What You Need To Know
Friday, August 23rd -- vs. Sacramento Republic FC, 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 finishes its three-match homestand against Western Conference rival Sacramento Republic this Friday, August 23, at Casino Arizona Field. It’ll be the club’s last $1 Beer Night until the season finale on Friday, October 18th. 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 comes into the match after winning its 14th consecutive match in a 4-2 win over Reno 1868 FC on $1 Beer Night. Captain Solomon Asante led the club with a brace while Mustapha Dumbuya scored his first goal of the season and Junior Flemmings notched his 10th goal of the year. Asante’s two goals made him the club’s career goals leader with 32, surpassing the previous record holder Chris Cortez (31).
In addition to extending its winning streak to 14 matches, the club also extended its home unbeaten streak and its Casino Arizona Field sellout streak to 15 matches.
Sacramento Republic FC has been in good form recently, losing just one of its last five matches. The club blew the doors off Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 4-0 last week. New signee Thomas Enevoldsen notched a brace while Jamie Villareal and Cam Iwasa each scored a goal.
The pair of clubs last met in Sacramento on April 27th earlier this season and finished in a 0-0 deadlock. Two weeks later, Rising FC began its current winning streak.
Gates to Friday’s match open at 6:00 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans who enter will receive a black Phoenix Rising t-shirt courtesy of Valley Metro.
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With his two goals against Reno last week, Solomon Asante passed Chris Cortez to become the career leader in goals scored (32).
Junior Flemmings scored his tenth goal of 2019 against Reno 1868 FC and became the third player this season with double-digit goals scored (behind Solomon Asante and Adam Jahn). It is 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 14-match winning streak, 11 different players have scored goals: Solomon Asante, José Aguinaga, Jon Bakero, Joey Calistri, Amadou Dia, Mustapha Dumbuya, Junior Flemmings, Adam Jahn, Kevon Lambert, James Musa, and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. On the season, 14 different players have scored a goal. The club record for most players to score in a season is 17, set in 2017.
Protecting the house
Phoenix Rising is unbeaten at home this year with nine wins and three draws. They are one of three teams in USL Championship still unbeaten at home, joining Indy Eleven and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Not only is Phoenix Rising leading USL championship in goals (62) but the club’s goal differential is also the best in the league by a wide margin. The club currently has a +40 goal differential, 12 goals better than the next highest total.
Tracking ahead of pace
Through the first 23 matches of the season, Phoenix Rising has 53 points. In 2018, the club had 41 points through the first 23 matches of the season en route to setting a club record for points in a season.
Goal scoring pace
Phoenix Rising now has 62 goals scored through the first 23 matches of the season. In 2018, the club scored 43 goals through 23 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 1,890 minutes played. He’s followed by Solomon Asante (1,874), Adam Jahn (1,822), Zac Lubin (1,800), and Mustapha Dumbuya (1,603) to round out the top five. 13 players total have logged 1,000 or more minutes this season.
The Unbeaten Legend Grows
Rising FC is now 13-0-0 on $1 Beer Night.
$1 Beer Goals, Goals, Goals
On their July 19, 2019 $1 Beer Night match, PHX broke their single-match record for goals at home with six goals in their 6-0 win over Austin Bold FC. Over 13 $1 Beer Night matches, the club has scored 44 goals.