What You Need To Know
Saturday, May 25 -- at Real Monarchs SLC, 7:00 p.m.
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Phoenix Rising FC heads to Utah for a weekend trip sandwiched between four home matches to take on Real Monarchs SLC this Saturday, May 25. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 pm and the club is hosting two official watch parties at R.T. O’Sullivans in Scottsdale and Vine Tavern & Eatery on Elliot Road in Tempe.
Rising FC rolls into Utah having won it’s last two matches by a combined score of 7-1. The latest win was a 4-0 dribbling of Las Vegas Lights FC at Casino Arizona Field on May 18. Four different Rising FC players scored in the match (Kevon Lambert, Solomon Asante, Adam Jahn, and Junior Flemmings) and two of those players (Asante and Flemmings) also notched assists. Asante’s individual performance, his first start after being away from the club for personal reasons, was good enough to land him on the USL Team of the Week. His teammate, Lambert, was also recognized by the league with an Honorable Mention nod.
The Monarchs come in not playing as well in their last five matches (just 1-3-1 in that span). The club fought to a 1-1 draw at OKC Energy FC on May 18. In that match, the club needed a stoppage-time equalizer from Arizona-native Tate Schmitt in order to come away with the point. The team has been much better at home (3-1-1) than on the road (0-3-2) this season but lost its last home match, 4-2, to Fresno FC on May 4.
A Little Bit About Real Monarchs
A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising
While Jason Johnson is the only current member of the team to score against SLC while playing with PHX, Adam Jahn has previous success against SLC with a different team. In 2016, while a member of Sacramento Republic, Jahn notched two goals against SLC, each one a game-winner.
PHX hasn’t been able to steal three points at SLC since July 22, 2016. In that match, the PHX blanked SLC, 3-0, with Carl Woszczynski getting a clean sheet. Current assistant coach Blair Gavin also started the match.
Breaking ‘em in
FC Tucson loanees Austin Ledbetter and Kyle Bjornethun made their first starts of 2019 for Phoenix Rising (Ledbetter had made one previous appearance as a sub). With the two new starters, 22 different players have started at least one match for the club. Defender A.J. Cochran is currently the team leader in starts with ten.
Moving on up
Midfielder Kevon Lambert’s 90 minutes of played helped him move up to sixth on the club’s all-time minutes leaderboard, surpassing former player Scott Morrison. He has now played a total of 3,926 minutes. He now needs just 74 minutes to become the sixth player in club history to surpass 4,000 minutes played. Solomon Asante also moved up the career minutes played list, surpassing current assistant coach Blair Gavin to sit at eighth on the list with 3,487 minutes played.
Iron Man Watch
Forward Junior Flemmings remains the only player on the roster who has appeared in every match this season (11). Defender A.J. Cochran is the team’s new minutes played leader with 889 minutes played. He’s followed by Kevon Lambert with 825 minutes played. Amadou Dia (810) and Solomon Asante (802) round out the players who have logged at least 800 minutes this season.