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Epic rally earns FC Tucson point on the road

By Staff Reports, 07/10/21, 9:30PM MST


Two goals in the final five minutes on Saturday night helped FC Tucson pull off one of the greater comebacks in club history and gain some revenge on the road against Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.

Daniel Bedoya converted a penalty in the 86th minute and Shak Adams added another goal three minutes later to help the Men in Black rally from two goals down to walk away with a 2-2 draw at CHI Memorial Stadium.

It was the second straight game in which Tucson picked up a point or more since Jon Pearlman took over as coach. The club claimed a 2-1 home win over Fort Lauderdale CF on July 3 in Pearlman’s first game.

The Red Wolves, who defeated FC Tucson 3-2 with a late winner in their confrontation at Kino North Stadium on June 12, came out early looking for another win against the Men in Black. Juan Galindrez hit the crossbar in the 13th minute and then, after an hour-long break due to lightning, Ricky Ruiz drew first blood when his left-footer along the ground found the back right corner in the 34th minute.

Chattanooga doubled the lead when Galindrez looped in a header from a difficult angle in the 64th minute.

But Tucson would not shaken and, after a trio of substitutions in the 78th minute, they found the breakthrough they needed when Tobenna Uzo was fouled in the penalty area.

Bedoya stepped up and sent the ball to keeper TIm Trilk’s right while the Red Wolf dove in the opposite direction to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 86th minute. It was Bedoya’s first goal of the season.

Adams secured goal No. 2 on the season for him and earned Tucson a point in the 89th minute when he completed a nice turn near midfield and a long run with a right-footed blast from long range to make it 2-2.

FC Tucson (3-4-4 with 13 points), returns to Kino North Stadium on Saturday, July 17, to take on New England Revolution II. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Chattanooga is 5-1-4.

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