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Phoenix Rising Football Club Unveils Full 2017 Preseason Schedule

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 02/13/17, 3:00PM MST

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Club set to play in five matches before home opener on March 25

(PHOENIX, AZ) February 13, 2017 – Today Phoenix Rising Football Club revealed its full preseason schedule for the 2017 season. The club will play five matches before its home opener on March 25, with two of the matches being hosted by Grand Canyon University. Both in-state friendlies will be open to the public. Fans will get their first look at the team on Saturday, March 4, when the club takes on the Lopes at GCU Soccer Stadium. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m.

"We've had so much exciting news around the club recently, but we're just ready to hit the pitch and play soccer," said Phoenix Rising FC Head Coach Frank Yallop. "We'll have two weeks of training plus five matches, and I think we'll be prepared to have a successful 2017 campaign."

Players will begin a two-week preseason training camp in Casa Grande, Arizona, on February 18, at Grande Sports Academy. It will be the second consecutive season the team spends its preseason training camp in Casa Grande.

Date

Day

Opponent

Time

2.25.17

Saturday

at Albion Pros FC

7:30 p.m.

3.4.17

Saturday

GCU Soccer

8:00 p.m.

3.9.17

Thursday

at CS Fullerton

11:00 a.m.

3.10.17

Friday

at Orange County SC

11:00 a.m.

3.17.17

Friday

GCU Soccer

7:00 p.m.

*in-state matches in bold

The club opens its 2017 campaign on Saturday, March 25, at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex against Toronto FC II. Fans can currently place season ticket deposits at the team’s website at www.PHXRisingFC.com or call the main office number for personalized service at 623.594.9606. Fans who become season ticket members will receive a free Phoenix Rising FC jersey in addition to various other benefits throughout the season.

 

Phoenix Rising Football Club players under contract for 2017 include:

GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen

DEFENDERS: Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo, J.J. Greer, Brock Granger, Victor Vasquez

MIDFIELDERS: Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Luke Rooney, A.J. Gray, Alessandro Riggi

FORWARDS: Moses Danto, Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Mike Seth, Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa, Omar Bravo

 

About Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising FC is the highest level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Established in 2013, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League, which has been awarded Division 2 status by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Major League Soccer (MLS) recently announced Phoenix Rising FC as among 12 applicants being considered for PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub). For season tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com. a MLS Expansion Franchise.  Beginning in March of 2017, Phoenix Rising FC will be playing in its new, soccer-specific stadium located at the northwest corner of the 101 and 202 freeways in south Scottsdale.  For more information on the club, visit the team's website at PhxRisingFC.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook (

 

About United Soccer League

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In 2016, the USL experienced record growth with a total season attendance of almost 1.5 million, a 33 percent increase from 2015. The average attendance for the league’s top-10 drawing teams was 6,724, a 25 percent increase year-over-year.

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