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PREVIEW: Phoenix Rising Football Club Seeks Revenge Against Reno 1868 FC

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 06/29/17, 2:45PM MST

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Defender Peter Ramage battles with a Reno forward in Phoenix Rising FC's 4-0 loss on May 6. (Michael Rincon/PHXRisingFC.com)

PHOENIX (June 29, 2017) – Phoenix Rising FC heads back on the road this Friday, June 30, looking to extend their season-long three match unbeaten streak in Nevada against Reno 1868 FC.

Fans can watch the match at the club’s official watch party at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill in Tempe Marketplace (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281), on television locally on YurView Arizona Cox Channels 7 & 1007 (HD) or online at PHXRisingFC.com.

In addition to their pursuit of a fourth straight positive result, Rising FC will be eyeing revenge against the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season, a 4-0 loss in Phoenix on May 6, 2017. That night, Reno forward Dane Kelly’s hat trick helped the expansion club earn its first-ever win.

Nearly two months later, Phoenix Rising FC will make its first-ever visit to Greater Nevada Field in search of its first win against Reno, and first road win under head coach Patrice Carteron.

Reno used their win against Rising FC as a springboard for a six-match unbeaten streak that lasted from May 6 until a loss against Real Monarchs SLC on June 19. During that run, Reno went 5-0-1, scored 22 goals, and recorded four clean sheets.

Kelly, the USL’s all-time leading scorer, is once again among the league’s leader in the category, with his 12 goals this campaign second only to the 13 scored by Charleston forward Romario Williams. Midfielder Antoine Hoppenot has provided secondary scoring for Reno, adding five goals of his own to help the club reach their current position of fourth in the Western Conference standings.

But Phoenix Rising FC will be riding high when they visit northern Nevada, having held the conference’s best team, Real Monarchs SLC, to a 1-1 draw at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex last Saturday, June 24. Omar Bravo scored his first league goal for the club that night, and his first from open play, to ensure the team remained unbeaten since the arrival of Carteron.

With a win or draw on Friday, Phoenix would match a franchise-record-long unbeaten streak of four, a feat it has accomplished three times before.

The 4-0 Reno win in May is the only prior meeting between the two clubs. Rising FC is 1-3-1 in road games this year, while Reno is 4-1-2 at home.

 

Game 13 — Phoenix Rising at Reno 1868 FC
Date: 
Saturday 24, 2017
Kickoff:7:45 p.m.
Stadium: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Phoenix Rising FC:5-5-2, 17 pts
Reno 1868 FC:6-4-3, 21 pts
All-time Series: Phoenix Rising FC is 0-1-0 in its all-time series with Reno 1868 FC. This will be the first time Phoenix Rising FC will travel to Reno.

 

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