Eleven Major League Soccer teams will be in Tucson for the league’s preseason training in February, boosting the sports economic impact to $4 million annually.
Five of the teams will take part in the annual FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament, running Feb. 19 through March 1.
The others will take part in exhibition matches earlier in the month.
The deal brings a total of 15 professional soccer matches to Tucson.
The cup is adding a fifth MLS team to the tournament and a fourth game for each team.
Most games will be played at the new, 2,300-seat Kino Sports Complex north stadium, which the county recently spent nearly $3 million to build.
The final round of games will be played at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, which seats 11,000.
Major League Baseball’s spring training brought in $16 million in its final year before leaving for Phoenix. It brought in an estimated $30 million at its height.