TUCSON, Ariz. — Diego Faria gave Phoenix FC a 1-0 lead in its first-ever U.S. Open Cup match, but FC Tucson of the Premier Development League scored twice in the last eight-plus minutes to pull out a 2-1 win Tuesday night at Kino Sports Complex.
Phoenix FC was eliminated from the tournament for the American club championship.
After a first half that saw both teams dominate on the attack at different times yet produce no results, the action picked up in the second half. Faria put in a cross from forward Aaron King in the 63rd minute to put Phoenix ahead, and goalkeeper Sheldon Parkinson was strong in net for the first 81 minutes to keep the score 1-0.
The Wolves appeared headed for victory in front of 910 fans, a good number of whom traveled down from the Valley for the historic match between Arizona’s two highest-level clubs.
But Conner Bevans rocketed a shot that glanced off Parkinson’s hands and into the net in the 82nd minute to tie the score at 1-all. A foul in the box against Renan Boufleur in the 86th minute gave FC Tucson a penalty kick, but Bevans — a second-half substitute — saw his shot hit the top of the crosssbar and bounce away.
Just when it appeared the match would be headed to overtime, Bevans took a pass from midfielder Saaed Robinson and put a shot past Parkinson in second-half stoppage time, and mere moments later, the final whistle sounded.
Five Phoenix FC players were issued yellow cards, and the Wolves were without suspended goalkeeper Andrew Weber, whose suspension carried over into the U.S. Open Cup from a red card he received while with the Seattle Sounders of MLS in last year’s tournament.
FC Tucson advances to play the San Antonio Scorpions in the next round on May 21.
The match did not count toward USL Pro standings. Phoenix FC hosts the Charlotte Eagles in a regular-season league match on May 23 at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.