Punchless FC Tucson suffers rare home loss
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The road caught up with FC Tucson, at home.
Weary from a trek that saw the side travel the Rocky Mountains last week for three matches, the Futbol Club struggled to find their offense Friday night in a 2-1 home loss to the Real Colorado Foxes.
FC Tucson (4-2-4) entered the weekend with a comfortable seven-point advantage over the Foxes but after Friday night that lead on the Mountain Division's second playoff spot is down to four and could be trimmed to one if Real Colorado (3-2-4) can steal another match in the Old Pueblo on Saturday night.
Two fouls proved costly for FC Tucson. An early call against speedy defender Kalem Scott afforded Miguel Jamir a penalty kick against goal keeper Dallas Jaye which he converted for a one-nil lead.
In the second half, Jaye was issued a yellow card when he tripped Real Colorado midfielder Andrew Mejia. The foul appeared to be inadvertent but it led to a second penalty kick goal by Danny Arrubla.
At the other end Real Colorado's high pressure hard-working defense negated every chance FC Tucson tried to muster. The local side finally managed their lone goal in the 90th minute when Ozzie Ramos scored from 20 yards out.
FC Tucson had an equalizing chance in stoppage time but veteran Odaine Sinclair just missed wide left on a strike from two-feet outside the box.
The loss was FC Tucson's first at home this season in PDL play and just their third in 14 matches over the last two seasons.
The two teams go back at it Saturday night at Kino North Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
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