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RECAP: Phoenix Rising Football Club Earns Draw After Drogba’s Stoppage-Time Stunner

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 07/08/17, 7:30PM MST


PHOENIX (July 8, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC forward Didier Drogba saved the club from a sure loss with a stoppage-time free kick goal to give the club a 1-1 draw with Orange County Soccer Club. Rising FC (5-5-4) is now unbeaten in five matches, a new club record.

Orange County (4-4-3) had a 1-0 lead in stoppage time due to an 84th-minute free kick goal from Roy Meeus. But with one minute remaining in stoppage time, Phoenix Rising FC midfielder A.J. Gray drew
a foul several feet outside of the penalty area. Standing to the right of the target, Drogba sent his shot toward the near right corner of the net and beat the goalkeeper for the dramatic equalizer.

Phoenix Rising FC will return home to the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday, July 15 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. The match will kickoff at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are still available and fans can purchase them by heading to

Match: Phoenix Rising FC at Orange County SC
Date: July 8, 2017
Location: Great Park| Irvine, CA

Scoring Summary:
OC: 84’, 17-Roy Meeus
PHX: 90+’, 11-Didier Drogba

Disciplinary Summary:
PHX: 50’, 6-Miguel Timm (yellow)
OC: 64’, 9-Monday Etim (yellow)
OC: 77’, 17-Roy Meeus (yellow)
PHX: 79’, 11-Didier Drogba (yellow)

PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 25-Victor Vasquez, 19-Amadou Dia, 5-Peter Ramage, 3-Kody Wakasa; 6-Miguel Timm, 4-Blair Gavin (87’,4-A.J. Gray), 8-Matt Watson (’87, 13-Eder Arreola), 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips (46’, 30-Eric Avila), 9-Omar Bravo, 11-Didier Drogba ©

Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 14-Jason Johnson, 25-Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa, 34-Jordan Stewart