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MATCHDAY HQ: Phoenix Rising vs. Las Vegas Lights 5.22.21

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 05/22/21, 9:00AM MST


MATCHDAY 4: Phoenix Rising vs. Las Vegas Lights FC 
Location: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex at Wild Horse Pass
Time: 7:30pm
TV: CW61 Arizona
Streaming: (audio only; English)  | La Mejor 106.5FM/1400AM (audio only; Spanish)

What You Need to Know

  • Phoenix Rising is 2-0-0 at Wild Horse Pass
  • Vegas is coached by former USMNT star Steve Cherundolo 
  • This is Mental Health Awareness match, presented by Phoenix Children's 

PHXvLV Series

  • Rising is 6-1-1 all-time vs. Vegas since 2018
  • Rising has never lost to Vegas in Arizona 
  • Rising has outscored Vegas 23-9 all-time

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising  

Santi Moar scored the lone goal against Tampa Bay on May 15. He has now scored or assisted in every game this season. He leads the team in goals (3), assists (2), and is second in chances created (7) behind Solomon Asante (9).

Phoenix leads the league in shots on target per match (6.7) and is tied for first with Tampa Bay in goals per match (2.7). Rising is putting 51.3% of its shots on target and converting 20.5% of its shots to goals, both are on pace to be new club records.

Solomon Asante and Kevon Lambert are each a game away from tying goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski's club record for most career appearances (91). Woszcynski spent five years with Phoenix, while Asante and Lambert are in their third and fourth seasons, respectively.

Per Opta, Phoenix has two of the top five rated players in the league in Asante (4th) and Moar (5th). The two have combined for five goals, two assists, and 16 chances created.

A Little Bit About the Rowdies

LAST STARTING XI (4-3-3): GK Tomas Romero, D Álvaro Quezada, D Chinenye Uche, D Nathan Sepulveda, D Julian Gaines, M Bryce Duke, M Daniel Crisostomo, M Frank Daroma, F Cal Jennings, F Daniel Musovski, F Kwadwo Opoku

Lights FC have given up eight goals in just two games this season. They are tied with San Diego Loyal and Sporting KC II for most goals conceded in the league.

Las Vegas is led this season by U.S. Men’s National Team veteran Steve Cherundolo. In addition to his 87 caps for the United States (including 3 World Cup trips), Cherundolo had more than 350 appearances for Germany's Hanover 96.

This year, the Lights entered into a new affiliation with MLS side Los Angeles Football Club.

“Lights FC is ecstatic to partner with LAFC. To be the best you strive to work with the best & LAFC is a world-class organization,” said Lights FC Owner & C.E.O. Brett Lashbrook. “We’re incredibly proud of what Lights FC is building within the Las Vegas community and today’s announcement provides so many important new resources to accelerate our club’s growth plan.”