Phoenix FC Wolves to play home opener Saturday

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 6:29 AM

PHOENIX -- There's a new pro sports team in town and they're ready to kick their opponents to the curb -- literally. The Phoenix FC Wolves, a franchise member of the USL PRO professional soccer division, is opening its inaugural season.

The team stopped by "Good Morning! Arizona" to chat with Javier Soto Wednesday.

The Wolves are a professional team, one step below Major League Soccer.

"The ambition is to maybe get there one day," said defender Scott Morrison, who wears the #3 jersey. "The USL is a tough league and it's a good league at the same time. We'll try to establish ourselves in the USL and we'll see what happens."

The team is truly multi-cultural, with members from here in the Valley and Tucson, throughout the country and all over the world. Morrison, for example, is from Aberdeen, Scotland. There also are players from Ghana, Brazil, Africa, Jamaica, Mexico and Liberia, as well as Texas, California, Colorado, Texas, Washington and Maryland.

The home opener is against VSI Tampa Bay, the other new USL PRO franchise team. The game will be VSI Tampa Bay's very first professional match.

"Both Phoenix FC and VSI Tampa Bay have assembled teams made up of players with professional and international experience, many of whom have played together previously for USL PRO and Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs," reads a Phoenix FC news release. "Both sides have made it clear with their signings that they intend to be immediately competitive in the USL PRO league, and this Saturday's matchup promises to be one in which each team looks to make a statement as the stronger of the two freshman clubs."

This weekend's home game is the first of many. The Wolves' season runs through August. Tickets are $9.

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