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Philadelphia Union's Brian Carroll (7) and Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan (10) compete for the ball in the first half of an MLS soccer match in 2011. (AP)
Philadelphia Union's Brian Carroll (7) and Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan (10) compete for the ball in the first half of an MLS soccer match in 2011. (AP)

For years, Tucson, Arizona has been in a funk. First the housing crisis hit the city hard. Debates over immigration policy fueled racial tensions in the community. Major League Baseball pulled its spring training camps out of town. Then last year a man opened fire at an outdoor Congressional meeting — killing six people and severely wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Could soccer put Tucson back on steadier footing? This Saturday, Major League Soccer holds its Desert Diamond Cup finals in Tucson, showcasing some of the league's best teams and biggest stars. It's part of a long-term plan to have soccer replace baseball as Tucson's springtime economic and morale booster.

Guest:

  • Richard Elias, Pima County supervisor

This segment aired on March 1, 2012.

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