Tucson’s top-level soccer team and the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, a Major League Soccer pre-season tournament. Our owners, coaches, players and staff will play to win in sport, business and community connection. We recognize that our quality, commitment and passion for the game will guide our success and establish deep bonds with our stakeholders as we strive to be recognized and respected locally, nationally and internationally. To stay up to date on what is going on with FC Tucson, check out the teams website at www.fctucson.com. You can also visit the team’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/FCTUCSON and follow all of the news related to FC Tucson on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FC_Tucson.
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