Seattle Sounders FC were FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup first-timers but they made themselves right at home with an emphatic tournament championship run. Four wins. Seven goals. One goal allowed.

After winning three straight U.S. Open Cups from 2009-2011 (and reaching the final in 2012), Seattle is looking for a bigger trophy in 2013 and there isn’t a better way to begin a march to the MLS Cup than to win the Desert Diamond Cup. Just ask the Los Angeles Galaxy, who won the preseason-MLS Cup double in 2012.

Now that the lights at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium have been turned off and the field cleared, FC Tucson SoccerFest comes to an end. In all there were 19 matches involving 10 MLS clubs, two international teams and one club from Mexico. That’s 1,710 minutes of soccer over the course of month. And none of it could’ve happened without the support of Tucson’s thriving soccer community.

So thank you Tucson for a great month of soccer. Let’s do it again next year, shall we?

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