Eric Avila fights off a Colorado Springs defender during Phoenix Rising FC's 2-1 win on July 15. (Michael Rincon/PHXRisingFC.com)
PHOENIX (July 21, 2017) – Phoenix Rising FC head back out on the road this weekend looking to extend their club-record six-match unbeaten streak against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Rising FC (6-5- 4) have yet to lose under the guidance of head coach Patrice Carteron, and are coming off a come-from-behind victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC last Saturday. After conceding a goal in the first half, Phoenix Rising FC got two goals from substitute forward Jason Johnson to clinch the club’s first victory since June 10. For his efforts, Johnson was named the USL’s Player of the Week.
Meanwhile, Tulsa (7-8- 1) return home after a successful two-game road trip, where they beat in-state rivals OKC Energy FC 2-1 on July 8, and overturned a two-goal deficit against Galaxy II in a 2-2 draw last Thursday. Those two results were preceded by an impressive home win over top-of-the table Real Monarchs SLC, 2-0.
At the end of USL’s 17th week, Phoenix Rising FC and Tulsa have the same number of points (22). But the Roughnecks are in the eighth and final playoff spot because they have more total wins. If Phoenix Rising FC win, they will jump Tulsa and move into the final playoff spot.
Saturday’s trip to Tulsa will be the 16th league game for Phoenix Rising this season, marking their halfway point of the season. Rising FC can set a new record for the best 16 game start to a season in club history with at least a point Saturday; the team also secured 22 points in its first 16 games of the 2015 season, the current high-mark.
Rising FC have never earned a victory in their history against Tulsa, and just once have clinched a draw. Last year, Roughnecks FC won both meetings against Rising FC by a goal. Phoenix Rising has failed to earn a point in two previous trips to northeastern Oklahoma.
Game 16 – Phoenix Rising FC at Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Stadium: ONEOK Field
All-time Series: Phoenix Rising is 0-3-1 all time against Tulsa Roughnecks FC