FC Tucson has developed into road warriors in their six-game unbeaten streak as the Men In Black played four of those six games away from Kino North Stadium.
During the successful stretch, they have outscored opponents 15-6, moving from 11th to fourth in the standings.
Their six-game unbeaten streak started with a blowout win against Fort Lauderdale CF (7-6-10) after FC Tucson (8-8-6) beat the Greenville Triumph (8-7-7) at home.
They then won two road matches in a row, beating New England II FC (8-4-9) by a 2-1 score and tying with North Texas SC (6-9-7) with each team scoring once.
FC Tucson then traveled to Greenville (S.C.) in their latest match last Saturday and tied the Triumph at three goals apiece.
FC Tucson travels again Saturday to play a difficult game at Union Omaha (10-2-8, 38 points).
Union Oklahoma will likely be FC Tucson’s toughest challenge this month, as the Men in Black have yet to beat the second-place club this season. They are 0-3 against Union Omaha.
The current unbeaten streak has proven to be very beneficial for FC Tucson because of their strong push in the USL League One standings, scoring 13 points in the process.
They are at 30, two points better than No. 7 Forward Madison FC (6-4-10).
The top six finishers qualify for the postseason, which starts after the regular season ends in five weeks.
Charlie Dennis had a big match last Sunday at Greenville. He scored three goals for his team in the tie.
Maxi Schenfeld was a defensive nightmare for Greenville. He posted three tackles, five clearances and two interceptions.
FC Tucson will need the three points to pass Greenville (31) in the standings for third place, assuming the Triumph either lose or tie.
To bolster their already loaded line up, FC Tucson added two more players that come from the USL Championhip league — goal keeper Jim Barkei from Memphis 901 FC and Alioune Diakhate from Indy 11.
Saturday night’s match starts at 5 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN Plus.
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Nathaniel Martinez is an aspiring sports journalist who is a Sahuaro High School graduate and Pima Community College student. He has written for the Aztec Press at Pima. While at Sahuaro, he played football for longtime coach Scott McKee and he wrestled.