Didier Drogba celebrates with his teammates following a highlight-worthy goal in Phoenix Rising FC's 2-0 win over LA Galaxy II (Michael Rincon/PHXRisingFC.com)
CARSON, Calif. (August 5, 2017) — Forward Didier Drogba shocked the crowd with an unforgettable goal and midfielder Alessandro Riggi provided insurance in a 2-0 Phoenix Rising FC win over LA Galaxy II. It was the third win in three matches over Los Dos this season and it’s the second time in club history Phoenix Rising has swept the season series against LA.
The match’s most memorable moment came less than 20 minutes after kickoff. Standing 35 yards away from the box, Drogba smashed a right-footed rocket into the top right corner of the net, stunning the crowd and giving Phoenix Rising an early 1-0 lead.
Riggi helped finish the match off just before the end of the half. Midfielder Blair Gavin sent a rolling pass out wide to the right of the pitch. Riggi took off with the ball toward the net before juking to his left, then cutting to his right and creating space from his defender. He went into space and beat the goalkeeper to the far-left post to make it 2-0.
Phoenix Rising FC continues its three-match road trip next Saturday, August 12, when the club travels to Rio Grande Valley FC. The match will kickoff at 5:30 p.m.
Phoenix Rising FC’s next match at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex is on Saturday, August 26. The team squares off against Sacramento Republic FC and will kick off at 8:00 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets by heading to www.PHXRisingFC.com
Match: Phoenix Rising FC at LA Galaxy II
Date: August 5, 2017
Location: StubHub Center Track Stadium | Carson, CA
LA GALAXY II 0-2 PHOENIX RISING FC
PHX: 13’, 11-Didier Drogba
PHX: 45’, 17-Alessandro Riggi (4-Blair Gavin)
LA: 82', 69-Jeffrey Playeras (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 1-Carl Woszczynski; 19-Amadou Dia, 33-Jordan Stewart, 5-Peter Ramage, 15-Jordan Gibbons; 4-Blair Gavin, 8-Matt Watson, 17-Alessandro Riggi, 11-Didier Drogba © (90’, 14-Jason Johnson), 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips (69’, 24-AJ Gray); 7-Chris Cortez
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Josh Cohen, 3-Kody Wakasa, 6-Miguel Timm, 20-Romilio Hernandez, 30-Eric Avila