PHOENIX (May 19, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC (3-3-0) heads back out onto the road for just the second time in league play this Saturday, May 20, against San Antonio FC (7-0-2) at Toyota Field. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time.
Fans can watch the match live locally on YurView Arizona Cox Channels 7 & 1007 (HD) or online at PHXRisingFC.com. Fans can also head to the club’s official watch party at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill in Tempe Marketplace (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281).
While Phoenix Rising FC hasn’t played a USL road game since April 8, a 2-0 loss to Real Monarchs SLC, the team recently won in Fresno, California against Premier Development League (PDL) side Fresno Fuego on Wednesday in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
The win in Fresno gave the club their second win in five days, following their 2-1 league triumph over Oklahoma City Energy FC last Saturday. Jason Johnson and Shawn Wright-Phillips scored for Phoenix Rising FC in that win, with Wright-Phillips’ goal coming in stoppage time to give the team a dramatic late win.
Dampening the excitement of Saturday’s win, however, were injuries to midfielders Luke Rooney and Alessandro Riggi. Rooney, who scored twice against San Antonio FC last year, tore his right ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Riggi also suffered a right knee injury, but will only by sidelined for the next three to five weeks.
Meanwhile, San Antonio FC is the last unbeaten team in USL, and are led in attack by forward Billy Forbes, who’s six goals are tied for most in the league. Fellow attacker César Elizondo is second on the team with four goals.
Last week, San Antonio FC was held scoreless for the first time this year, as Seattle Sounders FC 2 snapped the team’s five-match winning streak with a 0-0 draw. Like Phoenix Rising FC, San Antonio won their U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, knocking out Houston Dutch Lions 2-1 in Conroe, Texas.
The two clubs have met just three times before, during San Antonio FC’s inaugural season last year. The sides split the three-match series, with Phoenix Rising FC winning its lone home match, 1-0. Rooney’s brace in the team’s first trip to San Antonio wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss later that season, and the final match of the series in San Antonio ended in a 1-1 draw.
Game 7 – Phoenix Rising FC at San Antonio FC
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Kickoff:5:30 p.m., Arizona
Stadium: Toyota Park (San Antonio, TX)
Phoenix Rising FC:3-3-0, 9 pts
San Antonio FC:7-0-2, 23 pts
All-time Series: Phoenix Rising FC is 1-1-1 in its all-time series with San Antonio FC, and has never won a meeting in San Antonio.