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USL Match Preview – #RGVvPHX

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 08/11/17, 5:30PM EDT

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Toros and Phoenix do battle seeking playoff place

EDINBURG, Texas – With both teams just one point out of the playoffs, Rio Grande Valley FC welcomes Phoenix Rising to H-E-B Park with kickoff at 7:30pm

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Rio Grande Valley FC news and notes

Current record: 7-10-4, 25pts

RGV FC returns to Texas following a thrilling match to end their road trip, defeating Seattle Sounders FC 2 4-3 on Saturday.

Twice coming from behind the Toros managed to overcome a strong resistance from the Seattle attack, Kyle Murphy scored the first, and assisted on the winner, with Jorginho James, Jose Escalante, and Joseph Holland scoring the other three goals.

Murphy’s performance earned him a place on the USL Team of the Week, after his goal earlier in the week in the road trip.

That result was the first win for RGV FC in six matches, and they will be looking for that result to spark them forward.

Phoenix Rising FC news and notes

Current record: 7-7-4, 25pts

Phoenix Rising FC got a strong start to their three game road trip as they managed a 2-0 victory over LA Galaxy II on Saturday night.

Both goals came in the first half with Didier Drogba opening the scoring in the 13th minute with a rocket free kick before Alessandro Riggi put away the second at the end of the half, earning himself a place on the USL Team of the Week bench.

Phoenix have won just two matches on the road, and have yet to manage appoint against a Texas team, losing both matches to San Antonio FC.

Series Notes

The one match the two sides have played was a 1-1 draw in Texas last year.

Squads

Rio Grande Valley – GK: Marco Carducci, Borja Angoitia, Calle Brown, Michael Kirk; D: Kai Greene, Victor Garza, Robby Sagel, Justin Bilyeu, Ivan Magalhaes, Jorginho James, Leo Ayala, Kevin Garcia, Taylor Hunter, Juan Garcia, Camilo Botero, Dylan Remick; M: Eric Bird, T.J. Casner, Todd Wharton, Christian Lucatero, Jose Escalante, Joe Holland, Eric Alexander; F: Ruben Luna, Kyle Murphy, Francisco Pungo, Memo Rodriguez

Phoenix– GK: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen, Nolan Wirth; D: Eder Arreola, Jordan Gibbons, Amadou Dia, J.J. Greer, A.J. Gray, Peter Ramage, Jordan Stewart, Kody Wasaka, Victor Vasquez, Jordan Stewart, Jean-Marie Mala; M: Alessandro Riggi, Eric Avila, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Sam Hamilton, Romilio Hernandez, Miguel Timm, Blair Gavin, Matt Watson; F: Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Didier Drogba, Matt Hurlow

Discipline

Rio Grande Valley – NONE

Phoenix – Accumulation warning: Omar Bravo, Didier Drogba, JJ Greer

Officials
REF: ROSENDO MENDOZA
AR1: Jorge Perez
AR2: Julian Trevino
4TH: Jesus Aguilar

Game hashtag:

#RGVvPHX

Twitter social handles

Rio Grande Valley FC - @RGVFC

FC Cincinnati - @PHXRisingFC

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