PHOENIX (April 28, 2018) — Phoenix Rising FC needed another end-of-match goal, this time from Alessandro Riggi, to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Fresno FC in front of 5,829 fans.
Riggi scored the equalizing goal in the 90th minute. After Mike da Fonte sent a long ball toward the box, Chris Cortez headed it towards Solomon Asante. The midfielder chested the ball down and on one touch hit a perfect ball into the box.
Riggi raced in behind his defender and got to the ball before the goalkeeper, then chipped it into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
Rising FC had been playing down a man for over an hour by that point in the match. In the 26th minute, defender Amadou Dia was shown a straight red card for his tackle on a Fresno attacker. Despite being down a man, Phoenix managed to keep the score level 0-0 for the rest of half.
But Fresno took the lead quickly in the second half following a 47th-minute goal from Jemal Johnson, a lead that held until Riggi's late equalizer.
Phoenix Rising will return home on Friday, May 4, to take on Los Angeles Galaxy II at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. The match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The match will be a blackout night and $1 beer night, plus Carvana will be giving one fan a car. Tickets are available but selling fast. Fans can purchase tickets by heading to PHXRisingFC.com
PHOENIX RISING FC 1-1 FRESNO FC
FFC: 47’, 11-Jemal Johnson (18-Alex Cooper)
PHX: 90', 17-Alessandro Riggi (20-Solomon Asante)
PHX: 26’, 13-Amadou Dia (red)
FFC: 26’, 5-Mickey Daly (yellow)
FFC: 45+3’, 9-Pedro Ribeiro (yellow)
PHX: 54', 2-Dougeui Mala (yellow)
FFC: 78', 15-Danny Barrera (yellow)
PHX: 82', 17-Alessandro Riggi (yellow)
FFC: 88', 17-Noah Verhoeven (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 32-Devante Dubose, 13-Amadou Dia, 4-Mike da Fonte, 2-Doueugui Mala, 41-James Musa (77', 17-Alessandro Riggi), 8-Collin Fernandez, 10-Gladson Awako (77', 21-Luca Ricci), 20-Solomon Asante, 14-Jason Johnson, 7-Billy Forbes (65', 9-Chris Cortez)
Substitutions Not Used: 28-Zac Lubin, 51-Kevaughn Frater, 23-Devin Vega, 25-Victor Vasquez