PHOENIX, AZ (March 31, 2017) – Phoenix Rising Football Club (0-1-0) heads on its first road trip of the season to Utah to square off with Real Monarchs SLC (1-0-0) on Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m.
Fans can watch the match live locally on YurView Arizona Cox Channels 7 & 1007 (HD) or online at PHXRisingFC.com. Fans can also head to the club’s official watch party at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill in Tempe Marketplace (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281)
The road trip comes on the heels of Phoenix Rising FC’s historic home opener on March 25. An all-time club record 6,890 fans watched as Phoenix Rising FC fell to Toronto FC II, 1-0. The match marked the opening of the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, the first soccer-specific stadium in the club’s four-year history.
Real Monarchs SLC are coming off a road win to begin their 2017 campaign. Behind goals from midfielders James Moberg and Nick Besler, the Monarchs downed Portland Timbers 2, 2-1. Midfielder Charlie Adams notched the assist for both goals.
This will be the eighth meetup between the two clubs. In two previous seasons, Phoenix Rising FC is 4-3-0. The teams aren’t just evenly matched in terms of records. The matches themselves have been very close with six of the seven matches decided by one goal. The only time a contest was decided by more than a goal came on July 22, 2016, a 3-0 win for Phoenix Rising FC.
Game 2 – Phoenix Rising FC at Real Monarchs SLC
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Kickoff: 3:00 p.m., Arizona
Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, UT)
Phoenix Rising FC: 0-1-0, 0 pts
Real Monarchs SLC: 1-0-0, 3 pts
All-time Series: Phoenix Rising FC is 4-3-0 in its all-time series with Real Monarchs SLC, and has won three of the last four meetings including the last two trips to Utah.
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is Arizona’s highest level professional soccer club. 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. 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 (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub). For tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com.
About United Soccer League
The United Soccer League is the fastest growing professional soccer league in the world with teams in 19 states and three Canadian provinces. Since 2014, the USL has doubled in size and established a sizeable North American footprint with strong ownership, experienced executives and regional rivalries.
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.
Creating an engaging environment for passionate fans, the USL aims to establish all clubs as owners or primary tenants of 8,000-10,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Teams have invested more than $100 million into stadium infrastructure in the last year to enhance the experience for the USL’s passionate fans, 900-plus players and nearly 100 coaches in building a highly sophisticated league.
Expanding its broadcast reach with ESPN and SiriusXM partnerships, USL “Games of the Week” were available this year on ESPN3 to 99 million households. The USL aired more than 500 games last season through its Match Center. Recently, the USL finalized a $10 million investment and partnership with VISTA Worldlink to create USL Productions, which will create more than 1,000 hours of live match coverage for 2017. Additionally, statistical analysis will be powered by Opta – the world’s leading provider of live, detailed sports data – who will manage and deliver in-depth details for all USL games.
Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL supports its teams with operational excellence through 50-plus employees and 16 departments including Analytics, Competition, Creative, Digital, League Operations, Marketing, Merchandise/Licensing, Team Services, USL Productions and more.