FC Tucson getting plenty of training into this early pro season

FC Tucson taking great advantage of 12-day break between home matches

FC Tucson waiting for next shot on the pitch

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - It’s been another long break for FC Tucson.

The new USL League One side spent nine days off between the end of their first road trip and their first home match on April 13 against Toronto FC.

It will be a full 12 days off between that 1-1 draw and FC Tucson’s return to the home pitch on Friday night against South Georgia Tormenta FC.

FCT (1-1-1, 4 points) currently sits in seventh place in USL1. Tormenta (2-1-2, 8 points) will arrive in Tucson as the league’s top team.

FC Tucson right now has dropped to ninth out of ten sides in the league’s power rankings.

Jamael Cox scored the lone goal in the club’s draw against Toronto. For that he was named to the league’s Team of the Week last week along with defender Kody Wakasa who had seven clearances in the match.

Notes:

  • Moshe Perez, a star forward for FC Tucson during it’s PDL existence, was expected to be a primary piece to the side’s puzzle in their first professional season. But the player and club parted ways prior to the start of the season. Both the club and Perez declined to comment on why Perez was released but the forward told our David Kelly he has returned to his native Israel and will play professionally for a club there.
  • FC Tucson’s primary goalkeeper is 19-year old Philip Ejimadu. He is on loan from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC and returns to the MLS side to train between games in USL1. Ejimadu has nine saves on 14 shots against (64.3 save rate) this season.
  • FC Tucson is expected to announce Kelly Pierce as the new manager for the Women’s Premier Soccer League side. Pierce is a former captain for the franchise which began as Tucson Soccer Academy FC. She has won back-to-back state championships as head coach at her alma mater Salpointe Catholic.

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