The well-rested Men In Black had time to enjoy a week off last weekend after a home loss to North Texas SC on October 2, but now is the time to work towards a playoff spot in USL League One.
The franchise remained busy at the front office during the week off. He gave the interim head coach Jon Pearlman the permanent title on October 7. As a coach of FC Tucson, he will also continue to be the team’s technical director.
FC Tucson returns to the field Wednesday night at 7 a.m. at Kino North to face the final North Carolina FC (5-15-4).
As the season ends with just four games to go, the playoff race is tightening. FC Tucson is in sixth place – the last place to advance to the playoffs – with 33 points and a 9-9-6 record.
The Men In Black follow directly New England Revolution II FC (11-10-4, 37 points) and Richmond Kickers FC (10-8-7, 37 points) – both of whom share fifth place.
North Texas SC (8-8-9) also has 33 points, but FC Tucson has more wins overall with nine, which is the first tiebreaker.
Toronto II FC (8-9-8) are seventh with 32 points.
FC Tucson’s next three games are against teams that are unable to advance to the playoffs, so it’s imperative for the Men In Black to do business and stay in the top six.
They will also host South Georgia Tormenta (8-12-6, 30 points) on Saturday and play Forward Madison SC (6-7-11, 29 points) on October 23.
Their last real test will be a home game against Richmond Kickers FC on October 30.
FC Tucson must first focus on North Carolina SC, which are the only USL League One team to be eliminated from the playoffs at this point.
The last time the two teams met, FC Tucson claimed a 2-1 victory on May 29.
It will be the Fuerza Frontline Workers Night presented by the City of Tucson. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN-Plus.
- Wallis Lapsley has made 67 saves this season and is second in USL League 1.
- Charlie Dennis is tied for fourth in USL League 1 with six assists.
- FC Tucson have 35 goals this season and are tied for third in USL League 1
Nathaniel Martinez is an aspiring sports journalist, graduate of Sahuaro High School and a student at Pima Community College. He wrote for Aztec Press in Pima. In Sahuaro, he played football for longtime coach Scott McKee and he struggled.