Defender Amadou Dia goes after a loose ball during Phoenix Rising FC's match against San Antonio FC. (Ashley Orellana/PHXRisingFC.com)
PHOENIX (August 4, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC begins a three-game road trip on Saturday, August 5, in Carson, California, aiming to complete a season sweep of Los Angeles Galaxy II.
After come-from-behind victories in its first two meetings with Los Dos this year, Rising FC (6-7-4) will have a chance to go 3-0-0 against their LA rivals in a season for the second time in three years. Phoenix went 3-0-0 against Galaxy II in 2015, only to see LA respond by winning all three fixtures in the series last year.
Rising FC enters Saturday’s match on a two-match losing streak, a similar run of form they had entering their April 8 match against Los Dos. That night, after an Adonis Amaya opening goal for Galaxy II (5-11-4), Luke Rooney netted a brace to lead Phoenix to their first win of the season.
In May, the two clubs meet again at the Stubhub Center Track Stadium, and despite having lost Rooney weeks earlier to a torn ACL, Rising FC again overturned a 1-0 deficit thanks to goals from Eric Avila and Jason Johnson.
Since suffering an early July 9-0 rout at the hands of Reno 1868 FC, Los Dos have recovered, going 2-0-2 in the four games since, the last three being at their home stadium. Last Wednesday Galaxy II defeated crosstown rivals Orange County SC 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from midfielder Ryo Fujii, giving the team just their second home win all season.
Galaxy II’s offense has been centered around forward Justin Dhillon and midfielder Adrian Vera this year. Dhillon leads the team with six goals, just one better than Vera’s five. Defensively, Los Dos have been one of the poorest units in the league; their 43 goals allowed is second worst in the USL, only one better than Seattle Sounders 2.
Saturday’s trip to LA will snap a difficult run of fixtures for Rising FC, who have not played a team currently outside the Western Conference’s top eight since June 10; in the seven matches since, the club has won just once and scored only six goals.
The squad was bolstered by the returns of forward Chris Cortez and midfielder Alessandro Riggi last week. The attacking duo each returned from lengthy injury absences in the 1-0 loss to San Antonio, giving head coach Patrice Carteron two new options at his disposal.
While Phoenix can continue their recent dominance over Galaxy II with a win on Saturday, the all-time series between the clubs is dead even. In 12 previous matches, each team has won five times, while drawing the other two matches.
Game 18 – Phoenix Rising FC at Los Angeles Galaxy II
Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Stadium: Stubhub Center Track Stadium (Carson, California)
Phoenix Rising FC: 6-7-4, 22 pts
Los Angeles Galaxy II:5-11-4, 19 pts
All-time series: Phoenix Rising FC is 5-5-2 in its all-time series with LA Galaxy II, and has won both its meetings against the club this season.
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Phoenix Rising FC at LA Galaxy II 8.5.17