Desert Diamond Cup Day 1 Pictures & Quotes From AZ Natives Brad Evans & Robbie Findley
The first games of the Desert Diamond Cup are in the books. Seattle Sounders defeated New England Revolution 2-0 and Real Salt Lake tied New York Red Bulls 2-2.
This year 3 AZ natives will be participating in the tournament: Brad Evans of Seattle, Robbie Findley of Real Salt Lake and Luis Robles of New York Red Bulls.
After the games AzKicksIt had a chance to catch up with Brad and Robbie.
AzKicksIt - Growing up did you ever expect to play preseason soccer in Arizona?
Evans - I have never seen a green field in the winter time in Arizona. That is the coolest part coming home. It’s great to be back home obviously I missed the first trip to Casa Grande closer to home but I’m going to get in some good quality family time in now.
AzKicksIt - How does the all the soccer happenings help out the state?
Evans - Even when I was growing up I always saw Arizona as a top club state for youth players. I just remember my ’85 , ’86, ’84 teams. There is a waste of talent almost because their is no Division I soccer. No body can go anywhere unless they pay $40,000 to go out of state and that is not really going to happen unless it’s on the rare occasion. It’s good to raise the awareness and obviously with the Phoenix team coming in and with FC Tucson and every year it gets better and better.
AzKicksIt - Does that give young kids hope that they can actually see a product on the field
Evans - I didn’t know about MLS until I went to college. I watched MLS cup but I couldn’t have told you 5 teams when I was 16, 17 years old. For these kids that are 10 years old that get to come out and watch MLS soccer, just to raise the awareness is huge.
AzKickskIt – Growing up did you ever expect to play a preseason game in Arizona?
Findley – No to be honest. I heard it for the past couple years they have been coming year and I was kinda jealous. But it’s good to be back in Arizona an hopefully my family can come see me in the next couple of days.d
AzKicksIt – How does all this soccer help the state out?
Findley – We’ve also got the academy down in Casa Grande too, so just starting from an early age and getting them to how whatever club and area their from plays and how their system works, it is important from a young age and that they learn it as soon as they can really.