PHOENIX (August 12, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC settled for a draw at Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, as the Toros scored a stoppage-time equalizer for a 1-1 result. Phoenix Rising forward Jason Johnson scored his fifth goal of the season from a first-half penalty kick to help Phoenix Rising pick up a point.
With Rising FC seemingly in line for a tough 1-0 win, Amadou Dia received his second yellow card of the match in the 86th minute, which sent him to the locker room and left Phoenix Rising to play with ten men.
Two minutes later, defender Doueugui Mala received a straight red card for a challenge from behind, forcing the club to play with just nine players for the final two minutes of the match and six minutes of stoppage time.
In the fifth minute of stoppage time,
Toros midfielder Todd Wharton headed a ball into the air, allowing his teammate Ivan Magalhaes to send his own header past Phoenix Rising goalkeeper Carl Woszyznski for the game-tying goal.
Prior to the red cards, Phoenix had allowed just two shots on target while scoring the match’s only goal.
Late in the first half, a Johnson cross into the box was blocked by the left hand of Toros’ defender Taylor Hunter, drawing a penalty. The Rising FC forward preceded to strike his spot kick past Rio Grande Valley goalkeeper Borja Angoitia.
Johnson had a chance to double the Phoenix Rising lead in the 59th
minute, when build-up passing from midfielders Alessandro Riggi and Shaun Wright-Phillips sprang him inside the Toros’ box. But a Rio Grande Valley defender recovered to block the close-range attempt.
Phoenix Rising FC concludes its three-match road trip next Friday
night, when it travels to Southern California to face Orange County SC. That match will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
The club returns home on August 26 to face Sacramento Republic FC. The match will begin at 8:00 p.m. and fans can still purchase tickets by heading to www.PHXRisingFC.com
Match: Phoenix Rising FC at Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
Date: August 12, 2017
Location: H-E-B Park | Edinburg, Texas
RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC TOROS 1-1 PHOENIX RISING FC
PHX: 41’, 14-Jason Johnson (PK)
RGV: 90+5’, 5-Ivan Magalhaes (14-Todd Wharton)
PHX: 30’, 15-Jordan Gibbons (yellow)
PHX: 34’, 4-Blair Gavin (yellow)
PHX: 59’, 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips (yellow)
PHX: 67’, 19-Amadou Dia (yellow)
PHX: 84’, 17-Alessandro Riggi (yellow)
PHX: 86’, 19-Amadou Dia (second yellow, red)
PHX: 88’, 2-Doueugui Mala (red)
RGV: 90+4’, 10-Eric Bird (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 1-Carl Woszczynski; 19-Amadou Dia, 33-Jordan Stewart, 5-Peter Ramage (C), 15-Jordan Gibbons (73’, 2-Doueugui Mala); 4-Blair Gavin, 8-Matt Watson, 17-Alessandro Riggi, 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips (77’, 23-Hurlow-Paonessa), 24-A.J. Gray (69’, 30-Eric Avila); 14-Jason Johnson
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Josh Cohen, 6-Miguel Timm, 3-Kody Wakasa, 11-Didier Drogba