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Rick Schantz, Solomon Asante and Zac Lubin Named Finalists For USL Championship Awards

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 11/13/19, 11:27AM MST

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Trio led Rising to 2019 regular season title

PHOENIX (November 13, 2019) — Phoenix Rising Football Club head coach Rick Schantz, captain Solomon Asante and goalkeeper Zac Lubin were among the award finalists unveiled by USL Championship today. It’s the first time in club history a player or coach has been on an award finalists list.

Schantz is a Coach of the Year finalist after he led the club to a 24-4-6 record and the 2019 USL Championship Regular Season Title. In addition to breaking league records for most wins (24) and points (78) in a season, the club also set the North American professional soccer record for most consecutive wins (20) under Schantz’s guidance. Schantz also moved himself to the top of the club’s all-time wins list in 2019.

Asante is an MVP finalist after he broke the USL Championship records for assists (17) and combined goals and assists (39) in a single season. His 22 goals scored broke a single-season club record and was just three goals shy of the league record. He was also USL’s Golden Boot Winner and was named to the 2019 All-League First Team.

Lubin is a Goalkeeper of the Year finalist after he set a club record for most clean sheets in a season (14). His 14 clean sheets in 2019 were tied for the most in the league and he was named to the 2019 All-League Second Team.

About Phoenix Rising FC 
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history and the 2019 USL Regular Season Title Winners. The club also holds the record for the longest win streak in American professional soccer history at 20 matches. The club is owned by legendary Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, Advantage Sports Union CEO, Alex Zheng, club governor Berke Bakay, and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities. Established in 2016, Phoenix Rising FC is applying for Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion and currently plays in the USL Championship, the largest Division 2 professional league in the world.  The team also owns FC Tucson, which brings USL League One professional soccer to Southern Arizona.  For season tickets or more information call 623-594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub) or by downloading the Official Team App in the App Store or Google Play.