Acosta, Antoniuk, and Rapella to join team after preseason performances

Tucson, AZ (Wednesday, April 23, 2014) — Today, FC Tucson continued building its 2014 roster by signing three players who played with the team during MLS Preseason: Andres Acosta, Dan Antoniuk and Martino Rapella. The club now has ten players signed to the roster for the 2014 season.

“Andres, Dan, and Martino performed tremendously with FC Tucson against MLS teams this winter at the Desert Diamond Cup,” said FC Tucson General Manager Jon Pearlman. “We are excited to have players with both professional experience, as well as experience with FC Tucson in our playing environment. The entire staff feels they will have a large and positive impact on the field this summer.”

Acosta and Antoniuk most recently played professionally for Major Indoor Soccer League side St. Louis Ambush. Acosta appeared in six matches for the Ambush as a midfielder in the 2013-14 season. Antoniuk played in 17 matches as a forward and tallied seven goals and seven assists this past season. The duo dressed for FC Tucson during MLS Preseason with Antoniuk scoring a goal against Real Salt Lake in a 3-1 loss to the club during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

Rapella made the squad through an open tryout in January. During MLS Preseason, he scored a goal against Chivas USA in a 1-1 draw with the MLS side. The midfielder comes to Tucson from Italy, where he previously played in the lower professional levels of Italian soccer with Calcio Lecco 1912. He came to Tucson about a year ago and played in the Tucson Metro Soccer League before trying out for FC Tucson.
FC Tucson plays its first match of 2014 at the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium on Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. The 2014 FC Tucson Open House presented by Chapman Automotive will feature FC Tucson against national collegiate power University of New Mexico. Fans wearing FC Tucson gear or the Chapman Automotive logo, or fans who have season tickets, can get in for free. Tickets for others are just $5 and can be purchased at FCTucson.com.

Season tickets are also still available but seating is limited. Fans can purchase a basic package for just $80. Or they can join The Upper 90 Club for $120, which includes a pass to “Meet the Team Day,” a $10 concessions voucher, an FC Tucson merchandise item and an Upper 90 Club card that will be good for gameday discounts and future events. To purchase season tickets, just head to FCTucson.com.