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FC Tucson Names John Galas Assistant Coach

By FC Tucson Communications, 01/11/19, 10:00AM MST


20-year coaching veteran brings strong Arizona ties

TUCSON, Ariz. (January 11, 2019) — FC Tucson announced today that John Galas, the former Sporting Director and Head Coach Of  USL League Two club Lane United, has been named FC Tucson assistant coach. His duties begin effective immediately.

“I am delighted to join the Phoenix Rising FC family and specifically FC Tucson.  I would like to thank Head Coach Darren Sawatzky for this tremendous opportunity to join his coaching staff.  Coach Sawatsky is a proven winner, and I look forward to assisting him in delivering a quality product the Tucson soccer community can be proud of.”  

Galas has over 20 years of coaching experience across all levels of soccer from amateur to the pros. Most recently he was the sporting director and head coach of USL League Two club Lane United in Eugene, Oregon from 2013-2018. During that time he spent a three-month term as an assistant coach with Spanish side Villareal B.

“Furthermore, I’d like to thank GM Bobby Dulle and Head Coach Rick Schantz of Phoenix Rising FC for their support as we begin this exciting project in Tucson.  Lastly, a special thank you to Lane United FC, Managing Director Dave Galas, the LUFC ownership group  and the Red Aces for the last five years of unwavering support” 

Galas has also coached with the Portland Thorns, Real Salt Lake Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., Florida State, University of Oregon, and the University of Arizona.

“John’s knowledge of players in the development pathway is incredible and his connections and continued education in the game make him an ideal person to work with us at FC Tucson.  We are all working diligently to build a roster and club that represents Tucson well in the USL League One and John adds another dimension to that goal” remarked FC Tucson Head Coach Darren Sawatzky.

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About FC Tucson 
FC Tucson, established in 2010, is participating in its first-ever professional season in USL League 1. In 2012, FC Tucson was named the USL League 2 Rookie Franchise of the Year. To stay up to date on the club, check out the team’s website at You can also visit the team’s Facebook page at and follow all of the news related to FC Tucson on Twitter at

About USL League One
USL League One is shaping the future of the game in the United States, uniting passionate fans in new markets with the thrill of a proven professional soccer experience. League One submitted its sanctioning application to the U.S. Soccer Federation on Aug. 14. South Georgia Tormenta FC, FC Tucson, Greenville Triumph SC, Forward Madison FC, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, Toronto FC II, Orlando City B, Lansing Ignite FC, North Texas SCand the Richmond Kickers have been revealed as teams set to compete in the inaugural 2019 season.


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