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Rising Roundup: May 17-May 23

By H. Jose Bosch, 05/23/20, 2:30PM MST


Another week. Another week without a match.


But just because none of us can be at Casino Arizona Field doesn't mean Casino Arizona Field isn't constantly on our minds. Whether it's our #20in20 series delivered by Carvana on Instagram, or Throwback Thursday and "On This Day" posts on Twitter, fans are always quick to share their own personal memories from home matches.

Reminding ourselves of these memories and how much fun we had is important. Eventually we'll be back. And Casino Arizona Field won't sit silent anymore.

Until then, we'll just keep remembering our favorite moments from the past and keep Casino Arizona Field's electric atmosphere in our minds. Or, in the case of this USL fan vivalightsnation on Instagram, we can revisit it as a Minecraft map!

Club content

— Head coach Rick Schantz and his staff have made one thing clear: at Pheonix Rising, it's all about winning trophies. Now that applies to gaming!

Defender Corey Whelan won the Division B Championship for Week 3 of the USL eCup: FIFA 20 edition and as a result, Phoenix Rising was promoted to Division A for week 4. 

If you missed the matches, you can watch them in full on the Phoenix Rising FC Twitch channel. If you need the TL;DR version of the matches, you can click the links below (watch for Whelan's excellent play and stay for Kevon Lambert's and Junior Flemmings' excellent commentary):

— The Rising Recharge is back and tonight, it's DJ Munition spinning hits on the turntable. Head to Phoenix Rising's YouTube page at 8:30 p.m. to watch the set.

— This week, the club revisited Solomon Asante's first goal at Casino Arizona Field for Throwback Thursday.

— Speaking of the past, this week Phoenix Rising was featured in one of USL Championship's "Classic Game of the Day". Relive our thrilling 2-1 win over OKC Energy FC from 2017 when Shawn Wright-Phillips sent Energy FC home without points following his stoppage-time stunner.

— Following up the news that Phoenix Rising was a founding member of the MLS elite player development platform assistant coach Blair Gavin talked about the importance of the program for youth soccer players in Arizona.

— Head coach Rick Schantz discussed what he and his staff have done now that players are back to training at the stadium.

— Goalkeeper Eric Dick learned a new dance. We'll be sure to attribute any highlight-reel saves to this moment.

In the news...

— Jack Barmby sat with Tribal Football to talk about the benefits of playing soccer in the U.S.

Said Barmby: "Honestly I would say to any youth team or reserve team player, if you know you're not going to make the first-team, I would 100 percent do it."

— USL Championship's Nicholas Murray ranked the top 5 midfielders in USL and Kevon Lambert made the cut.

— Head coach Rick Schantz joined Jake Anderson on the Uprising podcast.