Future of FC Tucson: Cloudy

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The future of USL League One’s FC Tucson is up in the air, as owner Phoenix Rising FC is evaluating options for the team in 2021 and beyond.

USL Championship’s Phoenix Rising FC purchased FC Tucson, then a Premier Development League team, in October 2017, with the intention of setting up a player-development pipeline between the two Arizona communities. That apparently didn’t work out: technically, the development agreement between the two teams was severed earlier this year, and now things are to the point where FC Tucson might be sold, according to new team president Amanda Powers.

In fact, Powers says the team is an independent–not unusual in USL League One. The most recent player acquisitions have come from other USL Championship squads. Powers, who came to the team after a successful run with New Mexico United, certainly has some uncharted waters to navigate. Currently the team is not playing before fans because of COVID-19 restrictions, and last year the team drew 961 fans per match.

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