PHOENIX (June 18, 2017) — Phoenix Rising Football Club leaned on a Didier Drogba brace to earn a hard fought 2-2 draw against Swope Park Rangers on the road. The club is now 5-5-1 and remains unbeaten all-time against Swope Park. The Rangers are now 5-4-2.
Phoenix Rising FC trailed by a goal going into the final moments of the match. But forward Omar Bravo drew a foul in the box and a penalty kick. Drogba stepped up to the spot and struck a near perfect shot into the left side netting to equalize 2-2.
It was the second time Drogba tied the match. With the club down 1-0 in the 57th minute, Swope Park gave up a bad turnover deep in their own zone. Midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips jumped on the loose ball and found Drogba in the middle of the pitch. With space between him and the defender, Drogba sent a shot inside the far right post to tie the match.
Both of the Kevin Oliveira calmly converted the kick to make it 1-0. Then in the 62nd minute, A.J. Gray was called for taking an attacker down in the box. Swope Park’s Nansel Selbol easily converted his shot to make it 2-1.Rangers’s goals came off penalties. The first came in the 26th minute when J.J. Greer was whistled for a yellow card in the box.
Phoenix Rising FC comes back home to the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday, June 24, to take on Real Monarchs SLC. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are available and can be purchased online at www.PHXRisingFC.com.
Match: Phoenix Rising FC at Swope Park Rangers
Date: June 18, 2017
Location: Swope Soccer Village | Kansas City, MO
SWOPE PARK RANGERS 2-2 PHOENIX RISING FC
SPR: 26’, 88-Kevin Oliveira (PK)
PHX: 57’, 11-Didier Drogba (29-Shaun Wright-Phillips)
SPR: 62’, 31-Nansel Selbol (PK)
PHX: 89’, 11-Didier Drogba (PK)
PHX: 25’, 34-J.J. Greer (yellow)
SPR: 65’, 31-Nansel Selbol (yellow)
SPR: 77’, 32-Christina Duke (yellow)
PHX: 87’, 11-Didier Drogba (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 19-Amadou Dia, 33-Jordan Stewart, 34-J.J. Greer, 3-Kody Wakasa; 8-Matt Watson (85’, 30-Eric Avila), 6-Miguel Timm; 14-Jason Johnson, 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips (69’, 9-Omar Bravo), 24-A.J. Gray (80’, 13-Eder Arreola); 11-Didier Drogba ©
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 2-Uchenna Uzo, 23-Matt Hurlow-Paonessa