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Phoenix Rising FC Kicks Off Road Trip In Reno

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 06/17/19, 11:00AM MST


What You Need To Know

  • Phoenix Rising enters the match on a five-match winning streak.
  • The team is 2-2-2 on the road in 2019.
  • Forward Adam Jahn has scored a goal or notched an assist in six straight matches.

Tuesday, June 18th -- at Reno 1868 FC, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22nd -- at OKC Energy FC, 6:00 p.m.
Stream: ESPN 3 (U.S. viewers)
TV: Your PHX CW (channel 6 on cable and 61.1 on satellite & over-the-air)
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Phoenix Rising FC doesn’t have to wait long for its next match as the club travels to Nevada for a showdown with Reno 1868 FC just three days after its last match. The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and will air on YourPHX CW (channel 6 on cable and 61.1 on satellite & over-the-air). Fans can watch the match at one of two official watch parties at Pig & Pickle in Scottsdale and The Brass Tap in Gilbert.

The club is currently on a five-match winning streak, matching a club record set in 2017. Last Saturday, Rising FC extended the streak with a 3-0 win over Western Conference rival Orange County SC. After benefitting from an own goal, the club got goals from Joey Calistri and Solomon Asante to cruise to the shutout win. Calistri’s goal was his first in a Rising uniform and goalkeeper Zac Lubin earned his 7th clean sheet of the season.

Reno 1868 FC comes into the match unbeaten at home in 2019, going 4-0-3 in seven matches. The club also played on Saturday, downing LA Galaxy II, 4-2, at Greater Nevada Field. Four different players scored in that match as the club pulled away with two goals in the second have to break the match’s deadlock. Reno has gone 3-1-1 in its last five matches.

Rising FC comes into the match sitting at the top of the Western Conference standings for the first time in 2019. The club’s 26 points are just three points better than 5th-place Reno in the tightly-packed Western Conference.

PHXvRNO Series

  • This will be the 5th all-time meeting between the two clubs with PHX’s all-time record being 1-1-2.
  • The largest margin of victory in the series is four goals, which happened in the first meeting between the two clubs, a 4-0 Reno win on May 6, 2017.
  • PHX is unbeaten in the last three matches of the series, going 1-0-2 in that stretch.
  • In the last three matches of the series, a combined one goal has been scored.

A Little Bit About Reno 1868 FC

  • The club’s leading scorer is Brian Brown with eight goals in 11 appearances. Corey Hertzog is second on the club with seven goals in 14 appearances.
  • Brian Brown also leads the team in assists with five. Corey Hertzog is second on the club with four.
  • Seth Casiple is second in USL Championship in chances created (47)
  • Per Opta, Brian Brown’s best average match rating (7.75) is third-best in USL Championship. His shots on target per match (1.5) is 5th in the league.
  • Per Opta, Seth Casiple’s key passes per match (3.4) is tops in USL Championship.
  • Per Opta, RNO’s 6.9 team rating is tied for third in USL Championship.
  • Per Opta, RNO’s 5.5 shots on target per match is third in USL Championship.
  • RNO’s 37 big chances created is third in USL Championship.
  • RNO is the second-least fouled team in USL Championship (147 fouls).

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising  

  • Per Opta, the team’s 7.0 team rating is tops in USL Championship.
  • PHX has outscored opponents 19-3 in its last five matches (all wins)
  • PHX has scored three or more goals in eight of its last 14 matches.
  • Per Opta, PHX has created 35 big chances as a team, fourth best in USL Championship.
  • PHX’s 34 goals scored is tops in USL Championship.
  • Solomon Asante is in a three-way tie for first in assists (7) in USL Championship.
  • Zac Lubin’s seven clean sheets are just two off the league leader, TB’s John McCarthy.
  • Per Opta, Asante has the best average player rating at 8.05. He’s the only player currently above 8.
  • Per Opta, Asante is second in the league in key passes per match (3.3) and chances created (9) and leads the league in shots on target per match (1.8)

Winning streak continues
PHX comes into the match on a five-game winning streak, matching the club record for most consecutive wins set in 2017. The 2017 streak began with a 2-1 win over COS on September 9 and ended with a 2-0 win over Portland Timbers 2 on September 27.

No-Goal June Continues
Following PHX’s 3-0 win over OC, the club continued its “No-Goal June” streak. In 2018, the team recorded five consecutive clean sheets in June, the first time the team had ever gone a full month without allowing a goal. In fact, the clean sheet streak dates back to the team’s final match of June 2017 (eight matches total). The last time a team scored on PHX in June was the Real Monarchs on June 24, 2017.

National Team Call Up
The club will be without midfielder Kevon Lambert and Junior Flemmings after both were called up by the Jamaican National Team for the 2019 Gold Cup. Both were last called up earlier this year, on March 18, when the national team had a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier and an international friendly during a FIFA International window.

Tracking ahead of pace
Through the first 14 matches of the season, Phoenix Rising has 26 points. In 2018, the club had 25 points through the first 14 matches of the season en route to setting a club record for points in a season.

Goal scoring pace
Phoenix Rising now has 34 goals scored through the first 14 matches of the season. In 2018, the club scored 25 goals through 14 matches en route to setting the club record for goals in a season.

Iron Man Watch
With Forward Junior Flemmings out for the Gold Cup this past weekend, he became the last player to have appeared in all of the club’s matches in 2019, but he remains the team leader in appearances (13). Defender Amadou Dia remains the club’s minutes leader with 1,080 minutes played. He’s followed by Solomon Asante (1,072), and Adam Jahn (1,033) to round out the players who have played at least 1,000 minutes. Zac Lubin (990), A.J. Cochran (979), Junior Flemmings (940), and Kevon Lambert (915) round out the players who have notched at least 900 minutes.