What You Need To Know
Saturday, August 10th -- vs. El Paso Locomotive, 7:30 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 returns to Casino Arizona Field to begin a three-match homestand this Saturday night in a matchup with El Paso Locomotive FC. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will air on YourPHX CW (channel 6 on cable and 61.1 on satellite & over-the-air) as well as ArizonaSports.com.
Rising FC’s USL Championship-record winning streak remains intact (12 matches) following a scare in last week’s road trip to Los Angeles. In that match, Phoenix Rising trailed Los Dos, 2-0, heading into the hour mark. But powered by three unanswered goals from Solomon Asante, Junior Flemmings, and Joey Caltistri (the game winner), Rising FC came back home with three points and its winning streak alive.
Asante’s goal gave him 15 for the season, which puts him in a tie for the USL Championship Golden Boot Award. Despite not notching an assist in LA, Asante still remains the league leader in that category with 11.
During Phoenix Rising’s 12-match winning streak, the club has outscored opponents 41-8 and collected seven clean sheets. Where matches happen have not mattered either. The club has gone 6-0-0 at Casino Arizona Field both home and away.
El Paso Locomotive comes into the match in poor form. The club hasn’t picked up a win since June 15, a stretch of seven matches (0-4-3 record). During that time, the club has also been shutout in five matches. In their last match, Locomotive FC fell to New Mexico United, 3-0.
This will be the second-ever meeting between the two clubs. Phoenix Rising shutout Locomotive FC, 2-0, in El Paso on April 13. It was Rising FC’s first win of the 2019 season.
A Little Bit About El Paso Locomotive
A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising
Down But Not Out
In PHX's most-recent match, the club had to overcome a two-goal deficit to extend its winning streak. It was the third time this season the club has come from behind to win. On May 25, the club overcame a 2-0 deficit to Real Monarchs to win 4-2. On June 29, the club fell behind 2-1 to POR before scoring three unanswered to win 4-2.
Party like it’s 20/20
Solomon Asante needs one more assist to reach 20 career assists with the club. When he does that, he will become the first player in club history to have 20+ career goals and assists with the team. He is also the club’s career assist leader with 19 and he is currently third in team history in career goals (27).
Junior Flemmings scored his ninth goal of 2019 against LA Galaxy II. If he scores one more goal, he will become the third player this season with double digits scored this season (behind Solomon Asante and Adam Jahn). It would be the first time in club history three players have scored ten or more goals in the same season. In each of the last two seasons, the club has had two double digit goal scorers.
Spreading The Wealth
During Phoenix Rising’s 12-match winning streak, nine different players have scored goals: Solomon Asante, Junior Flemmings, Joey Calistri, Kevon Lambert, Jon Bakero, Adam Jahn, James Musa, Amadou Dia, and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. On the season, 12 different players have scored a goal. The club record for most players to score in a season is 17, set in 2017.
With their 3-2 win at LA last weekend, Phoenix Rising set a USL Championship record for most consecutive road wins in a season (6).
Not only is Phoenix Rising leading USL championship in goals (56) but the club’s goal differential is also the best in the league by a wide margin. The club currently has a +37 goal differential, 12 goals better than the next highest total.
Tracking ahead of pace
Through the first 21 matches of the season, Phoenix Rising has 47 points. In 2018, the club had 38 points through the first 21 matches of the season en route to setting a club record for points in a season.
Goal scoring pace
Phoenix Rising now has 56 goals scored through the first 21 matches of the season. In 2018, the club scored 35 goals through 21 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 1,710 minutes played. He’s followed by Solomon Asante (1,694), Adam Jahn (1,642), Zac Lubin (1,620), and Mustapha Dumbuya (1,423) to round out the top five. 12 players total have logged 1,000 or more minutes this season.