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Phoenix Rising Set To Make 2019 Home Debut

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 03/15/19, 12:00PM MST


What You Need To Know

  • This will be the third home opener at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. The club is 1-1-0 in its previous two home openers at the stadium.
  • This will be Phoenix Rising’s first-ever match against New Mexico United
  • This will be the first match of the supporter-created Four Corners Cup

Saturday, March 16 -- vs. New Mexico United, 7:30 p.m.
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Phoenix Rising FC kicks off the home portion of its schedule against first-year USL Championship club New Mexico United. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m. Fans who arrive early will receive a 2019 Phoenix Rising schedule magnet courtesy of Equality Health. Plus upon leaving the stadium, fans will receive a Phoenix Rising branded bottle of strawberry lemonade courtesy of Danzeisen.

The club drew, 3-3, on the road in its season opener against San Antonio FC. In that match, the club fell behind three different times before coming back to equalize with goals from Junior Flemmings, Adam Jahn, and the game-tying goal from Jason Johnson. Flemmings also had an assist (on Jahn’s goal) and was recognized by the league as a USL Championship Team of the Week Honorable Mention.

Tickets for tomorrow’s match are still available and fans can purchase them by going to

A Little Bit About New Mexico United

  • New Mexico United had its inaugural home opener on Saturday, March 9, and drew 1-1 with Fresno FC in front of 12,896 fans.
  • Albuquerque-native Devon Sandoval scored the franchise’s first goal in the 25th minute of the match, also giving the club its first-ever lead.
  • The hometown favorite Sandoval was also the club’s first-ever signing.
  • New Mexico United signed two former Phoenix Rising players: Kevaughn Frater and Sam Hamilton

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising

  • Phoenix Rising walked away from San Antonio with a point following its 3-3 draw, its first point in San Antonio since 2016.
  • Junior Flemmings and Adam Jahn each scored a goal in their club debut while Flemmings also added an assist.
  • Solomon Asante moved into sole possession of second place as the club’s all-time assist leader following his assist of Junior Flemmings. 
  • Over the past two seasons, Phonix Rising is 7-1-5 in matches following a draw.

The Series With New Mexico United
This will be the first official meeting between the two clubs

Who are you again?
For a second consecutive week, Phoenix Rising will potentially see a former player in the opponent’s Starting XI. New Mexico United has two former Phoenix Rising players on its roster: Kevaughn Frater and Sam Hamilton. Frater appeared in 21 matches and scored three goals with one assist in 2018. Hamilton appeared in 14 matches and scored a goal in 2017. 

Club debuts
Five players made their club debuts in the team’s 3-3 draw against San Antonio FC: Mustapha Dumbuya, Lamar Batista (loanee), Jose Aguinaga, Junior Flemmings, Adam Jahn, and Joey Calistri.

Making a good first impression
With Junior Flemmings and Adam Jahn scoring in their debuts, four of the club’s five goals scored in season openers have been tallied by players making their club debut. Flemmings and Jahn join Solomon Asante (2018), Dennis Chin (2015) and Robbie Derschang (2015). Jason Johnson became the first returning player to notch a goal in a season opener with his stoppage-time equalizer.

Starting on the right foot
Following his one goal, one assist performance, Junior Flemmings was recognized by the league in Week 1, being named a Team of the Week Honorable Mention. It’s the second consecutive season a Rising player in his club debut has been recognized by the league in the season opener. (Team of the Week Honorable Mention, 2018).

Nice to (officially) meet you
Phoenix Rising will be squaring off with New Mexico United for the first time in an official match. But, the two clubs have played each other once before. During a closed-door scrimmage the week before the season opener, Phoenix Rising walked away 2-1 winners with goals scored by Junior Flemmings and Jason Johnson.

Feels Like The First Time
New Mexico United will be the 30th different USL Championship club Rising FC has faced. In its previous 29 first-ever meetings, the team is 11-12-6. The last time the club won its first-ever match against another club was on June 13, 2018, in a 4-0 win over LAs Vegas Lights FC.

Home Opener History
Phoenix Rising is 1-3-1 all-time in home openers with the club’s first home-opening win coming in last season’s 4-1 win over OKC Energy FC. … Forward Chris Cortez holds the club record for most career goals in a home opener with two. He scored both against OKC Energy FC in 2018. … Phoenix Rising has sold out its last two home openers.