“Visit Tucson Sun Cup” despite COVID-19
TUCSON – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Soccer (MLS) teams will continue to qualify for the Visit Tucson Sun Cup at Old Pueblo.
The Visit Tucson Sun Cup begins March 16 at the Kino Sports Complex. Tucson FC will host the MLS teams for the eleventh year in a row.
The preparation games include five Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs – Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC – as well as the USL championship teams El Paso Locomotive FC, LA Galaxy II, New Mexico United and Phoenix Rising FC.
“It’s been a phenomenal experience. You’re one step ahead,” said Tucson FC goalkeeper Rafael Guerrero, who also played for Real Salt Lake and was a former star at Salpointe High School. “It’s just a big challenge for me as a young player who strives to be where he is and to get a taste of this level and intensity.”
Jon Pearlman, Tucson FC’s chief soccer operations officer, says the teams are working with the Pima County’s health department in hopes that fans will be able to attend the games as they have done in years past.
“We would like to see this happen, but we understand that certain steps need to be followed. We are going through all avenues to do this appropriately,” said Pearlman. “But this is an incredibly meaningful event for everyone here in Tucson. Now that we have announced it, everyone is asking the same question. Of course we believe we can do it safely. We are looking for an opportunity to do so.” do this. “
In a statement, Tucson FC said it was “further evidence of Tucson FC’s commitment to being a pillar of the community through football”.