Becomes first former FC Tucson player to sign professional contract

Tucson, AZ (Monday, November 19, 2012) — Former FC Tucson midfielder and defender Reid Schmitt has signed a professional contract with USL Pro Side Phoenix FC. Schmitt becomes the first former FC Tucson player to sign a professional contract.

“I’m just ecstatic about signing my first pro contract,” Schmitt said “I truly believe my experience playing for FC Tucson helped me obtain this goal. Being in the PDL last year was a great stepping-stone to get me to the next level, especially under the professional coaching staff and facility that FC Tucson had to offer. I really enjoyed how committed the Tucson fans were towards our team and myself personally. Thank you Tucson for helping me achieve my life long dream.”

Schmitt was one of FC Tucson’s ironmen during the 2012 season. He appeared in all 16 matches during the regular season and played a total of 1,175 minutes, the third highest total on the team. Schmitt recorded one goal and two assist for a total of four points. Schmitt also started in FC Tucson’s lone playoff match, playing all 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Sounders FC U-23.

“We want to congratulate Reid for signing his first professional contract and for including FC Tucson as a part of his soccer journey,” said FC Tucson general manager Jon Pearlman. “From the very beginning our goal was to help young men achieve their ultimate goal of playing professional soccer and we’re excited to start seeing that hard work pay off for Reid. We know he’s going to be the first of many former FC Tucson players to play professionally.”

During the first nine matches of the season, Schmitt played as a midfielder. He recorded his first assist on June 14 in a 1-1 draw against the LA Misioneros in Tucson. It was against the Misioneros in Los Angeles on June 18, that Schmitt moved from the midfield to defense for the rest of the season. On July 11, Schmitt scored his first goal of the season six minutes into FC Tucson’s 4-2 win on the road against the Southern California Seahorses. During that same match, Schmitt also recorded his second assist of the season.

“It was a privilege to be Reid’s coach and watch him develop as a soccer player,” said FC Tucson head coach Rick Schantz. “It’s a bitter-sweet moment for me because on the one hand I’m losing an excellent player who was willing to play anywhere on the pitch for us. But overall I’m thrilled to see one of our own take the next step in his professional career. I know he’s going to be great at the USL Pro level.”

Per Phoenix FC’s rules, the terms of Schmitt’s contract were not made public.