Phoenix FC hosts Pittsburgh; U.S. Cup pairings announced
Phoenix FC hosts Pittsburgh in USL Pro League match; will travel to Tucson for first-round match in U.S. Cup.
By FOX SPORTS ARIZONAFS Arizona
The Phoenix FC Wolves will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in a USL Pro League game at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe. Phoenix (2-3-1) is coming off of a dominating 3-1 win at home over the Wilmington Hammerheads, while Pittsburgh enters the match with an 0-4-1 record.
Goalkeeper Andrew Weber and defenseman Renan Felipe Boufleur are eligible to return to the Phoenix lineup after sitting out a one-game red-card suspension earned against the Real Salt Lake Reserves team on April 22.
Phoenix heads onto the road next week for games at Pittsburgh on Thursday night, May 9, and Dayton on Saturday, May 11, before beginning play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced this week that Phoenix will play FC Tucson, a United Soccer League franchise, in its first-round matchup on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Kinco Sports Complex in Tucson.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer tournament in the United States. All teams affiliated with United States Soccer Federation -- from amateur teams to professional clubs of USL Pro and Major League Soccer -- are eligible to compete. The defending champions are Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City.
"This is an amazing opportunity for our club to face the best soccer clubs in the United States," said Phoenix FC Managing Director, Rui Filipe Bento. "It all starts with a very good FC Tucson side, and we hope that all Phoenix FC fans make the trip down south to support the Wolves on our quest for the Cup."
Said FC Tucson General Manager Jon Pearlman, "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."
Two former FC Tucson players are currently on the Phoenix roster: Reid Schmitt and Donny Toia, who was Tucson's leading scorer in 2012.
Tickets for the U.S. Open Cup game are available at www.fctucson.com.