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PREVIEW: Phoenix Rising FC Ready For Drogba’s Debut Against Whitecaps FC 2

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 06/09/17, 1:30PM MST


PHOENIX (June 9, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC (4-5-0) returns home from a three-game league road trip this Saturday, June 10, against Whitecaps FC 2 (4-5-2) at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. The match will also be the debut for international soccer legend Didier Drogba and the club’s new head coach, Patrice Carteron.

Limited 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

On the pitch, Rising FC lost their most recent match, falling 3-2 on the road to OKC Energy last Tuesday. Defender Uchenna Uzo, midfielder Blair Gavin, and goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski all made their first league start of the year on Tuesday, while defenders Eder Arreola and JJ Greer each scored their first goal for the club in the loss.

Meanwhile, Whitecaps 2 enter Saturday’s game on a high note, having won two of their last three matches, including a 1-0 victory over rival Portland Timbers 2 in their most recent match last Saturday. A 56th-minute goal from midfielder Marco Bustos was enough to earn Rich Fagan’s squad three points in the first of three straight road matches.

While Whitecaps FC 2 doesn’t score much — they have scored just 13 goals in 11 games — the club is 6th in the league with four clean sheets so far this season.

Last year, the teams split their two meetings in the USL, with each winning at home. Phoenix earned a dramatic 3-2 win on August 3, 2016, coming back from a 2-0 second-half deficit thanks to two Luke Rooney goals, before Chris Cortez fired home the winner in stoppage time.

Overall, the clubs are 2-2-0 against one another, with the home team winning every match in the series.

Game 10 — Phoenix Rising FC vs. Whitecaps FC 2

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Kickoff:7:30 p.m.
Stadium: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
All-time Series: Phoenix Rising FC is2-2-0 all time

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