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FC Tucson Kicks Off 2019 Campaign With A Preseason Friendly Match Against Grand Canyon University

By FC Tucson Communications, 03/09/19, 11:00AM MST


This friendly preseason match is free and open to the public.

What You Need To Know

  • FC Tucson plays its first preseason match with a full complement of signed players in 2019.
  • Darren Sawatzky leads the club for the first time as head coach in the professional era.
  • FCT begins the preseason with 28 players, 18 signed players, and ten trialists.
  • The club travels to Phoenix for its first-ever meeting with Grand Canyon University.


Saturday, March 9 -- at Grand Canyon University, 7:00 p.m.

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FC Tucson travels to Phoenix for its first official preseason friendly of 2019 when the club squares off with Grand Canyon University. While this is the first friendly the team will play with its full official roster available, several players on the club have gotten preseason minutes playing with USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC.

A Little Bit About Grand Canyon University.

  • GCU is hosting FC Tucson for the first time in club history. 
  • The Antelope registered a 12-8-1 record in 2018.
  • GCU captured the Western Athletic Conference title in ’18, defeating San José State 1-0.

Welcome back…

Defender Kyle Van Alstine makes his return to FC Tucson as a trialist in hopes of making the final roster. Van Alstine competed for FCT during the 2018 season, appearing in 13 matches. 

Primed and ready to score

FC Tucson had several members of the official roster participate with USL Championship Side Phoenix Rising FC in six of their seven preseason matches. Forwards Jamael Cox, Guillermo Delgado and Midfielder Karsten Hanlin all registered a goal during that stretch. 

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