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Phoenix Rising Returns Home In Pursuit Of League Record

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 10/11/19, 1:45PM MST

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What You Need To Know

  • Phoenix Rising is unbeaten in 17 straight matches at Casino Arizona Field dating back to last season’s playoffs.
  • Phoenix Rising’s 75 points are just two points shy of matching the USL Championship record for most points in a season (77)
  • Phoenix Rising’s 23 wins match a USL Championship record for most wins in a season.

THIS WEEK
Saturday, October 12th – vs. Real Monarchs SLC @ 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)
Radio: ArizonaSports.com 
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Phoenix Rising plays the first of its final two regular-season home matches when it hosts Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 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 club got back into the win column last Saturday following a wild 5-3 win at Portland Timbers 2. Forward Ben Spencer led all scorers with a brace while midfielder Jose Aguinaga tallied two assists and a goal. Both players were named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for their performances. Kevon Lambert and Junior Flemmings each added a goal.

Flemmings’ goal, his 15th of the season, also helped set a new USL Championship record. Teammates Solomon Asante, Adam Jahn, and Flemmings became the first-ever trio of teammates to score 15 goals each in a single season.

The match was the final road trip of the year for Phoenix Rising as the club earned home-field advantage throughout the USL Playoffs after clinching the USL Regular Season Title. With the road win in Portland, the club finished the season with an 11-3-3 record on the road, setting a club record for most road wins in a season.

Real Monarchs are coming into the match off a quick turnaround. The club shutout Orange County SC 2-0 on Wednesday, benefitting from an own goal in the 73rd minute before an 83rd-minute Maikel Chang goal iced the match. With a playoff spot already locked, the Monarchs are now battling for a guaranteed first-round home match. They are currently 4th in the table with 49 points (the final spot for a guaranteed first-round playoff match) but four other clubs are within two points of them.

This will be the final match of the season series between the two clubs. Phoenix Rising took the first match of the series back on May 25th, a 4-2 win. In that match, Rising FC went down two goals before roaring back with four unanswered tallies.

This weekend’s match is Seltzer Saturday where fans can purchase $2 Natural Light Seltzers all night long. The club is also giving away pink breast health awareness Phoenix Rising t-shirts courtesy of Simon Med Imaging to the first 2,000 fans who arrive. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

PHXvSLC Series

  • This will be the 14th all-time league meeting between the two clubs, with PHX's record being 6-6-1. 
  • PHX won the earlier meeting this season, but it has been a seesaw affair with neither team winning more than two games in a row.

 
A Little Bit About Real Monarchs SLC

  • The club’s leading scorer is Douglas Martínez with 15 goals in 20 appearances. Maikel Chang is second in goals with 11.
  • Douglas Martínez also leads the team with 6 assists, followed by Maikel Chang with 5.
  • SLC is 4-8-4 on the road this season, as opposed to 9-2-3 at home.

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising  

  • Per Opta, the team’s 7.0 team rating is tops in USL Championship.
  • PHX has scored three or more goals in 18 of its 32 games this season.
  • PHX’s 85 goals scored is tops in USL Championship. Solomon Asante leads all of USL Championship in goals (22) and assists (16).
  • Zac Lubin leads the league in clean sheets (13).
  • Per Opta, Asante has the best average player rating at 8.19. He’s the only player currently above 8. PHX has two of the top three rated players in the league (Asante and Flemmings).

Regular Season Champs
Phoenix Rising clinched the Supporters' Shield on September 28th, and will now have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Phoenix remains unbeaten at home this season with a 12-0-3 record.

Win, Win, Win, No Matter What…
Phoenix Rising has 23 wins on the season and have already broken the club record for wins in the regular season (19). With two matches remaining on the schedule, the club has now tied the USL Championship record for wins in a season (23), set by FC Cincinnati last season. PHX will look to gain sole possession of the record vs. SLC this weekend.

Chasing Records
Phoenix Rising has already broken the club record for points in a season (63, set in 2018). With 75 points, PHX now has the chance to break the USL Championship record for most points in a season (77), set by FC Cincinnati last season.

Spreading The Wealth
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 (85), but the club’s goal differential is also the best in the league by a wide margin. The club currently has a +52 goal differential, 23 goals better than the next highest total.

Score First, Win Always
Phoenix Rising is undefeated (20-0-0) when scoring first.

Iron Man Watch
Solomon Asante is now the club’s minutes leader with 2,557 minutes played. He’s followed by Amadou Dia (2,539), Adam Jahn (2,502), Zac Lubin (2,430), and José Aguinaga (2,061) to round out the top five. 15 players total have logged 1,000 or more minutes this season.

Man on Fire
Solomon Asante has 38 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 22 goals are three off the league's regular-season record of 25, set in 2018 by Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster. His 16 assists tie the league's regular-season record, set in 2018 by Ledesma.

Clean Sheet King
Zac Lubin has 13 clean sheets on the season, leading USL Championship and setting a new club record for clean sheets in a regular season (previously was 12, set by Carl Woszczynski last season). He is also two clean sheets off the league record for most shutouts in the regular season (15, set last year by Ottawa Fury FC's Maxime Crépeau).