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FC Tucson Makes First Ever Visit To Madison

By FC Tucson Communications , 06/14/19, 2:00PM MST


What You Need To Know

  • FC Tucson enters this match in fourth place in the table with 15 points.
  • This marks the first meeting between the two sides.
  • Goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu is tied for fourth in the USL League One with three clean sheets.

Saturday, June 15 – at Forward Madison FC, 4:00 p.m.
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FC Tucson will wrap up its two-match road trip this Saturday when the club faces off against Forward Madison FC at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisconsin. Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm. 

On Wednesday, Tucson defeated Orlando City B 2-1 to move into fourth place in the table with 15 points. Despite remaining scoreless for a majority of the first half, midfielder Jamael Cox netted the opening goal of the match in the 43rdminute. Cox delivered a right-footed strike from 30-yards outside of the box to give the club an early 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, the lead was extended to 2-0 following a goal by defender Kyle Venter following a near-miss by Jordan Jones in the 45th minute. 

Orlando City B would go on to score their lone goal of the night in the 56th minute. However, goalkeeper Carlos Merancio made two key saves to help Tucson preserve the victory. 

Forward Madison FC enters Saturday’s match following a 2-1 loss to Orlando City B on Friday, June 9th. The Flamingoes will look to snap its four-match losing streak, dating back to May 18thwhen the club fell 1-0 against South Georgia Tormenta FC.

Madison currently sits last in the table with eight points. 

Two Matches in Four Days? No Problem

The trip to Madison will serve as the club's second of three road matches within a 12-day span. The club will travel to Frisco, Texas on June 25th to take on North Texas SC.

Applying Constant Pressure

Tucson has seen its offensive attack improve tremendously over the past few weeks. FCT has elevated from last to third in the league with 15 goals.

Jamael The Playmaker

Adding on to an impressive season, Jamael Cox netted his second goal of the season against OCB in the 43rd minute. Cox is now tied for second on the team in goals (3) while leading the club in assists (2) and chances created (11). 

A Man of Versatility

Defender Kyle Venter joins Kody Wakasa as the only FCT defenders to find the back of the net this season. The 6-foot-3 Venter scored his first goal of the season during the 45th minute against Orlando City B on Wednesday.  

Welcome to the Party

Goalkeeper Carlos Merancio made his professional debut on Wednesday against Orlando City B. The Hermosillo, Mexico native recorded two key saves in the closing minutes to preserve the 2-1 FC Tucson victory.

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