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2011 Desert Cup features New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City in Tucson

Hi Corbett Field (photo by Mavarin (Karen Funk Blocher) via wikipedia commons

The 2011 Major League Soccer Desert Cup featuring the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City will be the most important professional soccer event in Tucson, Arizona history.

The two-day event marks the first time MLS teams have ever played in the Old Pueblo. It also marks the home debut of FC Tucson, the town’s new semi-pro team featuring Tuscon’s best local talent.

Over the two days, two of the nation’s premier soccer teams will square off against each other as well as challenge local Arizona clubs FC Tucson and the Phoenix Sahuaros.

The MLS team’s rosters are repete with the international stars including Thierry Henry, star of the French National team and striker for Arsenal in the English Premier League. Omar Bravo, hero of Chivas in the Mexican League, and defender Rafael Marquez, captain of the Mexican National squad and Barcelona FC in Spain’s Premier Soccer League.

The event will take place on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 6 pm nightly, at Hi Corbett Field. The past Spring Training home of the Colorado Rockies that has now been filled with 10,000 square feet of sod to accomodate a soccer game of this magnitude.

The Desert Cup, hosted by FC Tucson Events, working in conjunction with local leaders, The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitor Bureau, and other community partners will showcase Tucson’s best to the National soccer community and in the future.

Info courtesy of MLS, Tuscon Toros & Tucson Chamber of Commerce

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