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MATCHDAY HQ: Phoenix Rising at Sacramento Republic 6.26.21

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 06/26/21, 6:45AM MST

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MATCHDAY 9: Phoenix Rising at Sacramento Republic
Location: Heart Health park
Time: 8:00pm
TV: CW61 Arizona
Streaming:  ESPN+ArizonaSports.com (audio only; English)  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Rising won its last matchup in Sacramento, 1-0
  • Rising is 1-2-0 on the road this season
  • Sacramento is winless in its last five matches (0-4-1)  

A Little Bit About Phoenix Rising  

Bouncing back
Phoenix Rising comes into tonight's match not having lost consecutive matches since October 2018 when the club lost back-to-back matches to las Vegas Lights and Portland Timbers 2. The last time Rising went two consecutive matches without a win was in July 2020 when the club lost and then drew Orange County.

The run continues
Phoenix Rising comes into the night having scored in 20-straight regular-season matches. That extends the club's second-longest streak of consecutive regular-season matches with a goal. The previous second-longest mark (17) was set in the 2016 season as Arizona United. The club record is 29 matches, set over 2019 and 2020. The last time the club was shut out in a regular-season match was on July 25, 2020, in a 1-0 loss to Orange County.

Ironman watch
Defender James Musa is the only player on the roster to have played every minute of 2021 (720 minutes) and the only field player to play every minute of every match he's appeared in. Solomon Asante (705), Ryan Flood (692), Santi Moar (634), and Rufat Dadashov (625) round out the top five players in minutes played.

Uncharacteristic struggles
Rising's opponent comes into the match winless in its last five matches. Sacramento hasn't had a winless run this long since 2017 when the club went six matches without a win in April and May..

Longer layoff
Sacramento comes into tonight's match off a longer layoff than the club anticipated. Sacramento's road match at Oakland, scheduled for last Saturday, was postponed because of an unsafe playing surface. Sacramento's last match was on June 9, a 2-0 loss to Real Monarchs.