MESA, Ariz. (Tuesday, July 11, 2017) -- The Southwest Conference regular season champions, FC Arizona plays host to Albion SC Pros in the National Premier Soccer League West Region Quarterfinals on Friday, July 14 at Mesa Community College at 8:00 p.m.
FC Arizona wrapped up its inaugural regular season with an undefeated record (12-0-4) while clinching the #1 seed in the West Region. Their opponent, Albion SC Pros, finished the regular season with an 11-4-1 record. Good enough for the wildcard spot and the #8 seed.
FC Arizona is averaging 1,500 fans per match with 2,842 fans coming out for the club's first-ever on March 4. A large crowd is expected for Friday night and if fans would like to avoid long lines at the box office window, they can purchase tickets right here. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for youth players wearing their club, recreational, or indoor jerseys.
FC Arizona is coached by former international goalkeeper Aidan Davidson, who played professionally in England for 22 years. He appeared in more than 400 first team matches, which include spells in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City.
The first-year club took the NPSL by storm this year finishing with an undefeated record. The strength of the squad is in the defense, which is led by goalkeeper and 2015 Portland Timbers MLS Cup winner Andrew Weber (McClintock High School). Weber, along with local products Jose Rodriguez (Central High School), Dom Papa (Hamilton High School), Jon Guse (Hamilton High School), David Paul (Thunderbird High School), and Nebraska native Mo Salama have allowed just three goals all season long.
The offense can't be overlooked as 2006 Trevor Brown High School graduate, Cesar Mexia leads the team in goals and assists with nine and seven, respectively. Costa Rican international Alejandro Aguilar is second with eight goals, and Chris Ramsell (Pinnacle High School) is tied for third with four goals.
FC Arizona and Albion Sc Pros have faced each other twice during the regular season with FC Arizona winning the first match at home 1-0 on March 25. The second match ended in a 1-1 draw on June 10.