As the MLS season keeps on humming, there's another American soccer season getting underway and this year you have an actual reason to pay attention to it. That's because FC Dallas has its very own affiliate USL club in Arizona United SC.
And like any new relationship in the digital age, you need to pony up on just what you're getting yourself into. Which means you would Google someone until you found something wrong with them like a criminal record, an inflammatory Facebook post or membership in a Nickelback fan club.
That's where I'll come in and do all the Internet sleuthing for you. Because between all the FC Dallas content you find yourself swimming through on a daily basis, you don't have time to wonder what's going on here in the Valley of the Sun.
As of now, the FC Dallas players that will eventually be loaned our to AZ United aren't known, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get to know the rest of the team. So this week I'll give you a brief primer on the team that could help mold your next favorite player of the future.
Today we're looking at the goalkeepers.
Fun Fact: "The Woz" (because let’s be honest, no one wants to spell that name a lot) is the among the top five career leaders in goals against average (No. 2), wins (3) and shutouts (18) at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He was also a mechanical engineer major, so he’s smarter than most of us. Greatest
YouTube clip: This video is from when he was with Orlando City SC. At the very least, you’ll know how to pronounce his name. And also what he would do with $20 at the mall. The fact he doesn't specify buying Panda Express is a major disappointment.
Fun fact: After spending time coming up through the Sporting KC Academy, Turner went to Europe where he spent some time in Croatia with Dinamo before landing in Spain and signing with Atletico Madrid where he played on their "C" team.
YouTube clip: A flowery profile from Sporting KC is the most recent tape of Turner I could find. So, you know, if you can stomach watching some SKC training footage, you can wonder how Turner is just 17 years old in that video.
That's all Arizona United as between the pipes (at least officially). Woszczynski will likely be the starter, much to the chagrin of the Big D Soccer editors and myself, but on a purely soccer basis, this is a great development for Arizona United. Last season, the club gave up 47 goals, fourth-worst in the league. By the end of the year, they found themselves four points out of the final playoff spot. "The Woz" could make that difference.
Come back tomorrow for a look at the defenders.