Excessive Faculty Soccer Showcase names awards after Armando Rios, Julian Barcelo | Universities

Southern Arizona’s first all-star soccer showcase will honor two former Tucson high stars who recently passed away.

The June 4th High School Showcase MVP is receiving an award named for Armando Rios, a former badger running back, businessman, and booster who passed away on December 1st at the age of 52.

The Julian Barcelo Best Teammate Award will be given to two players and a Spirit Squad member who best exemplify the spirit of teamwork during the week. Barcelo, a former Tucson High Offensive lineman, died in his sleep on May 9. He was 22 years old. He is survived by his parents Julian and Lupita. and his brothers Manuel and Carlos. A GoFundMe page was set up to support his family.

The Southern Arizona High School Football Showcase begins at 7:00 p.m. and the gates open at 6:00 p.m. The teams are trained by the local greats Dennie Bene and Nemer Hassey.

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