Arizona sports fans, like all desert species, know how to make due. Said another way, were adapted to savor every major athletic event, because theres no telling when the next one will come. Thats why we know youll be in Glendale when University of Phoenix Stadium hosts preliminary rounds for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Sure, its disappointing that the surging U.S. mens team is playing elsewhere, but for soccer fans in Arizona, the two featured matches a 2 p.m. contest between Central American arch rivals Panama and Nicaragua, followed immediately by a tilt between Mexico and Guadeloupe figure to be the only world-class soccer youll see in person all year.
Sun., July 12, 2 p.m., 2009