They're probably Arizona's greatest professional team you've never heard of -- and the only way for them to get your attention is to keep on winning.
That's exactly what FC Arizona is doing. On Friday, they won their first-ever playoff game, and they still have yet to lose a game this season.
These guys are good. In fact, they've only allowed four goals all season.
They play in the National Premier Soccer League – so yes, there *is* another professional soccer team in Arizona besides Phoenix Rising.
But don't worry: FC Arizona doesn't take it personal.
"There's this misconception that there's this rivalry between Phoenix Rising and us, and that's not the case at all,” FC Arizona center-back and Chandler Hamiltion High School alum Jon Guse said. “I think if you talk to any of the guys on the team, we're rooting for Phoenix Rising. We want them to do good because the more success they have and the more success we have, the better it is for Arizona soccer."
“I think Arizona's a terrific soccer market, especially in the future,” said fellow Hamilton HS alum Dom Papa, a midfielder for FC Arizona. “It's one of the few places in the country where you can play soccer all year round, and I think we're starting to see it more and more with more people moving to Arizona and more youth playing the game of soccer growing up. So, I think the potential for Arizona as a soccer market is incredible."
You can help support pro soccer in the Valley by heading on out to their next playoff game! FC Arizona will host the West Region semifinals Saturday night at Mesa Community College. Tickets are just $12 per adult and $5 per child.