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PREVIEW: Phoenix Rising FC Returns To League Play With Matchup Against Reno 1868 FC

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 05/05/17, 11:45AM MST


Midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips is on the defensive during a training session. (Photo by H. Jose Bosch/

PHOENIX (May 5, 2017) – Phoenix Rising FC (2-2-0) returns home following an off-week friendly in Tucson with a United Soccer League (USL) matchup against Reno 1868 FC (0-3-2) this Saturday, May 6. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the match are still available and can be purchased at Fans can also watch the match live locally on YurView Arizona Cox Channels 7 & 1007 (HD) or online at

Phoenix Rising FC comes out of the month of April having secured six out of a possible 12 points in the season’s first four matches. The club is currently on a two-match winning streak following wins over LA Galaxy II and Swope Park Rangers. The attack has largely been spearheaded by midfielder Luke Rooney, who finished April with three goals and one assist while also being named to the USL Team of the Week twice. Forward Omar Bravo also had a good month, securing a team-leading two assists and forcing a foul in the box that led to the club’s first goal at its new home.

Fans of the club also had a good month. The team’s attendance record was broken twice in April, most recently on April 23 when 7,162 fans watched Phoenix Rising FC beat Swope Park Rangers, 4-3. All three of Phoenix Rising FC’s home matches this season have been sellouts.

On the other side of the pitch will be expansion side Reno 1868 FC. The team sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with just two points in five matches. But Reno came close to its first win of the year in its last match on April 22 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. They held a 2-1 lead for most of the second half, but settled for a draw when the Switchbacks equalized in stoppage time.

Tickets for Saturday’s match can be purchased at Fans can also watch the match live locally on YurView Arizona Cox Channels 7 & 1007 (HD) or online at


Friendly – Phoenix Rising FC vs. Reno 1868 FC
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Arizona
Stadium: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale, AZ)
All-time Series: This will be the first meeting between the two clubs.

Rick Schantz
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