The team goes 8-4-1 over its nonleague schedule, scoring 33 goals under coach Rick Schantz. In their first game, FC Tucson took on Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, with Fernando Gauna scoring the club’s first goal in a 3-1 loss at Hi Corbett Field before 2,560 fans on March 4.
The season was capped with a highly successful, 6-0 win over FC Sunland before 823 fans at Cienega High School on July 8. Among those in attendance was then-MLS Executive Vice-President Nelson Rodriguez.
In the first of its seven seasons in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), FC Tucson went 9-3-4 to finished second in the Southwest Division behind Ventura County Fusion and reach the playoffs.
In its first home league match, Donny Toia scored the lone goal in a win over the Southern California Seahorses before 812 at a packed Kino North Grandstand on May 19.
Toia, who went on to play 153 matches in Major League Soccer between 2014-19, led FC Tucson with six league goals and helped the club put together an 11-match unbeaten run in all matches. Defender Conor Spence was named to the All-Western Conference team.
Future US Men’s National Team Player and 2018 Major League Soccer Defender of the Year Aaron Long made 11 starts for Tucson while playing college soccer at University of California Riverside.
The 2013 season brought a new competition and new success for FC Tucson.
In its inaugural foray into the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the club reached the third round after upset wins over two USL Pro (now Championship) teams. Connor Bevens scored the injury-time game winner against Phoenix FC, and Tucson advanced past San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL on penalty kicks. The run ended against Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, but not before the club earned $15,000 prize money as the USL Premier Development League (PDL) club with the best Open Cup finish.
FC Tucson finished 10-6-4 overall and 5-5-4 in the PDL Southwest Division, the only season the club did not make the PDL playoffs.
The club wrapped up the season in dramatic fashion, though. In an exhibition match that christened Kino North Stadium on Nov. 15, FC Tucson defeated MLS club Chivas USA with 17-year-old Sadam Ali scoring in the 89th minute for the only goal..
In the first of three consecutive seasons FC Tucson made the PDL Western Conference final, defense reigned supreme.
FC Tucson allowed just 11 league goals and managed seven shutouts in league play.
On July 4, a then-record crowd of 2,983 watched the club clinch the PDL Mountain Division title with a 1-0 win over Albuquerque Sol FC at Kino North Stadium. The victory also gave the team the first Golden Rattler Trophy in the rivarly. Two weeks later, the club picked up its first playoff win. A first home postseason win followed thanks to a stoppage-time game winner from Juan Sebastian De Rada, before FC Tucson fell in the conference final.
Team captain Ricardo Velazco, a midfielder, was named PDL Young (U21) Player of the Year, and Billy Thompson was named PDL Goalkeeper of the Year. Both players were named to the All-League and All-Western Conference Teams.
FCT Tucson’s fourth season in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) ended up with another trip to the conference final, as the club lost it just two games en route to winning the Mountain Division.
FC Tucson avenged one of those defeats, to Albuquerque Sol FC with a 2-0 home win to win the Southwestern Showdown rivalry and retain the Golden Rattler Trophy.
The club again claimed two playoff victories — the first coming on an 86th-minute goal by long-time veteran Edgar Reyna, and the second against previously undefeated and 2014 national runner-up Kitsap Pumas — before losing in the PDL Western Conference final.
Forward Pedro Espindola and defender Kalem Scott were named to the All-Western Conference team.
A team-record 38 goals filled the nets during the winningest season in club history.
FC Tucson went 11-1-2 in the Premier Development League (PDL), winning all seven league road games, and finished with 35 points – second most in the entire PDL. The club finished 16-3-2 overall in its last season with Rick Schantz at the helm. The amazing season ended in a third consecutive Western Division final, where FC Tucson fell short against eventual national runner-up Calgary Foothills FC.
Midfielder Michael Turner and defender Gordon Hall were named to the All-Western Conference team.
With general manager Jon Pearlman stepping into the coach’s box to replace Rick Schantz, FC Tucson still kept up its winning ways.
Sparked by a club-record 12 PDL goals by Moshe Perez, the team won its fourth straight Mountain Division title after going 9-2-3 in league play. In addition to making the playoffs, where it lost in the Western Conference semifinals, the club also reached the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.
FC Tucson was purchased by Phoenix Rising FC of the United Soccer League (now the USL Championship), on October 11, 2017, to serve as Phoenix’s PDL affiliate.
Perez was named to the All-Conference and All-League teams.
Another coaching change — this time with Pima Community College men’s coach Dave Cosgrove taking over for Pearlman — didn’t stop the string of success for FC Tucson.
The club, paced by Damian German’s 11 goals, went 7-3-4 to finish second in the Premier Development League’s Mountain Division. In its fifth-straight postseason appearance, the club reached the Western Conference final for the fourth time.
Defender Henry Lander was named to the All-Western Conference team.
The season was the 24th and final under the PDL banner; on Feb. 6, 2018, FC Tucson was the second team to join the to join the USL Division III (now USL League One) League, becoming a professional club.
The franchise took its biggest step in its history by turning professional, becoming one of 10 teams in the new USL League One.
In its first professional match, FC Tucson went on the road defeated Orlando City B, 3-1, behind a pair of goals from Guillermo Delgado.
Forward Jordan Jones scored 10 goals as FC Tucson played a greatly expanded schedule (28 games). Under head coach Darren Sawatzky, the club spent much of the season battling for a playoff spot before finishing 8-11-9.
Jones was named to the All-League Second Team, and forward Devyn Jambga was twice named Player of the Week. Goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu earned USL League One’s Save of the Year.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the start of the 2020 USL League One season to July and results in an abbreviated schedule for all the clubs.
In January, FC Tucson announced Amanda Powers was the club’s first President. Powers, formerly the Chief Operating Officer for USL Championship’s New Mexico United, became just the second female president of a U.S. men’s professional soccer club.
Under first-year head coach John Galas, FC Tucson went 6-6-4 and finished sixth in USL League One.
Shak Adams and Josh Coan finished tied for the team-lead with four goals apiece, while Coan was voted the USL League One Goal of the Year. Forward Azaad Liadi and Coan each were named Player of the Week during the season.
The club’s 10-year anniversary was the year of Fuerza Tucson (Tucson Strong) and remained as a pillar in the community through its socially-distanced Watch Parties at El Toro Flicks Carpool Cinema.
A historic run featured the return of head coach Jon Pearlman at the midpoint of the year, FC Tucson’s late-season surge from 11th to fourth in the standings and its first playoff appearance as a professional club. Pearlman guided FC Tucson to a 11-10-7 season, with 7-2-3 run to close out the regular-season. The club advance to the semifinals with a 1-0 win over Richmond Kickers before falling to eventual league champion Union Omaha.
|2019||USL League One||8th||28||8||11||9||35||41|
|2020||USL League One||6th||16||6||6||4||21||19|
|2021||USL League One||4th||Semifinals||28||11||10||7||44||42|