The Seattle Sounders FC, in partnership with FC Tucson, Pima County and the Desert Diamond Cup sponsors, announced today there will be free admission to Friday's match against Veracruz. "We have enjoyed our time at the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "Tucson has been very supportive of what we have done here, so it's a great way to give back to the fans for their support." Sounders FC will face Mexican second division side Veracruz on Friday at 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. local) at North Field #5 at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. Tickets will be made available through FC Tucson's radio broadcast partners, ESPN Deportes (990 AM) and sister station La Caliente (102.1 FM), and at the FC Tucson box office at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily starting Tuesday, February 19, while supplies last.
"Tucson SoccerFest has enjoyed tremendous support from the community," said FC Tucson managing member Greg Foster. "This is one small way to say 'Thank you.'" Seattle opens its fifth MLS season on March 2 against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. For more information visit www.SoundersFC.com.
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About VeracruzVeracruz plays in the Ascenso MX, the second tier of pro soccer in Mexico. They currently sit fourth in the Clausura with 12 points (3-1-3) after starting 3-0-1, including recent wins over Dorados de Sinaloa, La Piedad, and UAG. The Tiburones Rojos most recently fell, 3-0, on the road against Atlamira. Veracruz finished 12th in the 2012 Apertura with 14 points (3-6-5). Pablo Gabriel Torres and Yutu Ono lead the team with two goals apiece in the 2013 Clausura, while Alejandro Castillo, Jose Lopez Monroy, and Rafael Medina Rodríguez have each added one.