This Saturday night, at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Phoenix FC takes the field for its first-ever home match. (The team played its first game last Saturday, 2-0 loss to the LA Blues at Cal State Fullerton.)
The Wolves play in the United Soccer League, which is a step down the food chain from Major League Soccer. And that’s where it will stay, as American soccer is the one place where the concept of relegation – dropping the worst teams down a league while bringing up teams from the league below – doesn’t exist.
Phoenix FC management has worked hard to sign an array of talent, including former Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie and MLS journeyman goaltender Andrew Weber, and also several players with local ties.
Unaffiliated to Phoenix FC is La Furia Roja, the team’s official supporters’ group, which predates the team itself by several months. La Furia Roja is made up primarily of members of the American Outlaws’ Phoenix chapter. (The American Outlaws are the nation’s largest supporters group of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams.)
Season tickets for Phoenix FC are available online and, of course, single-game tickets also will be available.
Granted, this isn’t an MLS franchise. But for anyone who, like me, has been anxious to see professional soccer not only return but (hopefully) thrive here in the Valley, that time has come.
Get your tickets, get to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, and let’s all sing for Phoenix FC.