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Phoenix Rising FC Travels To Las Vegas For USL Game Of The Week

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 09/10/19, 12:00PM MST

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What You Need To Know

  • Phoenix Rising enters the match on a 18-match winning streak.
  • Phoenix Rising enters the match on an 8-match road winning streak.
  • Solomon Asante leads the USL Championship in goals (21) and assists (14).

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, September 11th – at Las Vegas Lights FC, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 14th – vs. LA Galaxy II, 7:30 p.m
Stream: ESPN3 (U.S. viewers)
TV: Your PHX CW (channel 6 on cable and 61.1 on satellite & over-the-air)
Radio: ArizonaSports.com 
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Phoenix Rising FC and its historic winning streak travel to Las Vegas for a Wednesday night showdown with Las Vegas Lights FC. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will air on Your PHX CW (channel 6 on cable and 61.1 on satellite & over-the-air) as well as ArizonaSports.com.

The match is a quick turnaround from the club’s Saturday night 1-0 win over San Antonio FC. Goalkeeper Zac Lubin made five saves en route to his club record-setting 13th clean sheet of the season and captain Solomon Asante scored his USL Championship-leading 21st goal of the season in the 87th minute for the game winner.

The win not only preserved Phoenix Rising’s winning streak (extending it to 18 matches) but the team also broke single-season club records for wins (20) and points (65) in a season.

Las Vegas Lights have managed just one win in their last five matches (1-2-2) but have been very difficult to beat at home this season. The club is 7-2-4 at Cashman Field but did drop its last match at home, 3-0, to Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night.

This will be the final match of the season series for both clubs. They last met back on May 8th, a 4-0 Phoenix Rising win at Casino Arizona Field.

Phoenix Rising will be hosting two watch parties for the match at Social House in Tempe and Brass Tap in Downtown Gilbert. Fans who attend can be entered to win a free Phoenix Rising jersey. 
 
PHXvLV Series

  • This will be the 5th all-time meeting between the two clubs with PHX's all-time record being 3-1-0.
  • All three of PHX's wins against Las Vegas have been shutouts.

A Little Bit About Las Vegas Lights FC

  • The club’s leading scorer is Irvin Parra with 10 goals in 24 appearances. Preston Tabort Etaka is second in goals with 5.
  • Irvin Parra also leads the team with 5 assists.
  • Las Vegas has performed significantly better at home this season (7-2-4) than on the road (1-9-4).

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising  

  • Per Opta, the team’s 7.1 team rating is tops in USL Championship.
  • PHX has outscored opponents 57-14 during its 18-match winning streak.
  • PHX has scored three or more goals in 16 of its last 27 matches.
  • PHX’s 72 goals scored is tops in USL Championship.
  • Solomon Asante leads all of USL Championship in goals (21) and assists (14).
  • Zac Lubin leads the league in clean sheets (13).
  • Per Opta, Asante has the best average player rating at 8.3. He’s the only player currently above 8. PHX has three of the top six rated players in the league (Asante, Flemmings, and Jahn).
  • Per Opta, Asante leads the league in shots on target per match (2) and is tied for second in chances created (15).

Spreading The Wealth
During Phoenix Rising’s 18-match winning streak, 12 different players have scored goals: Solomon Asante, José Aguinaga, Jon Bakero, Joey Calistri, Amadou Dia, Mustapha Dumbuya, Joey Farrell, 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.

Difference Makers 
Not only is Phoenix Rising leading USL championship in goals (72), but the club’s goal differential is also the best in the league by a wide margin. The club currently has a +47 goal differential, 15 goals better than the next highest total.

Win, Win, Win, No Matter What…
Phoenix Rising collected its 20th win of the season on September 7th, breaking a club record for wins in the regular season. With seven matches remaining on the schedule, the club is also within striking distance of the USL Championship record for wins in a season (23), set by FC Cincinnati last season.

Goal-Scoring Pace
Following Solomon Asante’s goal on Saturday, Phoenix Rising now has 72 goals in 2019. The club has an opportunity to break the USL Championship record for team goals in a season (75), set by Reno 1868 FC in 2017.

Another Day, Another Record
With their win against San Antonio on September 7th, PHX secured their 65th point and broke the club record for points in a season (63, set in 2018).

Iron Man Watch
Defender Amadou Dia remains the club’s minutes leader with 2,250 minutes played. He’s followed by Solomon Asante (2,209), Zac Lubin (2,160), Adam Jahn (2,157), and Mustapha Dumbuya (1,783) to round out the top five. 14 players total have logged 1,000 or more minutes this season.

Playoffs Clinched
Phoenix Rising clinched a playoff spot on August 30th, becoming the first club in USL Championship history to do so with nine games left in the season.

Home Sweet Home
Phoenix Rising clinched home field for the Western Conference Quarterfinals on September 7th. PHX is unbeaten at home this season (11-0-3) and have sold out every home game.

Man on Fire
Solomon Asante now has 35 combined goals and assists on the season, breaking a USL Championship record (32) set last year by FC Cincinnati’s Emmanuel Ledesma, who recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in the regular season. Asante's 21 goals are four off the league's regular-season record of 25, set in 2018 by Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster. His 14 assists are two off the league's regular-season record of 16, set in 2018 by Ledesma.

Dynamic Duo
Solomon Asante and Adam Jahn have 35 combined goals on the season. They are two goals away from breaking the league’s regular-season record for most goals scored by two teammates, which is currently 36, set in 2018 by Louisville City FC's Cameron Lancaster (25 goals) and Ilija Ilic (11 goals). 

Clean Sheet King
Zac Lubin secured his 13th clean sheet of the season on Saturday. He leads USL Championship in clean sheets and has the new club record for clean sheets in a season (previously was 12, set by Carl Woszczynski last season).