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2018 U.S. Open Cup Countdown: FC Tucson

04/19/2018, 9:30am EDT
By COLTON CORESCHI - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com

Four-time consecutive division champion makes fifth Open Cup appearance

FC Tucson, a historical PDL powerhouse that has won four straight division titles, returns to its fourth-consecutive Open Cup appearance in 2018.

Since the club’s debut in 2010, FC Tucson has consistently been a dominant force in the PDL’s Western Conference. The club has never posted a sub-.500 record, and after a second and fifth place finish in its first two seasons, has won four-straight divisional titles, three in the Mountain and one in the Southwest Division. The club has also made the playoffs five out of six years, and the last four running.

FC Tucson has also had success in participating in the Open Cup, having made the tournament four times previously, including the past three seasons. FC Tucson has advanced to the third round once, in 2013, and into the second round two other times. In 2013, FC Tucson defeated the professional San Antonio Scorpions, while the club downed at least one opponent in both 2016 and 2017.

FC Tucson enters in the first round of the Open Cup and will host La Maquina FC on May 9, 10:30 pm ET at Kino North Stadium. Check out a quick history of FC Tucson below.

FC Tucson

Open Cup Schedule

First Round: vs. La Maquina FC - May 9, 10:30 p.m. ET - Kino North Stadium
Second Round: Winner at Las Vegas Lights FC - May 16, 11 p.m. ET - Peter Johann Soccer Field

PDL History

2012: 9-3-4, 2nd in Southwest Division, Western Conference Semifinalist
2013: 5-5-4, 5th in Southwest Division
2014: 11-2-1, 1st in Mountain Division, Western Conference Finalist
2015: 8-2-4, 1st in Mountain Division, Western Conference Finalist
2016: 11-1-2, 1st in Southwest Division, Western Conference Finalist
2017: 9-2-3, 1st in Mountain Division, Western Conference Semifinalist

Open Cup History

2013: 2-1 win vs. Phoenix FC (First Round), (4)2-2(3) win vs. San Antonio Scorpions (Second Round), 2-0 loss vs. Houston Dynamo (Third Round)
2015: 2-1 loss vs. Chula Vista FC (First Round)
2016: 3-0 win vs. San Nicolas FC (First Round), 5-0 loss vs. Arizona United SC (Second Round)
2017: 3-1 win vs. Colorado Rush (First Round), 2-0 loss vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (Second Round)

Notable Alumni

Jon Bakero - Chicago Fire (2018-present)
Aaron Long - Sacramento Republic (2014), Orange County Blues (2014), Seattle Sounders FC 2 (2015), New York Red Bulls II (2016), New York Red Bulls (2017-present)
Donny Toia - Phoenix FC (2013), Chivas USA (2014), Montreal Impact (2015-16), Orlando City (2017-present)


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