TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - FC Tucson is set to show Southern Arizona what a professional futbol side looks like.
The Boys in Black will open the home part of their 2019 USL League One schedule at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Kino North Stadium when they welcome in Toronto FC II.
FCT (1-1-0, 3 points) began their first professional season with a road split last week, beating Orlando City B 3-0 before falling to South Georgia Tormenta FC 3-1.
Guillermo Delgado scored a pair of goals in FC Tucson’s victory while Kody Wakasa came away from the opening weekend third in the fixture in passes (144).
Toronto FC II (1-0-0, 3 points) played just one match in Week 1, a 2-0 win over Orlando City B.
The two sides are currently in a six-way tie for second place in USL 1. Only four of the league’s ten teams will qualify for the post-season.
USL 1 will expand to 12 teams in 2020 when Penn FC and the Rochester Rhinos join.
Saturday will be the first of three straight home matches for FC Tucson. They will host Tormenta FC on Friday, April 26 (7:30 p.m.) and Lansing Ignite FC on Tuesday, April 30 (7 p.m.).
- FC Tucson captain Kyle Bjornethun played for Toronto FC II last season. He started 25 of the sides 26 games.
- For the first time in four years FC Tucson will not compete in the prestigious U.S. Open Cup. A rule that says professional teams who are majority-owned or otherwise controlled by higher division professional clubs are expressly excluded from Open Cup competition. FC Tucson is controlled by USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. 12 other teams fell under this rule.
- Phoenix Rising FC after reaching the USL Championship last season (1-0 loss to Louisville City FC) is off to a rough start in former FC Tucson manager Rick Schantz’s first season as full-time manager. Rising has drawn in all four matches and currently sits in 17th place of the 18-team Western Conference.
- FC Tucson acquired defenders Scott Devoss and Klisman Sousa Wednesday on loan from USL Championship side Hartford Athletic for the 2019 USL League One season pending league and federation approval. In addition, Illijah Paul a 16-year-old from Gilbert, AZ, has been reassigned to FC Tucson from USL Championship parent club Phoenix Rising.