Great seats, great name

Sitting in the front row behind the team benches and savoring the late afternoon sun Saturday was a Seattle Sounders FC fan sporting a "super cyan" team jersey with "CONQUERGOOD" on the back. The owner is Seattle resident Tom Conquergood, who was taking in the Desert Diamond Cup doubleheader with his mother, Kris, who lives in Green Valley.

"As soon as it was announced that the Sounders were going to be a part of the Desert Diamond Cup, I was interested," said Tom, a Sounders season ticket holder, as the grunge anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Seattle's Nirvana was playing on the public address system at Kino Stadium.

"It was a good opportunity to see preseason action. After that December 1st date when the final happens, it's a long wait until March and the season starts again. So I've been Jonesing for soccer."

As for the name, he says Conquergood means "supposedly Scottish warrior"


Countries represented on the rosters of the four Desert Diamond Cup teams. Aside from the U.S., France tops the list with five players.

The real deal

On the western concourse, just about even with the midfield stripe sits Gauna's Mexican Food. (Look for a yellow banner with a soccer ball topped by a sombrero emblazoned on it.)

The food is authentic, and so is the man running the show - former Salpointe Catholic High School star forward Fernando Gauna. The ex-Lancer, who owns the state high school record for career goals with 110, has a new business interest.

"I wanted to be a part of" the event, Gauna said. "Getting something my family knows how to do. So far we've done the Fort Lowell Shootout and different events catering. We're slowly growing. So it's fun."