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Visit Tucson Sun Cup Tickets
Event: Visit Tucson Sun Cup
Leagues: MLS and USL
2020 Dates: February 15-22
Venues: Casino Arizona Field and Kino North Stadium
Visit Tucson Sun Cup TicketsThe Visit Tucson Sun Cup is an annual preseason soccer tournament that showcases some of the best American teams playing at the highest levels of competition. Originally founded in 2011 with just four participating teams, the Arizona-based tournament has gone through various names throughout its history, including the Desert Diamond Cup and the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. Visit Tucson, the official tourism organization of the city, became the sponsor of the tournament in 2020. The results of the games do not count toward the team’s regular-season standings. However, the games do give teams a chance to prepare for the regular season in a competitive environment. If you want to catch some of the best teams in the top American leagues, then you should purchase Visit Tucson Sun Cup tickets at StubHub, a leading source for live events.
Who participates in the tournament?Every year, the Sun Cup features a different number of teams from across the landscape of American soccer. At least one local Arizona team will usually participate in the tournament, but everyone must be invited by the tournament organizers to formally compete. In 2020, the participating teams include five MLS teams — Real Salt Lake, Sporting KC, the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew SC — and a single USL Championship team — Phoenix Rising FC.
What is the format of the tournament?The Visit Tucson Sun Cup features a round-robin format in which everyone is guaranteed to play exactly three games against their assigned competition. The schedule is determined months beforehand by the tournament organizers. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. To keep the game short, all matches will end after the regulation period with no overtime. The team with the most points at the end of the three-game round robin is declared the winner of the cup. If teams are tied, then various tiebreakers come into play.
When does the Sun Cup take place?The 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup will take place on February 15th, 19th and 22nd. Three games are played on each day of competition. However, the two games at Kino North Stadium on the 19th are closed to the general public. Phoenix Rising FC from the USL Championship and FC Tucson from USL League One will serve as the hosts of the event, but FC Tucson will not participate. Phoenix Rising will host all three games at its home stadium, which is Casino Arizona Field in Scottsdale. The remaining games will take place at FC Tucson’s home field, Kino North Stadium. Some teams may play in both stadiums, depending on the schedule, while others may play in only a single destination.
Who was the winner of the previous tournament?FC Dallas was the winner of the 2019 Sun Cup with nine points and a perfect 3-0 record. The team beat the New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders on its way to victory.
How large are the venues?Kino North Stadium, which opened in 2013, has a seating capacity of 1,800 with two loges. It is located in the Kino Sports Complex just off I-10. Casino Arizona Field, which opened in 2017, seats approximately 6,200 spectators. It is located near the actual Casino Arizona in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
What events are similar to the Sun Cup?If you enjoy preseason exhibition soccer, then you might want to check out the International Champions Cup. Using a similar round-robin format, the ICC features mostly European teams competing in venues around the United States and the rest of the world.
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