Southwestern Showdown

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Southwestern Showdown
Other names Battle for "The Golden Rattler"
Locale Southwestern United States
Teams Albuquerque Sol FC
FC Tucson
First meeting Albuquerque 1–1 Tucson[1]
June 6, 2014
Latest meeting Tucson 2–1 Albuquerque
July 3, 2017[2]
Statistics
Meetings total 12 (9–2–1 Tucson)
All-time series 4–0 (Tucson)
Largest victory Tucson 5–0 Albuquerque
July 13, 2016[3]

The Southwestern Showdown is an annual rivalry series first held in 2014 between FC Tucson and Albuquerque Sol FC, soccer clubs in the USL Premier Development League. The club to gain the most league standings points over the course of all regular-season meetings is given the Golden Rattler, a trophy depicting a rattlesnake ready to strike, to hold for the following year.[4]

Inaugural series[edit]

The first ever match between the two clubs was held on June 6, 2014 at Ben Rios Field in Albuquerque, a 1–1 draw.[5] A day later on the same field Tucson won 3–0.[6] Tucson secured both the 2014 series (7–1) and the Mountain Division title with a 1–0 victory in the final match, held in Tucson on July 4 at the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium.[7]

Results[edit]

Three league standings points are awarded for a victory and one for a draw. In the event that the two clubs earn an equal number of league points in their regular-season head-to-head matches, the series tie is broken first by total goals scored within the matches (aggregate score) and then by Mountain Division standings at the end of the regular season.[4]

██ Albuquerque Sol FC victory
██ FC Tucson victory
██ Draw
Series results Individual game results
Year Points Venue Date Score References
2014 7 – 1 (FCT) Ben Rios Field June 6, 2014 ABQ 1 – 1 FCT [1][8]
Ben Rios Field June 7, 2014 ABQ 0 – 3 FCT [6]
Kino North Stadium July 4, 2014 FCT 1 – 0 ABQ [7]
2015 3 – 3 (FCT)* Ben Rios Field June 6, 2015 ABQ 1 – 0 FCT [9]
Kino North Stadium July 4, 2015 FCT 2 – 0 ABQ [10]
post season Kino North Stadium July 18, 2015 FCT 2 – 1 ABQ [11]
2016 6 – 0 (FCT) UNM Soccer Stadium June 25, 2016 ABQ 0 – 2 FCT [3]
Kino North Stadium July 13, 2016 FCT 5 – 0 ABQ [12]
2017 10 – 1 (FCT) Ben Rios Field May 20, 2017 ABQ 2 – 4 FCT [13][14]
Kino North Stadium June 24, 2017 FCT 3 – 1 ABQ [15][14]
UNM Soccer Stadium July 1, 2017 ABQ 2 – 2 FCT [16]
Kino North Stadium July 3, 2017 FCT 3 – 1 ABQ [2]

* Series tie broken by aggregate score.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rosales, Glen (June 7, 2014). "Sol gives up late goal, ties 1-1". Albuquerque Journal. 
  2. ^ a b Payne, Roberto (July 4, 2017). "Tate Schmitt sinks late goal to lift first-place FC Tucson to win". Arizona Daily Star. 
  3. ^ a b "2016 Men's PDL Schedule". FC Tucson. March 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "'Southwestern Showdown' Begins Tonight". FC Tucson. June 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "FC Tucson's win streak ends at 6 after draw in Albuquerque". Arizona Daily Star. June 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Bosch, H. Jose (June 7, 2014). "Albuquerque 0-3 FC Tucson". FC Tucson. 
  7. ^ a b Ord, David (July 5, 2014). "Rookwood, FC Tucson break through to win first division crown". Arizona Daily Star. 
  8. ^ Bosch, H. Jose (June 6, 2014). "Albuquerque 1-1 FC Tucson". FC Tucson. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Chris (June 7, 2015). "Sol rides defense to victory over FC Tucson". Albuquerque Journal. 
  10. ^ Kelley, James (July 5, 2015). "FC Tucson blanks Sol behind Espindola's 2 goals". Arizona Daily Star. 
  11. ^ "Tucson Rallies To Advance Past Albuquerque". United Soccer League. July 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kelley, James (July 13, 2016). "FC Tucson has some golden opportunities up for grabs against Albuquerque". Arizona Daily Star. 
  13. ^ Payne, Roberto (June 17, 2017). "Danny Musovski's goal keeps FC Tucson in first place". Arizona Daily Star. 
  14. ^ a b Seligman, Noah (June 30, 2017). "Sol faces rematch of tough pairing with Tucson FC". Albuquerque Journal. 
  15. ^ Payne, Roberto (June 24, 2017). "FC Tucson dominates to increase Mountain Division lead". Arizona Daily Star. 
  16. ^ Seligman, Noah (July 1, 2017). "Albuquerque Sol, FC Tucson play to 2-2 tie at UNM". Albuquerque Journal.