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Phoenix Rising FC Finishes Two-match Road Swing In Oklahoma City

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 06/21/19, 12:00PM MST


What You Need To Know

  • Phoenix Rising enters the match on a six-match winning streak.
  • The team is 3-2-2 on the road in 2019.
  • Forward Adam Jahn has scored a goal or notched an assist in seven straight matches.
  • Forward Solomon Asante has scored in five straight matches.

Tuesday, June 18th -- W, 3-0, at Reno 1868 FC
Saturday, June 22nd -- at OKC Energy FC, 6:00 p.m.
Stream: ESPN + (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 looks to extend its club-record six-match winning streak when it rolls into Oklahoma City to square up with OKC Energy FC on Saturday night. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 6:00 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 Thirsty Lion in Tempe Marketplace and Three Wisemen in Scottsdale.

The club last played on Tuesday night, a 3-0 win at Reno 1868 FC. Forwards Adam Jahn, Solomon Asante, and Joey Calistri scored and goalkeeper Zac Lubin made five saves en route to his eighth clean sheet of the season. He now sits one clean sheet back of the league leader, Tampa Bay’s John McCarthy.

Energy FC comes into the match unbeaten in its last six matches but has just one win and five draws in that stretch. In its last match, on Saturday, June 15th, OKC Energy held a 1-0 lead into stoppage time, but the visiting San Antonio FC scored an equalizer one minute into stoppage time to steal a point. At home, OKC has done well, going 4-1-3 in eight matches.

Rising FC comes into the match at the top of the table in the Western Conference. This past week was the first time in club history the team has spent a full week in the top spot. Last season, the club moved into first place on September 15, following a 1-0 win over then-Sounders 2 but they were then overtaken by Orange County, who won on the following day.

PHXvOKC Series

  • This will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two clubs with PHX’s all-time record being 5-4-2.
  • The largest margin of victory in the series is four goals, which happened in the first meeting between the two clubs, and the first match in franchise history, a 4-0 OKC win on April 12, 2014.
  • PHX is unbeaten in the last two matches of the series, winning both of them.
  • PHX is 2-2-1 at OKC.

A Little Bit About OKC Energy FC

  • The club’s leading scorer is Deshorn Brown with eight goals in 12 appearances. Owayne Omar Gordon is second on the club with four goals in 16 appearances.
  • Owayne Omar Gordon leads the team in assists with six. Alexy Bosetti and Cordell Cato are second on the club with three.
  • Goalkeeper Cody Laurendi leads all of USL Championship in saves with 52. 
  • Per Opta, Owayne Omar Gordon leads USL Championship in chances created (11).

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising  

  • Per Opta, the team’s 7.0 team rating is tops in USL Championship.
  • PHX has outscored opponents 22-3 in its last six matches (all wins)
  • PHX has scored three or more goals in nine of its last 15 matches.
  • Per Opta, PHX has created 37 big chances as a team, fourth best in USL Championship.
  • PHX’s 37 goals scored is tops in USL Championship.
  • Solomon Asante leads all of USL Championship in assists (8).
  • Zac Lubin’s eight clean sheets are just one off the league leader, TB’s John McCarthy.
  • Adam Jahn's team-leading nine goals is just one off the league lead.
  • Per Opta, Asante has the best average player rating at 8.11. He’s the only player currently above 8.
  • Per Opta, Asante is second in the league in key passes per match (3.4) 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 six-game winning streak, breaking a club record for most consecutive wins set in 2017.

No-Goal June Continues
Following PHX’s 3-0 win over RNO, the club extended its “No-Goal June” streak to nine matches. 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. 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. Junior Flemmings came on as a sub in Jamaica's 3-2 win over Honduras in their Gold Cup opener.

Tracking ahead of pace
Through the first 15 matches of the season, Phoenix Rising has 29 points. In 2018, the club had 28 points through the first 15 matches of the season en route to setting a club record for points in a season.

Goal scoring pace
Phoenix Rising now has 37 goals scored through the first 15 matches of the season. In 2018, the club scored 29 goals through 15 matches en route to setting the club record for goals in a season.

Iron Man Watch
Defender Amadou Dia remains the club’s minutes leader with 1,170 minutes played. He’s followed by Solomon Asante (1,162), Adam Jahn (1,122), and Zac Lubin (1,080) to round out the players who have played at least 1,000 minutes. A.J. Cochran (979), Joey Farrell (973), Junior Flemmings (940), Mustapha Dumbuya (933), and Kevon Lambert (915) round out the players who have notched at least 900 minutes.