May 2, 2013 12:34 AM
Tucson - The U.S. Soccer Federation announced that FC Tucson will host Phoenix FC in the opening round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match will take place on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kino Sports Complex North Grandstand.
"Tucson is our city and Kino is our home," said FC Tucson Head Coach Rick Schantz. "We recognize the importance of a full house. It drives the players to give every last bit of energy to win the game for our hometown fans. Home field can be a tremendous advantage in sports. We know Tucson will step up and fill the stands and we know our players will respond."
General Manager Jon Pearlman added: "This is another opportunity for Tucsonans to remind our friends in Phoenix that we have a strong team and amazing fans. Arizona/Arizona State is one of the longest-standing rivalries in NCAA Division I and hopefully, this will become a great derby that lasts just as long. This game will give the winner a season of bragging rights, and our team will no doubt battle for 90 minutes plus to have them."
Phoenix FC is currently in its first season as a USL Pro side. The Wolves are currently seventh in the USL Pro table and recently defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads 3-1. Two former FC Tucson players are currently on the Phoenix FC roster: Reid Schmitt and FC Tucson's leading scorer in 2012, Donny Toia.
Fans can purchase tickets now by heading to www.fctucson.com and clicking on the "tickets" tab at the top of the page. Tickets for the match are $16 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under) and all seats are general admission. For group orders (minimum of 20) contact firstname.lastname@example.org