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7/30 Did you know? - Late winners for the Men in Black

By Dave O, 07/30/20, 11:00AM MST


Saturday’s astounding late rally in Florida raised FC Tucson’s record in games decided in the 89th minute or later to 10 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses. Let’s delve deeper into the late-match success of the Men In Black:

* In league games decided in the 89th minute or later, FC Tucson has only lost once in 13 matches over its 10-year history. When the Men In Black were in the PDL, now called USL League Two, they never lost a game decided after the 88th minute and managed to come away with a result on 11 occasions - 5 wins and 6 draws.

* If you drop the time to the 86th minute or later, the Men In Black still have a bodacious record of 11 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses. And in league play, FC Tucson has won 7, drawn 8 and lost just once in its history in such games. 

* Saturday’s win was the first time FC Tucson has come from behind to win with two very late goals in a match on the road. But scoring twice to flip a result in the final 10 minutes is nothing new to the club. In its 10 years, the club has now won 4 matches with two goals in the 82nd minute or later. Before Saturday, the three previous wins came at home, including the last one in a 2015 PDL first-round playoff match when Cylus Sandoval scored an equalizer in the 82nd and Edgar Reyna netted one in the 86th for a 2-1 victory over Albuquerque Sol FC at Kino North Stadium.

* Over the years, the Blues from Orange County have suffered the most at the feet of FC Tucson in the final moments. The Men in Black pulled out four wins and a draw thanks to goals in the 70th minute or later. Albuquerque Sol FC is second on the list, falling four times to FC Tucson in the late going.

5/12/12 83 W, 1-0 A Sanchez bicycle gives FCT first league win, over Pali Blues

5/26/12 80 W, 1-0 H King goal helps FCT beat Pali Blues again

5/26/13 91 D, 1-1 A Bevens scores in 91st to pull out draw for FCT at OC Blues

6/28/14 90 W, 3-2 A Rookwood again saves FCT vs. OC

7/12/15 70 W, 4-1 A Clemens goal starts run of 3 FCT scores in final 20 to win it vs. OC

6/6/14 88 D, 1-1 A Rookwood goal gives FCT a point vs. Alb.

7/18/15 86 W, 2-1 H Reyna goal wins it after FCT scores 2 in final 8 of playoff  vs. Alb.

7/3/17 92 W, 2-1 H Schmitt slots home penalty in 92nd for win over Albuquerque

7/3/18 94 D, 1-1 H Van Alstine from German on last kick draws with Albuq. Sol

7/25/20 86/90  W, 2-1, A Azaad Liadi with the equalizer and the assist on AJ Valenzuela’s game winning debut goal in the 90’

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